This is a cheat sheet for the differences between American and British English.
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Here is a cheat sheet to provide you with a convenient list of the most commonly misspelt words in English. Print out the attached pdf and stick it on your wall for quick reference.
If you find yourself repeating the same words continually you will find this cheat sheet invaluable. Download the free PDF to find out which words are the most overused and suggestions for synonyms to replace them with. For example:
With this cheat sheet your work will become an absorbing read!
Here are 10 easy ways to proofread your own work.
There are many sources of advice out there for PhD students, the best one however is a comic strip called PhD: Piled higher and Deeper. The comics are amusing, accurate and there is a lot of wisdom in them. Here are the top 10 tips:
Writing a thesis can be a daunting prospect. 'Divide and conquer' is a great technique to make tasks more manageable. Once you have written your literature review, it's done. It's best to do this early on whenRead on
Dyslexia is considered to be an invisible learning disability which is estimated to affect one in six people in the UK. Traditionally associated with bad spelling, dyslexia can also affect areas such as time management and transferring complex ideas to paper. Even mild dyslexia can be a big obstacle for PhD students, since they need to process a large number of research papers and produce a lot of written work.
I have compiled a list of pointers which I hope will be useful for PhD students witRead on
There are a staggering number of free software tools out there. Here are my favourites which I recommend to my clients.
This is a very helpful plugin for Microsoft Word which is written for people with dyslexia. It uses a contextual spell checker, which means that it will catch more mistakes than traditional spell checkers. Even if you don't use Microsoft Word you might also find this free online service of value.Read on
I used English Proofreading recently for the checking of my Ph.D. thesis. I found the service very thorough and Samantha has an excellent eye for detail in particular. On the basis of my experience with my Doctorate I have sent book chapters and articles to Samantha to be proofread and intend on using her in the future as well. I would most definitely recommend her to anyone!
I would definitely recommend Samantha as a proofreader. As a dyslexic student, I have found her most invaluable. It's great not to have to ask my friends to check my spelling, particularly when I am a bit sensitive about it. Samantha even proofreads the smallest of things I write, and treats my dyslexia with respect, which is really nice.
Anonymous, Edinburgh University