Writing Online and Blog Post Content

When writing website content and blogs, these easy-to-implement writing tips will perk up your online writing to deliver an effective, well-received message. Usually, confident writers write more, and increasing your online content will ensure your website is active, fresh, and relevant. It will maximize your search engine optimization (SEO), lead searchers to your site, educate…

The Common Application: Part 2, General Application Information

(This is the second of two articles about The Common Application for college admissions. Part one, “Essay Prompts,” was featured in our October blog.) In our October blog, “The Common Application, Part One: The Essay Prompts,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the application. Although our expertise lies in assisting students with…

Punctuating Titles Made Simple

Put simply, italicize (or underline) titles of larger works, such as books, magazines, newspapers, plays, movies, tv shows, works of art, music albums, and long musical works. Put quotation marks around titles of smaller works that appear inside the larger works, such as articles, stories, poems, essays, chapters, songs, and short musical works. Helpful hint:…

Compliment vs. Complement

Most people don’t realize that complement is a word and mistakenly use compliment in its place. Here’s the difference: Compliment is an expression of praise (noun) or to offer an expression of praise (verb). For example, “Thank you for the compliment on my promotion.”/ “He complimented me on my promotion.” Complement is something that completes…

The Common Application: Part 1, Essay Prompts

(This is the first of two articles about The Common Application for college admissions. Part two, “Application Information,” will follow, so be sure to check back.) The college admissions process can prove to be one of the most stressful times in life, especially when students are applying to multiple schools that each has its own…

Farther vs. Further

Although the two can just about be used interchangeably, farther should only be used for physical distances (think of its root word “far”): “My house is farther from school than yours.” Further refers to additional and also non-physical distance: “Further studies show the importance of studying grammar.”/ “Do you wish to further our conversation tomorrow?”…

Lie vs. Lay

Confused about when to use lie or lay? Here’s the solution! To lie means to rest or recline, like “I lie down when I am sick.” The verb tenses of lie are lying, lay, and lain (notice that the past tense of lie is lay). To lay means to set down a thing or person…

Affect vs. Effect

Affect and effect are often confused.  Affect is mostly used as a verb and means to cause change, like “The virus affected my stomach.” Effect is mostly used as a noun and means a result, like “One effect of the virus was an upset stomach.”

Effective Vision and Mission Statements: The Why and How

Creating effective vision and mission statements should be at the top of every business’s to-do list; however, many business leaders become overwhelmed by even the mere thought of sitting down to compose them. If you have persevered to compose vision and mission statements, congratulations, but there is still something to consider: Are they concise, direct,…

Top Five Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Here is a list of the top five resume mistakes to avoid. Eliminating these commonly-made pitfalls from your resume will showcase your strengths, align your abilities with the position at hand, and offer prospective employers a polished, professional presentation that stands out from the vast sea of competition. Give this list a read, then print…

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