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Stages in the Writing Process

Break the writing process up into manageable chunks; this helps you to excel at each stage and plan your time so that you hit your deadline. Follow these 7 stages to achieve optimal results from your writing [more…]

Tackling Your Essay-Writing Demons

Turn those little negative thoughts about essays around. You may feel self-conscious about your writing style or apprehensive about those large word counts, but rethinking those depressing thoughts can [more…]

Key Websites for Essay Writers

Here’s a list of some key websites that can help you research just about any topic – for your writing projects or for discovering new areas of interest. Remember to reference any material you use, where [more…]

Writing Essays For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don’t let essays daunt you. As long as you have the right working frame and mindset you can boost your writing and results. Here are some useful hints and tips that can help you plan and progress when [more…]

Skimming as a Speed Reading Technique

Speed reading is a good way to absorb a lot of printed information quickly, but sometimes you just need to get the gist of what is being written about, without all the details. That's when knowing how [more…]

How to Skim Text

Skimming — getting the essence from reading material without reading all the words — boils down to knowing what parts to read and what parts to pass by. Following are some tips and techniques for recognizing [more…]

Scanning Text for the Information You Need

Think of scanning as a hyperactive form of skimming, which is in a turn a quicker form of speed reading. You speed through the text in search of information without any regard for the overall gist of the [more…]

Increase Your Reading Speed by Locating Topic Sentences

Going straight to the main idea of each paragraph significantly increases your reading speed. This main idea is the paragraph's topic sentence. You don’t have to read as much to get a firmer grasp of the [more…]

Understand Prefixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

Understand Suffixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

Eye Exercises for Speed Reading

Eye movement is controlled by muscles in your eye sockets and eyeballs, and like the rest of your muscles, you can strengthen them through exercise. Eye strength comes in handy for speed reading, which [more…]

What Is Speed Reading?

Reading engages the eyes, ears, mouth, and brain. Speed reading engages these senses even more than normal reading because you use your senses and brain power even more efficiently. The following sections [more…]

Vocalization and Its Effects on Speed Reading

Reading educators use the term vocalization to describe readers who hear words when they read. Vocalizers are readers who read with their mouths — they say and hear the words as they read. Vocalizing slows [more…]

A Speed Reading Pre-Test: How Much Do You Vocalize?

To become a fluent speed reader, you must break the habit of vocalizing, or hearing individual words in your head as you read. How you break the vocalization habit depends on how much you vocalize when [more…]

Speed Reading Fundamental: Eye Fixations

For your eyes to see anything, they have to be still. You can’t swing your eyes wildly around the room and expect to see anything but a blur. The same is true of reading words on a page. To see words, [more…]

The Importance of Eye Fixations to Speed Reading

A major component of speed reading is eye fixation, a point where your eyes come to rest as you read. Readers who make fewer eye fixations read faster because they take in more words with each fixation [more…]

Speed Reading Pre-Test: Establishing Your Effective Reading Rate

The following speed reading test establishes your starting rate so you can see how fast a reader you are and how much you improve in the course of your speed-reading studies. For this test, read without [more…]

Speed Reading in Clumps by Using Your Peripheral Vision

Reading in clumps means taking in more than one word at a time while you read, and it's essential for speed reading. A clump is a collection of 4 to 16 adjacent words that you read in a single glance. [more…]

How Recognizing the Shapes of Words Aids Speed Reading

Speed reading up to 16 words at a glance is possible because when you read most words, you don’t see the letters in the words or the words per se. What you see on the page are shapes or images that you [more…]

Must-Have References for Copyediting and Proofreading

If you’re a copyeditor or proofreader, you know the importance of good reference sources. Much of the information in desk references can be found on the Internet, but a good copyeditor or proofreader should [more…]

The Proofreading Symbols

As copyeditor or proofreader, you need to become familiar with the proofreading symbols so that you can make your edits understood. The following tables list proofreading symbols every proofreader and [more…]

When to Cite Sources on Research Papers

A huge faux-pas in the world of research papers is stealing someone else’s ideas. You need to give credit for your sources of information when you’re writing your research paper. Use these rules for citing [more…]

Essentials for Research Paper Introductions

The introduction of your research paper should establish your topic and entice your readers. Include all of the following components in the introduction of your research paper: [more…]

Note Taking Tips for Research Papers

While you’re working on your research paper, develop some savvy note-taking habits that will save you loads of time later. Use these tricks for taking notes and organizing your research: [more…]

Useful Structures for Organizing Research Information

Selecting the structure for organizing all the information you’ve gathered is part of writing your research paper. Try one of these basic structures for your paper: [more…]

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