The Science

7spell is scientifically designed, and utilizes principles based on decades of research in learning, retention, and psychology. Here is a summary of the theory and research behind 7spell's effectiveness.

Craik, F., and Tulving, E. "Depth of processing and the retention of words in episodic memory." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol 104(3) (1975): 268-294. Print and PDF. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0096-3445.104.3.268

In this seminal study performed at the University of Toronto, Canada, the authors performed a series of tests in which they gave the study participants a sequence of words to learn, with information related to each word as it appeared in order. They discovered that when the information provided stimulated the participant's brain to process the word on a more involved level (referred to as "deep encoding" or "degree of elaboration" in the study), that word was more effectively learned and remembered. With 7spell, the user is given a wide range of additional information about each spelling word, including the word's definition - one of the key factors in enhanced memory, according to this study - as well as usage examples, synonyms, and antonyms.

Gelman, B.D., Gruber, M.J., and Ranganath, C. "States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit." Neuron, 22 October 2014, 84(2): 486-496. Web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2014.08.060

Students who are eager to learn are more likely to remember what they have learned, something that the authors of this study demonstrate. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show real-time connections between a person's curiosity about a specific topic, and the production of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and the brain's reward system. The authors also concluded that a higher level of interest and curiosity in a topic or question leads to better memory and enhanced learning. Including exercises that stimulate curiosity, and providing reward mechanisms as part of the study process, also increases a person's ability to absorb and retain information, as the researchers found. 7spell has a text import feature that allows each user to include and incorporate practice material that matches their interests, while learning the spelling of words in those texts. The system also uses several different reward systems to encourage users to continue working towards their defined goals.

Garcia, S.M., Tor, A., and Schiff, T.M. "The Psychology of Competition: A Social Comparison Perspective." Perspectives on Psychological Science, November 2013, 8(6):634-650. Print and web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1745691613504114

Each person is influenced by a unique set of factors related to their own status and progress towards goals, but is also affected to a greater or lesser degree by the achievements and perceived standards of the people around them. This analysis of past and current studies looks at the way people view and are motivated by individual goals as well as societal achievement (competition). The authors conclude that effective use of motivational strategies must take both into account. This is something that 7spell accomplishes by providing each user with the ability to set personal goals, earn reward points, and view their own progress tracking reports, and also to publish all of those results on public social media platforms.

Kivetz, R., Urminsky, O., and Zheng, Y. "The Goal-Gradient Hypothesis Resurrected: Purchase Acceleration, Illusionary Goal Progress, and Customer Retention." Journal of Marketing Research, February 2006, 43(1):39-58. Web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1509/jmkr.43.1.39

In a study focusing on the influence of reward-scheme programs on behavior, the authors found that when people see visible progress towards their goals they are more likely to increase the activity required to reach those goals. The study also confirms that most people are also motivated by receiving rewards for completing specific activities, even if those rewards are not immediately transferable to actual material or monetary benefits. Status points, rewards, and real-time progress tracking are all methods used in 7spell to encourage frequent spelling practice by awarding points for the completion of exercises and activities. Because the user can access their progress charts at any time, they will always be able to see how close they are to achieving their personal spelling goals.

Buton, M., Winterbauer, N., and Todd, T. "Relapse processes after the extinction of instrumental learning: Renewal, resurgence, and reacquisition." Behavioural Processes, May 2012, 90(1): 130–141. Print and web. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2012.03.004

Instrumental learning, also called "operant conditioning," is a method by which behaviors are learned in connection with a stimulus, a reward, or both. In this research done at the University of Vermont, the authors studied the ways in which the information connected to a specific behavior is retained when the stimulus is removed, and how subsequent repetition or reward reinforces information recall and a resumption of previously learned behaviors. They conclude that there are two primary methods of reinforcing active memory and behavior: by creating a different way to test the subject's memory, and by providing the opportunity for intensive focused repetition of that stimulus-behavior response. These two methods are widely used in the 7spell activities and games to create the link between instruction and memory that is so crucial in effective spelling learning on the student's part.

Xue, G., Mei, L., Chen, C., Lu, Z-L., Poldrack, R., Dong, Q. "Spaced Learning Enhances Subsequent Recognition Memory by Reducing Neural Repetition Suppression." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2011;23(7):1624-1633. Print and web. http://doi:10.1162/jocn.2010.21532

In this study comparing long-term and short-term memory, the study authors tested the neural activity of participants as they memorized a set of images. Half of the study participants used massed learning techniques, in which each new image was presented multiple times in a row; the other half were given the images in a spaced repetition mode, where the images were shown in alternating order. Although each participant saw each image the same number of times, the people in the spaced-repetition exercise were able to accurately remember more images, and for a longer period of time. Repetition is a key technique in learning spelling, and 7spell incorporates spaced repetition in two ways. First, the system uses randomized selection of spelling words from the user's current list to populate the activities and exercises, ensuring an interval between word reviews. Second, the system's Word Discover feature provides pop-up instant review of the words on that list, again in random order. By providing users with multiple opportunities throughout the day to read and review their words, 7spell provides all of the benefits of the spaced repetition methodology in its spelling instruction.

Blocki, J., Cranor, L., Datta, A., and Komanduri, S. "Spaced Repetition and Mnemonics Enable Recall of Multiple Strong Passwords." Cornell University Library, January 3, 2015. PDF. http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.1490v2

Spaced repetition is a memory training tool that relies on frequent and consistent review of information; mnemonics is a memory technique that involves multiple ways of looking at that information, such as the incorporation of images or story lines. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University focused on the combination of spaced repetition and mnemonics in evaluating how best to train people to remember specific pieces of information: computer passwords. They found that by combining the two methodologies, the results in both ease of learning and retention were increased. 7spell uses each method separately and together to help users learn and remember new spelling words by using the same words in multiple exercises, presenting spelling words in a variety of formats, and encouraging users to add information related to each word to make a personal connection that helps them to remember that word and its correct spelling.

8 Amazing Tricks To Get The Most Out of Your Productivity in Writing





Kerrie Haynes


Writing is a very complex process; like every other form of creativity, it requires not only commitment, talent, and hard work, but also an inspiration. Inspiration is a domain that is considered to be simply given at a particular moment, so writers usually think that it cannot be facilitated. However, this is not completely true. There are a few ways to ensure a positive impact on productivity in writing. Before these tips are presented, one should remember that there is always an option to contact websites such as MyEssayWriting. This website is profiled for providing different kinds of writing assistance, so writers can address to it in the time of need.

Make it a routine

A routine implies that writer should determine a specific time for every day during which he will write. It is recommended to always write in the same place if possible (the same room or the same table). Although this may seem irrelevant, it is actually very important. By ensuring these circumstances, writers will “train their brain” to start working in a particular time and place.

Make frequent breaks

During the writing, it is hard to be highly concentrated for a long period of time, so the writer should make frequent breaks during his work. When one starts to lose his focus and attention, he should take a break. The duration of breaks and work periods can vary, but one of the most common rules is 45/15, i.e., 45 minutes of writing and 15 minutes of break.

Set mini-deadlines

Writers should try to finish a specific task before taking a break; for example, “After I finish the first two paragraphs, I will take a break”. This will ensure productive work, and the writer won’t spend a few hours for only a few sentences.

Write down the ideas

When it comes to writing, the ideas are probably the most valuable concept; writers usually feel that they don’t have control over whether an idea will occur or not. When an idea pops up, writers shouldn’t think: “Oh, great idea, I will remember it”, as it is very easy to forget it. This is why it should be written down immediately, and even elaborated if possible. A great thing about this is that it can be done while taking a walk or a ride (a lot of writers say that this is the time when they come up with the most of their ideas).

Use online assistance

The internet is a place where various kinds of writing assistance can be found. Some of these are technical, and others are more pragmatic and creative like, in the case, of MyEssayWriting. For example, one can easily find grammar or spelling checker (Grammarly), make sure that his sentences are syntactically correct and natural (Hemingway App), or find a proper synonym for almost any term imaginable (Thesauru.com). There are other similar apps, so writers should do their research on this topic.

Don’t procrastinate

The worst thing for a writer is to postpone his writing. The attitude “I’ll do it tomorrow” is never an effective one. By doing this, all that one will end up will be piles of obligation and deadlines, and very little time for their fulfillment.

Avoid distractions

While writing, the best idea is to log off from all of the social networks and to even turn off the mobile phone if possible. Finding a quiet and distraction-free place will allow writers to devote himself completely to the writing.

Conduct a research before writing

Before the writing takes place, the writer should inform himself about a particular topic that he is writing about. This will not only save his time and make his writing more effective, but will also provide different perspectives, and thus, more original ideas.

All of these tips have been shown as very successful ones. The best advice for the writer is to consider all of them and to stick to the ones that turn out to be the most effective.


Kerrie Haynes, is a final year student in the University of Oxford. She is a young journalist and likes to write about kids and education as it is one of the important things in life. You can find her at: https://myessaywriting.co.uk/

5 Little-Known Facts About Scripps Spelling Bee (Guest Post)





Lauren Ebsary


Having correct spelling is probably on of the foundations of proper written English. With text messaging, lack of time, and little attention to the subject, people may not think that spelling words right really matters in the real world anymore. However, they’re not always right. Correct spellings tell the other person who you are, especially when it comes to writing a professional essay, resume, cover letter, or any form of the memo.

But that’s the real world. In the schooling world, the most important event related to spelling is, of course, the Scripps National Spelling Bee! Every year, the E. W. Scripps Company holds a glamorous and prestigious version of a Spelling Bee championship in the United States of America. A dream come through for logophiles, there are also some very fun facts about this event. Some of them are listed below:

It’s Possible to Have Two Winners

There have, in fact, been two people securing the first position in the Scripps Spelling Bee, in the year 1950, 1957, and 1962. More recently, and for the first time in over fifty years, two children won the first price in 2014. These two deserve to be named, too. They were Sriram Hathwar from Painted Post, NY and Ansun Sujoe from Fort Worth, TX.

Where does the word “Bee” come from?

Anyone ever stopped to think why spelling was connected with that particular species? The answer for sure is actually unknown, although the word ‘bee’ has traditionally been used for a social gathering for one single activity. Apparently, the term is purely American in origin and has been in use long before the twentieth century.

Words are Reviewed for the “Giggle Factor”

Cultural and social quirks have to be accounted for when finalizing the words give to the contestants. Some words like ‘flatulence’ or ‘titillation’ might send a middle schooler off into a fit of giggles. In front of a large audience, such an occurrence could be time-wasting at best and embarrass the student at worst.

Hence, it was confirmed by those in the know that each word was thoroughly reviewed before it could appear as in the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Career Patterns of Good Spellers

The first ever Scripps Spelling Bee Champion went on to become a lawyer when he grew up. Since then, most of the finalists in the spelling bee mostly have careers within the fields of science, medicine, or the like. It sort of makes sense, when you think about all the long and hard words that medical books and texts contain. Not being afraid, overwhelmed, or intimidated by complicated long groupings of letters really does come in handy.

Traffic Lights Have a Different Use

Each participant is given a total of two minutes to spell a word. To give them the benefit of being able to track their remaining time, a traffic light is used. The first minute and fifteen seconds, the light is green. Then fifteen seconds of yellow and finally red for the remaining time.

While the judges and the pronouncer could help out the participants by repeating the word or maybe using it in a sentence when the light is green or yellow, they can’t do so anymore once the light turns red. A simple but extremely efficient method.

Wrapping Up…

The Scripps Spelling Bee is one of those events that cherish and motivate students to learn correct spellings, even of those words which they feel one can never use in a lifetime. Indeed, no one really knows what tidbit of information might come in handy at any point. Winning the Scripps Spelling Bee is probably reason enough, as it is a very famous and prestigious event.

Winning this championship, or even being a finalist, is an honor. Moreover, the competition also tests abilities to persevere under stress, focus on the task at hand, and overcome the fear of crowds when faced with the audience. All these are also skills that would further help the participants succeed in their lives.

Author Bio:

Alyssa Healy is an elementary school teacher who frequently blogs about her teaching and learning experiences with her kids at Essay writing service school. She indulges in painting and artwork on the weekend. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

 

Tips for Effective Vocabulary Study





A better vocabulary is an asset that everyone can benefit from, and learning new vocabulary words and how to use them with confidence is a life-long process. You’ll learn new words every day, almost unconsciously, as you read books and magazines, or listen to the radio, or talk with other experts in your field. However, there are some times when you’re required to quickly gain mastery over a number of words, and that might put some pressure on you. If you’re studying for an exam like the GRE or SAT, or if you’re working towards a promotion or a new job, you probably have a limited time to devote to your study. Here are some tips for using that time as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Get Comfortable

It’s important first identify the environment that’s most conducive to your studying (conducive: favorable, helping to bring about, encouraging). Some people need to have absolute quiet in order to concentrate; others work better if music is playing in the background. If you find your home environment to be too distracting, find a spot to study at your local library or university. You might find that being in a room where there are many other people studying will inspire you and help you focus.

Get Creative

While most people have a primary learning style – that is, they learn best by seeing and reading information (visual learning), or by hearing it (auditory learning), or by performing some task or action (kinesthetic learning) – the most effective way to learn and retain information is by using more than one learning method. The Vocab1 program provides many different ways of looking at the vocabulary words and studying them: there are exercises in using the words, examples of antonyms and synonyms, audio files to give examples of the pronunciation, and word-mapping that allows you to relate one word to several others, creating stronger ties in your memory and understanding of how that word is used. If you’re studying on your own, practice saying the word out loud, write it down as well as reading it on the page, and make opportunities to use it in conversation. The more ways you approach learning a word, more likely it is that you’ll remember it.

Get Cracking!

Even if you only have a few minutes a day to study, it’s important to keep moving forward in your study program. Try scheduling a specific time each day to sit down and practice, whether you’re using the Vocab1 system or using paper and pencil to test yourself on your words and definitions. Do you have a friend who’s also interested in improving their vocabulary? You might find it useful to work with someone else – you’ll motivate each other, and give each other the chance to practice using your words in conversation.

Do you have any study tips to share? Leave a comment on this post!

Preparing to Take the GRE: Vocabulary Study





Applying to graduate school is a big step for many people. It’s a commitment of time, money, and dedication for several years. The requirement to make such a commitment might prevent someone who is more timorous from even beginning the application process. Timorous means timid, afraid, or fearful. The Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote a poem titled “To A Mouse” in which he calls the mouse a “wee, sleekit, cowrin’, tim’rous beastie” – that is, a small, quick, trembling, fearful animal.

Example: Some of the contestants in the spelling bee are so nervous that the judges can hardly hear their timorous voices, even with the microphone.

Aesop wrote a fable titled “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse” about a timorous mouse living in the quiet countryside who receives a visit from her city cousin and, impressed by his urbane manner and descriptions of easy living and fancy food in town, follows him home for a visit. The word urbane comes from the Latin root urbs, meaning “city.” You can also see this root in the words suburb (“part of the city”) and urban (“of the city”). Urbane means polished, gentrified, polite, courteous – in other words, the sixteenth-century idealized version of a “civilized” city dweller, as opposed to the rough, crude peasants living on the farms. These days, the word is generally used to describe someone who is courteous, self-confident and worldly.

Example: Felicia spent her childhood traveling the world with her father, the diplomat, and although she is only sixteen years old, her urbane manner leads people to believe her to be much older.

Oh, did you want to hear the rest of the story of the country mouse and the city mouse? Although there was indeed a lot of delicious food – cheese left on the table, and crumbs of bread and cake on the floor – the cats and dogs in the house chase the mice away, scaring the country mouse back home to her simple, quiet life. “Better a crust in peace than a loaf in fear,” she says.

We know that after you’ve been studying these powerful vocabulary words you won’t be timorous about using them, and your urbane conversational style will impress even the most sophisticated city mouse!


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10 Unusual Ways to Make Writing Fun




Julie Petersen


Writing is a very challenging task most of us face on a regular basis. It all starts at school when we practice in writing essays, then we start working and write reports and business letters to our partners. One of the main keys to success in writing is practice. The more you write the more proficiency you’ll have. Successful writers have gone through a lot of challenges and setbacks before obtaining the “successful” social status. They practiced, failed many times, learned from mistakes, and kept trying until they made it.

When we don’t enjoy a specific activity, we feel bored, frustrated, and uninspired. Our productivity levels are also low, and everything concerning that activity is considered to be “painful”. Also starting a non-enjoyable activity is often challenging; the procrastination kicks in and that’s it, you’re no longer in control.

Many students hate writing and can’t enjoy doing it. Unfortunately, most of the college’s assignments are based on essays, research papers, and projects that also require writing. That also means that if your writing is efficient your grades will be higher. If you are a student struggling with writing you have two options to choose from. First, you need to find an interesting way to practice writing, the one you would enjoy. Second, if you already decided that you don’t want to connect your life with writing you can always find services that will do all the work for you. But choosing a good writing company is a very hard task as well, so check the writing services reviews. You may check them on the best custom writing services reviews  or any other reliable website.

During today’s article, we’ll talk about ten unusual ways to make the writing process easier. If you can manage to add some fun and enjoyment, you’ll improve your writing and your mood when doing it. Keep in mind that reading our tips won’t do any good if you don’t take serious action.

Create Goals and Compete with Yourself

Writing is a lonely activity. You don’t have colleagues or clients to talk to, and you only have to focus on putting those words down on that paper. Ever thought of competing with yourself? Well, every writer should do this. It’s a productive habit and activity that can only improve your writing performance.

Start making some yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals. See where you’re at now, and establish where you want to be in the next few months. Keep up with your goals and see how empowered you’ll feel.

Don’t Be So Serious

Writing is supposed to be fun. Of course, it depends on the genre, purpose, and person, but overall, it definitely shouldn’t be a painful activity. Some writers make art; some prefer to transmit their knowledge and skills to the masses, while some professionals just write for the money.

Either way, you shouldn’t take writing too seriously, even if it’s your main preoccupation. Include a joke or two into your content, write in your unique style, and add new elements as the time passes.

Reward Yourself Properly

Did you know that we can trick our brains to do more of what we want even if that usually requires a lot of effort? You see, if you treat yourself with respect and care, you should be able to motivate yourself every day. Start rewarding your every day’s efforts, or maybe only do it whenever you reach a big goal.

If you can associate pleasure to the results you want, you’ll be able to see great improvements in your mindset and work productivity.

Set a Big Goal Once in a While

We need something exciting, something big! Everyone wants to be something, have something, or do something! In our case, we can set big goals concerning the number of words we write, the number of blog posts maybe, or the number of essay assignments. Either way, don’t forget to set a big plan once in a while.

When you accomplish what you’ve planned, you’ll gain a huge confidence boost, and therefore writing won’t be such a boring and painful activity.

Take Breaks & Meditate

Short and relaxing breaks are essential in order to stay focused while writing. Involve something fun or productive while you’re taking these breaks. If you have enough space and conditions, you can start meditating and relaxing for a few minutes.

If you have space to run, maybe a nice walk will refresh you. Either way, don’t stay too much in front of that PC or paper, take a few breaks and make them worth it.

Tell Interesting Stories

When you’re writing something boring, your activity is also boring. In order to spice things up, start telling some interesting or funny stories throughout your text. Don’t add them if they can’t send a purposeful message.

You’ll usually find enough interesting stories to tell and also associate them with something that you’ve been meaning to say.

Listen to Music

Classical music is an awesome writer’s choice. If you’re planning to stay sharp and focused, you’d better try some Mozart. Another choice would be to select a genre of music and start listening while you write.

Whenever you want to get back to writing, you’ll listen to that type of music and you’ll feel more motivated.

Write About or with Your Passion

If your time or activity allows it, always focus on your passions and interests. For example, if you’re a student, you should focus on writing about subjects that really interest you. If you’re a freelance writer, maybe find a client who can provide tasks related to your interests; it could be business, pets, adult, fiction, and so on.

Make Changes

Whenever you get bored, switch the font with another one; Start using different colors, formats, and tools. If you’re handwriting, you can maybe get an awesome pen and an awesome paper. Perhaps you can even change the environment in which you’re working.

Making changes is great because you’re improving your perception of the world, gaining experiences, and analyzing what’s working best for you.

Keep a Writer’s Notebook

Always keep a notebook with you. You will never know when an interesting thought or idea will come to your mind. As writers, we have a lot of ideas and probably even funny stories and jokes held in our thoughts. We can always use those brilliant or funny ideas while we write.

There’s nothing great than exposing your unique angles to a bigger number of individuals. Keeping a small writer’s notebook is a great writing performance optimization strategy for any type of writer!

Writing is not so painful if you know how to perceive it. There are many ways in which you can make your writing process more enjoyable and bearable. It’s up to you; you can keep on hating it, or you can start working to establish a “balanced” state and mood whenever you perform it.

Either way, remember that your writing skills are going to influence your professional life big time. Some job opportunities will come, and if you’re prepared for them, you can totally reach massive amounts of success in your field.

Improve Your Writing Skill: 10 Tips What Should You Do To Be A Perfect Writer?




Mary Kleim


Getting proficient at writing can really become one of the most important skills to have in today’s day and age. There is no industry that doesn’t require a writer of fierce writing skills that can take content and transform it into a work of art, that’s not only pleasant to read, but can attract visitors, followers and clients.

You might be a good writer at the moment, but so many people out there. What distinguishes a good writer from an outstanding wordsmith is his constant efforts to improve. So how do you go about becoming the perfect writer? Here are our ten tips on how to make it happen.

Master the Basics with Grammar Girl

The essence of a good piece of writing is knowing your grammar to the T. If you master the basics you’ll have the confidence to play around with words and style, without fear, which will give your writing a certain advantage. You can turn to Grammar Girl, which is the ultimate grammar guru online.

Keep on Reading with Kindle

Most writers make the beginner mistake of focusing on writing solely, when in fact there are other activities that can influence your writing, even if you’re not specifically focused on it. Reading is one of them. Read as often as you can. Read as if it was your obligation every day. Not only is it a great stress-reliever, you get to learn from writers and see how they do it. You can read online by finding books you love on Kindle.

AssignmentMasters.co.uk

This is one of the websites that you can visit to see how the professionals really do it. You can take a look at samples and learn from well-crafted writing pieces. Not only get you get an expert to write something for you if you’re in a hurry and can’t meet a deadline, but you get to learn from the work you get and actually improve yourself.

Workshop or Twords

If you have some spare time on your hands, and you really want to improve your skills, but don’t know where to start from, don’t worry. There are workshops and people who are going to enable you to start right now. Or you can even use tools like Twords which actually encourages you to write consistently in order to sharpen your skills by constantly perfecting your art.

Swipe File

If you have a blog or a newspaper that you read religiously, and you admire a writer’s specific style, then take the writing and dissect it. Literally, take a pen and underline everything that you like, and try to incorporate it into your next writing task. You can use Swipe File to store all your favorites in one spot for inspiration and future analysis.

Keep on Drafting with Draftin.com

Never write something without making a draft first. Unless you’re epically inspired, which happens sometimes. Otherwise, creating outlines and drafts will help you properly structure your writing, thus clearing your mind of unnecessary clutter, enabling you to focus on the most important information and focus all of your energy, skills and knowledge on the points in your draft. If you’re more of a high-tech writer you can utilize Draftin.com to create drafts online.

Edit with Grammarly

After you’ve finished writing, you want to rest for a while. Unless you’re on a tight deadline, of course. Once you distance yourself from your writing, you’ll be able to look at your own work, edit and proofread it like it’s someone else’s. This is important as you’ll get to spot your own errors, and learn from them so you don’t repeat it in your future pieces. You can use tools such as Grammarly to swiftly detect your errors.

Avoid Fluff

Have you ever thought about the words you used, and deeply thought about whether they have a purpose in the sentence? The next time you start writing, think about the words you are using. If you don’t need a word and it doesn’t add to your content, remove it. Adding fluff is just going to make your writing look worse. By subtracting words you’re actually adding to you the quality.

Find Your Style

Nobody finds bland articles fun. If you read something that is completely devoid of opinions or personal style, you probably won’t ask for more. If you actually take the time and add your opinion and personal style into the writing, you’ll get more creative and over time more inspired to create engaging content. Visit Quora.com to see and read other people’s opinion if you have help with expressing yours.

Research with BuzzSumo

Or so we think. Some might say research doesn’t lead to improving your writing skills but it actually does. The more thorough research you do, every time you are writing, the more information you will soak in, and the more you will read. By using BuzzSumo you will detect what influencers are writing about and read the best and most popular articles online.

The reality is, you can’t develop your writing in a couple of days or weeks. It’s a process that takes time, because it isn’t sometime you can cram. It takes persistence, passion and devotion, and if you rely on our tips, results won’t miss out.


Author’s Bio

Mary Kleim  is a creative writer and a blogger. Also, she is a writing coach. She is working for assignment help service https://www.assignmentmasters.co.uk/assignment/. Also, she is working on promotion online ptaform dedicated to development of writing abilities.

The Words We Want To Know




Want to know the meaning of a word? Your first impulse is probably to reach for a dictionary. Or, if you’re like many people today, to type the word into the search window of an online reference using your computer or your smartphone. We’re lucky to have so many good online resources for word information these days, and one of the most popular is the Merriam-Webster site.

Back at the beginning of the 19th century, Noah Webster decided to put together a dictionary that would compile all of the words in English, with a focus on American English (for example, changing from the British spelling colour to color). By 1830 the dictionary was being widely used, and the publishing company owned by brothers George and Charles Merriam took over the project and broadened its scope, creating an “international” dictionary with even more words. Today, the Merriam-Webster company provides a variety of language resources, including an online dictionary.

If you want to know what other people want to know, the website provides lists of top search terms. They’ve also got a “word of the day” feature, interesting Top 10 lists on a range of topics, and of course complete information for thousands of words, including pronunciation guides, synonyms, and examples. Here are some of the words that people have been searching for this past week:

furlough (FUR-low) noun
A leave of absence (generally unpaid).

onomatopoeia (ah-nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-ah) noun
A use of a word whose pronunciation sounds like what the word means.

hegemony (heh-JEH-muh-nee) noun
Power, control, and/or authority over a group of people.

What words were you curious about this week?

6 Most Common Writing Errors and How to Fix Them




Brenda Savoie


You might not give it much importance, but communicating through writing is still an essential skill in today’s fast-paced world. Even with large technological advances, people still need to be mindful of how they communicate with others through their writing.

In fact, it’s because of our very interconnected lives through the Internet that we’re writing to each other more than ever. Despite fast ways of messaging our friends and work colleagues, taking the time to meticulously proofread every sentence is an important task.

And don’t leave it up to autocorrect to do the job. More often than not, even smart tech can lead to disastrous mistakes. If you want something done, you have to do it yourself.

Here are 6 common writing mistakes that are easiest to spot – and how you can fix them:

Spelling Errors

Some spelling errors can easily go by unnoticed. Just because you feel like a word you’ve written looks right, doesn’t mean it’s actually right.

There are a number of ways to go about and find and correct these errors. Some people employ the use of autocorrect – but as we’ve already established, even that can result in unwanted and awkward mistakes. Other grammar-checking apps like Grammarly might be more accurate.

But in terms of manually spotting and correcting awkward mistakes, there’s no other way but to train your brain. Check out common English spelling mistakes and see if you find any familiar errors you’ve made in the past.

You can even make it fun and make use of memory tricks to help it stick to you. Otherwise, here’s a quick list of often misspelled words, and their correct counterparts:

1) Tomorrow – often misspelled as tommorrow, tomorow, or tommorrow

2) Receive – often misspelled as recieve

3) Commission – often misspelled as comision, comission, or commision

Commas vs. Periods

Punctuation plays a vital role in how our sentences are read. Imagine reading a sentence with no stops! That’s why proper punctuation is important in sentence construction.

Unfortunately, the most common punctuations are also those most often misused. For this example, we identify the comma as too often used as a replacement for the period.

Note the difference – a comma is for a short breath, while a period is for a longer pause to separate two independent clauses. Still not sure how to go about it?

Consider these samples to see the difference between comma and period use:

Comma: The nineteenth century, which has seen quite a handful of geniuses in its time, was a colorful era.

Period: The nineteenth century was a colorful era. It has seen quite a handful of geniuses in its time.

In the comma’s example, the clause following the subject (“which has seen quite a handful of geniuses in its time”) is a dependent clause. If you wrote it as a separate sentence, it would not make sense.

However, re-written as an independent clause, it can be separated from the rest of the sentence, as we see in the example for the period use.

Misplaced Apostrophes

Another commonly misused punctuation mark is the apostrophe. An apostrophe has one main function: to contract words. Oftentimes, this function of the apostrophe is mixed up with the possessive pronoun.

For instance, it’s is written instead of its. In this example, the former is actually a contraction of two words – it and is. On the other hand, the latter is a possessive pronoun meaning the thing belonging to it.

The best way to correct this mistake is to catch yourself whenever you are about to type this tricky word. Consider what your intention is – is it to contract two separate words? If so, go on. Or is it to indicate a possessive pronoun? Then don’t do it.

Sometimes apostrophes are also used as possessives, but often for proper and common nouns, rather than pronouns. As an example, “Hannah’s” uses an apostrophe, but is not a contraction of “Hannah” and another word. Instead, it is also a possessive. But in this case, “Hannah” is a proper noun, and not a pronoun like “it” in the previous example.

Unclear Comparisons

This next point is actually a usually overlooked writing mistake that it’s become common to the point of normality. Unclear comparisons end in hanging sentences. They introduce a thought but leave it hanging mid-sentence.

For example: “I like tea better.”

It sounds like a complete thought, but the statement above is actually uncertain. The author clearly intended to compare tea to something, but did not specify what that something was.

When faced with this dilemma, always ask yourself: what am I comparing my subject to? This could give you a better perspective on what you’re trying to say.

As an improvement on our example, a better sentence would be: “I like tea better than coffee.”

Now we know what the writer is comparing the subject “tea” to.

Passive Voice

Passive voice is rarely used in sentences outside formal composition. If you want to give your reader a sense of action and movement, don’t use this at all costs.

But what’s the difference between a passive and active voice, and what effect will it really have on people?

Consider the following sentences and see for yourself:

Passive voice: “A pen was placed on the table.”

Active voice: “Denver placed a pen on the table.”

A clear sense of action by an actor is made in a sentence with an active voice. This is often preferable over a bland and overly formal tone of a passive voice.

Awkward Word Choice

Awkward word choices can be difficult to detect as well simply because we have varying definitions of awkwardness for different people across different cultures. But if you already know who you’re writing for, refining your choice of words can greatly help in delivering the point home and clarifying your intentions.

Note the difference in the two sentences:

1) Kill the water to save energy.

2) Turn off the water to save energy.

In hindsight it seems that both sentences have the same meaning, but we know that the second sentence is the more widely accepted term.

It may be difficult to get past this at first, since it will require a lot of feeling around context on your part, but with plenty of practice and time, you’ll be able to master the art of elegant composition as well!


Author’s Bio

Brenda Savoie is a grammar tutor at Essayontime which provides online assistance to students and supports them. A private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

How To Help Your Child Enjoy Reading





What do you do when you have children who can read, but just won’t? Is a love for reading something parents and teachers can inspire in children, or is reading something we’re born to like or dislike?

To encourage your child to love and enjoy reading you first need to understand the factors that may be preventing them from enjoying reading.

More appealing pastimes

It’s no wonder that children prefer to play video games, chat with friends or just watch TV – these are more enjoyable activities because they don’t require much effort.

To make reading a more appealing alternative to video games why not introduce them to foolproof, age-appropriate, best-sellers? You can even start out with book that inspired a child’s favorite movie or television program. Before you know it, your child will be writing fan-fiction on their favorite books.

Boring, uninspiring books

Children don’t like wasting their time on things that are irrelevant or just plain boring, and who can blame them? Adults don’t either. Rev up the interest factor by trying out different genres and media for reading until you find what works for each child. For example, getting them an e-reader, so similar to the tablets they use for playing games, might motivate a child to read more.

Difficult and frustrating

If your child is having reading difficulties this will naturally draw them away from reading. Talk with the child’s teacher and focus on identifying and/or ruling out any learning difficulties. Ask the teacher if they have suggestions for a course of action that would help the child get interested in reading.

Often something as simple as assigning a purpose to reading (e.g. learning about how planets form) will make the activity seem more meaningful and appealing.

Cultivate a love for reading

It’s actually easy to get your child to enjoy reading. Here are the five first basic steps to achieve this:

1) Recommend reading material based on things you know they already like. If that’s Batman, give them lots of comic books to start reading.

2) Be a role model. Don’t sit with a tablet in one hand and your smartphone in the other. Read books, magazines, and newspapers. Put new books and journals in places your child usually hangs out. Even if it’s just out of curiosity, they will at least skim through an article or chapter!

3) Organize activities around reading, like frequent library visits. Join a parent-child book club, play reading-related games like spelling games, and make family evenings together the time to bring out word board games like Scrabble.

4) If your child is young enough for bedtime stories, make a habit out of it. Reading out loud will get your child to grow fond of reading and ask for more material to read on their own.

5) Start building a home library with books you read together. This will be soon considered an ongoing, open-ended project where newly read books will be added to an ever-growing library.

 

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