Making the Grade

According to a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, students who committed to shorter-term, task-oriented goals rather than the long-term grade for a course performed better. In other words, students who focused more on getting homework done or preparing for an exam got higher grades than those who concentrated on the ambiguous goal of “getting an A in class.” The paper went on to say that having tangible goals was especially easy to implement in fully online classes because of the technology used to deliver course content.

Therefore, one of the keys to success in higher education is targeting the input rather than the output. With that in mind, one of the best resources for help when writing or researching a paper or creating a project for class is Amberton’s Learning Resource Center (LRC). Our library contains a wealth of knowledge and assistance to help students increase their performance in class.

On campus students are encouraged to come by the library and ask for reference help. We can help you find the best print books, ebooks and database articles. We also have formatting/citation guidelines to help you create quality papers and projects. Students needing a little extra edge can find the help they need via the library’s EBSCO Learning Express database. This database includes tutorials that can help students with writing, research, computers and software, math skills, job interviews, and much more.

The LRC is equally useful to our distance learning students. In addition to accessing our databases, students taking online courses can contact the library to schedule a Google Hangout. The Hangout allows the librarian staff to provide you with one-on-one instruction on our various databases and how to use them to your best advantage to find the kind of credible information you need for assignments.

Writing and research encompasses a great deal of university-level work, so leveraging all of your available assets will work to your advantage. Don’t ignore the resources that are available to you. Let us help you. Also, remember some of these helpful tips from writingrock.org:

  1. Always start as soon as possible. Make sure you allow for enough time to find the right topic and resources.
  2. Read the most important materials first.
  3. Organize your materials and your notes carefully.
  4. Get to know the specific rules concerning the academic citation style you have to use.
  5. Pay attention to the logical flow and structure of your paper. Don’t forget a proper introduction and conclusion since these are the things the readers will most likely remember the most.


Feel free to call us (972-279-6511, ext. 137), email (Library@amberton.edu), come by, or chat with us online. We’re here for you.

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