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.

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Overused words

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:

  • important: significant, substantial, meaningful, critical, vital, notable

With this cheat sheet your work will become an absorbing read!

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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This service has helped me now throughout my degree for 4 years  now and Ive just graduated with 1st

Thank you so much, I will tell all my friends about your service.

Aggatha_21, Edinburgh (Qype)

Samantha能夠精準的指出我在寫作上的問題。 有了她的幫助,不僅能增進文章的品質, 也更讓我更加認識自己在學術寫作上的盲點。
サマンザさんは 私の創作上の問題に正確な指摘ができます。 彼女の助けがあって、文章の品質向上だけではなく、 自分の学術的な著作にの盲点ももっと認識できました。
Samantha points out the problems with my writing precisely. With her help, not only can I improve the quality of my essays, but she also shows me the weaknesses in my academic writing.


Ivy Hsieh, University of Taiwan

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