Everyone makes mistakes. It’s not a secret, of course, but now you are a student and there is plenty to learn Actually, this is how studying works: you try and draw conclusions from your faults.
When writing papers, you probably thought of borrowing ideas that belong to someone else. And you got your “aha” moment: “I have to read works of some other authors.” You are not a content thief, and you were not going to steal somebody else’s intellectual property, just borrow a few ideas… And plagiarism checker tools show a positive result! How come?
Writing is considered to be one of the most difficult mental activities. But there are quite a few easy to learn techniques and some practical exercises can help you better writing skills. Have you ever tried the stream of consciousness technique?
Making references matters a lot. Papers you write differ in style and format, and the way you should attribute original sources differs as well. As a rule, there are no strict instructions as to how references in your essays should be made unless your teacher or professor asks you to stick to a particular format (APA or MLA style, etc).
Your studying process is both intense and exciting, and your educators do their best to teach you skills you’ll need in future. There are a lot of things you should learn by yourself before graduation because they are going to be helpful in studying and at work.