Are You a Good Speller?

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Find out if you’re really as good as you think you are with this quiz I created about the 50 most commonly misspelled English words of all time.  

How to Avoid Group Project Disasters Using Google

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Have you ever looked like the woman in this photo? I know I have. Some of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life were group projects. 

That isn’t to say that I always had terrible team mates. There are just so many things that can go wrong. And everyone’s little mistakes can snowball into a giant rolling ball of doom that wipes out everything in its path.  

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Group projects don’t have to be so stressful. Over the years I learned ways to avoid the most common problems that people encounter while working as a team. And yes, Google is the answer.

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Learn a New Language for Free

better and faster learningI’ve already blogged about some easy ways to improve your English on your own, but those tips were only the tip (pardon the pun) of the iceberg. 

In this post, I’ll show you how you how you can improve  your language skills (not just English) even more, without spending a cent.

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How to Beef Up Your Vocabulary

dumbellDon’t you wish you could think of something better to say than “nice,” “interesting,” or “cool” when describing something?  

Don’t you wish you could be wittier and more memorable in a conversation?

Don’t you wish you knew an easy way to make your writing less boring?

It’s easier than you think. Continue reading ‘How to Beef Up Your Vocabulary’

How to Stop Wasting Time Online

I  love the Internet. I really, really love the Internet. If you promised me lightning-fast Internet and a souped-up PC in exchange for my cellphone, TV and all my video game consoles, I’d do it.  

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Because I love the Internet so much, I know from experience what it’s like to waste entire days online–days that should have been spent working on more important projects. I’ve learned a lot since those days of blissful unproductivity. And it looks like I did it just in time. According to a recent article by Mike Elgan:

The individual, the company, the nation that is best at avoiding distractions in the future will have an enormous advantage in the competitive marketplace.

That’s because the Internet is increasingly becoming an addicting distraction instead of a useful tool for most people. So what can you do to avoid all of those online temptations?  Here are the strategies that have worked for me.

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5 Tips to Avoid Burning Out

burned-outAng batang masipag, pag laki… pagod. – Ai Ai de las Alas (Filipino comedienne)

Translation: A hardworking child grows up to be… a haggard adult.

I came across this hilarious quote a few days ago. It’s true, isn’t it? Hardworking kids do get burnt out. They lose all enthusiasm for work and sometimes even for life. But no matter what your age, too much stress will take all the fun out of the things you once loved to do. It’ll make you look older than you actually are, and it can eventually kill you. You may still be on holiday right now, but you know all that unfinished work’s going to catch up with you by next week. These 5 easy tips can help you avoid burning out.

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The Art of Exaggeration

the art of exaggerationDon’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.  C. S. Lewis

I’ve already written about the dangers of using big words when small ones will do, but in the context of academic writing. I like this quote from C.S. Lewis because it shows how your creative writing also suffers when you exaggerate too much and too often. Exaggeration can kill a reader’s interest in a work you’ve put your heart into. Continue reading ‘The Art of Exaggeration’