A term paper is a noun with its plural noun being term papers.
It is a long essay that is given to students to do at the end of a particular term or semester. The term paper draws from work done in the course of the term or semester and goes a long way to contribute to the overall grade of students. Use of term papers helps lecturers to access the level of understanding of the students. Considering that term paper writing requires the use of the students’ technical expertise and research, the writers tend to reflect on what they are doing thereby leading to understanding of the topic of study.