Resources

We regularly post free resources to help you write.

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Spelling

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.

Tips for PhD students with dyslexia

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 wit

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10 free spelling and writing tools

There are a staggering number of free software tools out there. Here are my favourites which I recommend to my clients.

1. Ghotit (Windows, free online service)

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.

http://www.ghotit.com/

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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!

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