Yo, bonus! Make all your periods size 14. It doesn't visibly change the period dot itself, but it adds a tiny bit of space that works wonders.
(As in extra half page wonders.)
Though, most of the majoring/degree course lecturers over here occasionally doesn't mind if it's shorter sometimes depending on the amount of content, and if it shows the good level of understanding, they make an exception.
but usually most teachers/professors have appointed which font size and line pitch you have to use, but that depends on the school/university I guess. So its writing everything in fancy words for me I guess