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Research Papers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before starting a research paper, arrange the information and notes you’ve gathered. Pick one of the basic structures for organizing your research paper and start writing with a strong introduction. Before [more…]

Punctuating Sentences Correctly

Here are some quick tips and handy hints for when and how to use the grammatical marks that most often trip people up when they’re writing, plus some guidance on improving your writing. [more…]

Commonly Confused Words and Descriptions

It’s easy to mix up similar sounding words. Refer to this handy list to help you out if you need a helpful reminder of the most commonly confused words: [more…]

Sorting Out the Finer Points of English Grammar

The finer points of English grammar can be tricky to get your head around but use the following reminders to brush up your writing skills.

Tricky singular/plural situations: [more…]

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Grappling with English grammar problems, clearing up confusion caused by similar-sounding words, and improving your writing skills in general is made easier with this handy Cheat Sheet. [more…]

How to Create Compelling Characters in Fictional Writing

Believable, authentic characters are crucial to great stories and novels. Fictional characters should have the depth and power to inspire varied emotions such as love, hate and fear in a reader. [more…]

How to Develop an Academic Writing Style

To gain the best marks possible, it’s crucial that you target your writing towards an academic readership when writing essays and dissertations. The key elements of a good academic writing style are precise [more…]

How to Get Your Book Published

You might think that the hardest part of being a writer is finishing a book. But it can be very difficult to get your work noticed and out onto the bookshelves. You can approach literary agents, publishers [more…]

Screenwriting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Screenwriting requires that you adhere to specific script formatting standards. As a screenwriter, you also need to know basic camera directions so that you can included them in your scripts, and you need [more…]

Feedback Form for Your Coursework Assignments

Having a record of the feedback from your work assignments is extremely useful. Feedback enables you to see how your study skills are progressing, and what areas you need to build on. If your subject area [more…]

Key Critical Thinking Skills for Great Essay-Writing

Changing the way you consider and process information can help you to improve the structure and clarity of your arguments and conclusions. This list gives a few tips you can use to boost your critical [more…]

Learning from Your Experiences While Studying

In the academic system, it’s very important to be aware of what you’ve learned from an experience. If you’ve attempted to do something and it hasn’t quite worked, make sure you honestly evaluate the following [more…]

Study Skills For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Studying needn’t be stressful. With the right approach, you’ll find that you can handle research, essay writing and exam preparation with ease. Use this Cheat Sheet to find out how to make the most of [more…]

How to Form Present and Past Participles of Regular English Verbs

When you are doing your English grammar homework, your struggles with participles may give you grey hairs. But feat not! Although the word sounds ominous, participles [more…]

Past and Past Participles of Common Irregular English Verbs

Dozens and dozens of English verbs have irregular past tense forms, as well as irregular past participles. If you are studying English grammar you may want to memorize the common irregular past and past [more…]

How to Conjugate the Verb To Be

The verb to be is possibly the weirdest verb in the English language, but you have to know it because you will use it all the time. Not only do you want to tell other people all about you, you need to [more…]

How to Find the Subject of a Sentence

English grammar teachers like to torture students by asking them to find the subjects of sentences. But why does it matter whether you can find the subject of a sentence? [more…]

How to Form Plural Nouns

If you are a native English speaker, you probably already know how to form plural nouns in English. But just because you know how to form plurals doesn’t mean you can articulate the rules. You can wow [more…]

How to Form Complete Sentences

As any English grammar teacher will tell you, a complete sentence has at least one subject-verb pair. They’re a pair because they match. They match because, well, they work smoothly as a team. One half [more…]

How to Connect Sentences with Coordinate Conjunctions

Say you are studying for your English grammar final and you have to join two related sentences together. One way to do that is by using coordinating conjunctions. You’re familiar with these common words [more…]

How to Choose Subordinate Conjunctions

Some clauses in a sentence are more important than others. In English to join two thoughts that aren’t equal in importance you need to use a subordinate conjunction, but you must be careful. Subordinate [more…]

How to Attach Sentences with a Semicolon

If you really want to impress your English teacher, try using semicolons to attach sentences with connected thoughts. The semicolon is a funny little punctuation mark; it functions as a pit stop between [more…]

How to Choose the Proper Pronoun with Linking Verbs

Choosing the correct English pronoun can give even native speakers headaches. How do you choose the correct pronoun for a sentence with a linking verb? Think of a linking-verb sentence as reversible. That [more…]

Linking Verbs versus Action Verbs

English verbs are divided by function into two basic categories: linking verbs and action verbs. Linking verbs are also called being verbs because they express states of being. Action verbs, well, they [more…]

How to Locate the Verb in a Sentence

A scientific study by a blue-ribbon panel of experts found that 90 percent of all the errors in a sentence occurred because the verb was misidentified. Okay, there was no study. But it is true that when [more…]

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