Academic Tips and Tricks

All the help you need for good essay writing

About this Blog

I am a recently graduated student with a Masters in English Language. I now work part time as a copy editor and proofreader and have read many friends’ essays in the past. The sort of mistakes students make happen time and again and I want to help people feel more confident in their writing.

This blog is intended to help students of all ages from school to degree level (though it is mostly aimed at University students). I will provide information on essay planning, writing, referencing, formatting etc. including tips on good grammar, how to quote from other texts and common easy-to-avoid mistakes.

Please comment if there is any topic you want featured, or something which you don’t feel is expressed clearly enough – I am always happy to help.

Happy writing!

Liz

5 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Anyone can benefit from your talent for clarity of language, my advert was made immeasurably better by your small but important changes.

  2. I want to know how to write a paragarph in english…? Have u any shortcut useful tricks?…. Pls tell me…

    After that we can write any paragarph within a mins.

    • Interesting question, and a tricky one too. It really depends on the subject. For an academic essay paragraph, this blog entry is a fairly good guide: http://lizmarsden.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/tips-and-tricks-8-paragraph-structure/ but for a general paragraph there is really only two rules and those are that all sentences within the paragraph must be complete and grammatically correct, and the paragraph itself should be one complete idea – when you want to write about a different, or different but related idea, you need to start a new paragraph.

  3. Hey there,

    Do you still update the blog posts of yours?

    I found 24 spelling mistakes.

    Sincerely,
    M. Schiller

    • Hi, I do update, but you’re right, I could do with a read-through of some of the latest posts, I certainly made it clear here: http://lizmarsden.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/how-to-proofread-your-own-work/ that it’s virtually impossible to proofread your own work! I also notice that your blog is American, are you sure my errors aren’t just British spellings? Either way, if you point out where you find them I’ll certainly correct them, it’s always helpful to have someone help you proofread :)

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