Thursday, December 10, 2009

Common Academic Writing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

by: Terence Reed

You can never write a successful academic essay until and unless your revise it properly. There could be several mistakes while writing an academic paper which could be easily checked while revising. These mistakes are often spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes, typographical mistakes or semantic errors. It is important to understand that writing a language is far different than speaking it.

Let us have a look at some common mistakes in writing an academic paper:

• Spelling Mistakes:

Due to the mobile messaging culture, enormous changes in spelling of words have come in front, for example typing “U” instead of “you”. We should be careful enough to spell words accurately while writing a formal essay or all sorts of academic papers. It is better not to rely on the software’s spell check. Revision and correction of spellings is the only way-out to successful academic writing.

• Grammatical Mistakes:

We often fail to describe the main idea because of the use of wrong tense. The reason behind this mistake is a broader view of topic. While mentioning this information we make shifts in action which confuses you in selecting a particular verb tense. To avoid such grammar mistakes, always use basic verbs and keep control of the flow of your paper.

• Typographical Mistakes:

These types of mistakes are very complicated to find in the academic writing. We make such mistakes while typing for example typing “Then” instead of “Than”. Even typing software is sometimes unable to find these mistakes. Make it your habit to revise every paragraph to avoid typographical mistakes.

• Relying on Spelling Software:

An intelligent and quality academic writer will never rely on the spelling software because sometimes this software will not be able to check all sorts of mistakes properly. Only a human eye is efficient enough to check all the grammar mistakes. Always revise your paper yourself instead of relying on the spell check software.

By keeping these mistakes in mind while writing academic papers and the solutions discussed above to these problems would help you in refraining from such mistakes. In this way you can write better and quality academic papers with no errors at all.

About The Author

Terence Reed is an Academic Writing Specialist, working with a2zEssays ( serve a diverse body of students with their term papers.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Books on War

With the war in Afganistan seeing an increase of 30,000 troops, I thought it might be timely for a review of books on the subject of War.  After 8 years in Iraq and Afganistan and the possibility of Iran or Pakistan being involved in the future, knowledge is power.

Aside from books of a historical perspective, other main topics would include strategy & tactics of warfare, armaments, & leadership.

This brief list barely scrathes the surface of books on the subject. Public and University Libraries would have hundreds on the subject, as well as

The Art of War - by Sun tzu Ping Fa

 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A - by William L Shirer

 Principles of War - by Carl von Clausewitz

 War Strategy and Intelligence - by Michael I Handel

 A History of Warfare - by John Keegan

 Robert E. Lee on Leadership: Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision - by H. W. Crocker III

 Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad - by William Craig

 Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs - by Adrienne Mayor