FreeRice.com!

It’s Tuesday, everyone! Usually, that means I’d have some kind of tech tip for all of you, but today I’m going to tell you all about one of my favorite websites. It’s too easy to get distracted when you’re online, so if you must get distracted go to freerice.com. Put your vocabulary to the test while simultaneously helping to end world hunger! Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme for every question that you answer correctly. The more answers you get right in a row, the more rice they donate! If you’re not a fan of vocabulary, no problem! You can change the subject to mathematics, chemistry, geography, art and foreign languages and the difficulty levels vary. Take a break from that essay you’re writing and earn some rice for hungry people everywhere!

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Self-Editing

Adult online learners don’t always have the luxury of in-person peer reviews (though they pop up online a lot!). What do you do when you’ve finished your paper, you need it edited to make sure it’s perfect to submit, but no one’s around to do it? Below are a few tips on how to self-edit your own work.

  1. Make Time! – This is the most important tip on this list. Write well in advance of your assignment deadline in order to give yourself the time to self-edit. You’ll have less stress when it comes time to review your work and turn it in.
  2. Personalize an editing checklist – What bad-writing traps do you fall into? Comma splices? Run-on sentences? Make a list of those and be aware of them when you write.
  3. Read back to front – Focus on the language instead of the content.
  4. Edit in a different spot from where you write – Give yourself a different point of view.
  5. Use a hard copy to edit – Print out your paper and use a pen or pencil to do your editing.
  6. Remove favorite words – Do you find that you use one word an awful lot? Or multiple words? While you’re reading through your work (if you’re reading on a computer), hit CTRL+f on your keyboard and type in a word that you think you might have used a lot. Click “Highlight all” and you’ll be given the number of times you used that word. You might be surprised how often you find one particular noun, verb, or article pop up. Try and weed those out for a better flow.
  7. Set your paper aside for a while and come back to it. This relates back to #1, make time for editing.

Good luck writing those BPS papers!


Sources:http://www.law.cuny.edu/academics/WritingCenter/students/strategies-techniques/editing/self.html; http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/07/18/self-editing-tips/