Though it’s certainly possible — and absolutely necessary — to teach the fundamental principles and processes of writing a solid research paper, we often glean some of the most valuable and longest-lasting lessons from our own experiences.

In this vein, our colleagues at Questia asked their readers: “what’s the best lesson you’ve learned about writing a great paper?” To read the top five student responses, visit the Questia blog. These remarks can give you insight into the student mind — and perhaps inspire you to ask your own students to share what they’ve learned from their experiences.

Questia is the premier online research and paper writing resource. Since its founding in 1998, Questia has helped students find and cite high-quality, scholarly research. With emphasis on subjects related to the humanities and social sciences, Questia provides the resources needed to complete most college-level, core-curriculum course assignments. At the Questia blog, students will find tips on writing research papers, studying, and topics related to college success.