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Time Management Tools for Students

Persistence over Procrastination by Ivy Rutledge Ask around on a college campus about personal goals for the new semester, and I bet you’ll hear a chorus: “I’m going to try not to procrastinate so much.” Easier said than done, right? The key to time management is to measure your time differently. Students commonly divide their…

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10 Business Tips You Can Use in 2014

Need to refresh your strategy for 2014? Here are 10 business tips to get you started… 1. If you misstate your point, spell-check won’t correct you or suggest alternative wording. And if you’ve taken too long to get to your point, spell-check won’t suggest how to say more with fewer words. If an error damages…

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43 Hot Grammar Tips of 2013

Check out these Hot Grammar Tips 1. Awhile=adverb: She stopped there awhile. A while=noun phrase that follows for: He thought for a while before answering. 2. Nouns can sometimes function as an adjective when modifying another noun (e.g., bank receipt, bus trip, town meeting). 3.  Already vs. All ready: Already refers to time. (The play…

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10 More Commonly Confused Words

You can sound great by tackling these commonly confused word pairs   Assault/Battery Although often interchanged in common speech, these two terms have different connotations in legal context. Assault refers to a threat in which a person reasonably fears physical violence. Battery involves violent and unwanted physical contact by another person. Assault occurs without any…

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Apostrophe Usage…Apostrophailure

What’s a grammarian to do? Yet another example of department store sign apostrophailure–that is, a baffling disregard for apostrophe usage! I must say…there must be 1 lucky boy to be have his own department across from lingerie. Of course, ‘Boys’ Department’ should have an apostrophe after the ‘s’–as the department surely houses clothing for more…

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Two Colons Too Many: Super Editor, Where Are You?

Faster than a speeding em-dash! More powerful than an exclamation point! Able to leap tall buildings in a single carat! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a semicolon! It’s an ampersand! It’s SUPER EDITOR! Help! Super Editor, where are you? Signs like this always make me wonder about those who commissioned the sign, those who…

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Spelling & Grammar: Kids Still Need to Learn

Why Spelling & Grammar Will Always Be Essential Spelling and grammar are usually not hot topics. But there’s been a lot of controversy  surrounding the recent statement by Sugata Mitra, a Newcastle University (England) professor of educational technology. Mitra announced earlier this week that traditional language rules have become “unfashionable” because electronic devices are now…

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