Category Archive: Dissertation

Feb 27

I LOVE (and Need) All of My Gadgets

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Everyone who knows me also knows that I am a true “Gadget Girl”…I work with a desk full of computers, tablets, and smartphones. I use Mac OS, iOS, and Android (sorry, Windows and Blackberry, I quit you both a long time ago).

Today, I am editing the literature review for a dissertation proposal for one of my PhD student/clients. I LOVE (and NEED) to use three of my gadgets to speed up the process.

  • In the middle of my deskspace is my MacBook Air, on which I am using Word for Mac to do the actual editing.
  • On my left is my iPad2, where I am checking the list of references that I uploaded into my Dropbox account.
  • On my right is my Samsung Galaxy Note, with which I am checking the references on the Chrome browser.

I save time because I don’t have to switch back and forth between apps and tabs on my Air. I save paper and printer ink because I don’t have to print out lists or copies of documents. Everything is uploaded to the Cloud.

Now do you see why I LOVE (and NEED) all of my gadgets?

After I finish editing this literature review, I will be happy to assist you with the editing of your academic documents. Contact me right away so that I can put your project on my schedule. I look forward to putting my gadgets into service for you!

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May 17

Hopefully?

How often do you hear or use this word in your everyday conversation?  If it’s as much as this blogger, it’s A LOT.  Especially when on deadline or in a hurry!  More often then not, this word is used incorrectly.  I’ve been guilty of this grammar offense.   *hangs head* In popular culture ‘hopefully’ means, “I hope.”  But that is not its definition.

Hopefully (adv.): With hope; in a hopeful manner.

  • INCORRECT: Hopefully, she will play her solo well.
  • CORRECT: She marched hopefully onto the field and played her solo well.

The newly (since the 1930s) adopted definition of ‘hopefully’ is one the dictionary allows.  But if you were check the reference section you’re sure to find articles and arguments with regards to this matter.

If you need writing assistance, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It!”

 

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Apr 15

What We Do: Dissertations

This is IT.  Senior year at your college/university is coming to a close.  You’ve “busted your hump” getting in all of your work, getting financial clearance for graduation, all ducks are in a row.

 

The last thing on your list, the dissertation has to be completed.  You’ve already done your research, it’s solid, and you’ve stayed up for hours writing your first draft.  At this point, you don’t want to look at it anymore, let alone make corrections.

 

We understand.  The team at Writing It Right For You will help you with grammar, spelling, usage and helping to show your paper with the potential it has.  First, second and third drafts (could be more) will be reviewed meticulously and any changes are sent to you for your approval.  Although we are a writing service we want to be sure your thoughts and opinions are ‘heard’ loud and clear.

 

Our pricing is results-driven as opposed to hourly rates.  At Writing It Right For You, we are happy to work directly with you.  Contact us for your free 30 minute consultation.

 

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Nov 10

What We Do: Academic Writing and Editing Assistance

I am a retired English and Social Sciences public school teacher and college instructor: I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English, Education and Psychology; and a Reading Specialist Certification. When I started Writing It Right For You, it never occurred to me that I would be *teaching* again. But one of the largest parts of my business today involves working with graduate and post-graduate students here in the United States as well as several other countries, including those for whom English is not their first language.

There is an on-going debate whether students should have assistance with the academic papers–many people say no, however I strongly say yes. Everyone who writes books, papers, articles, etc. for someone else to read should work with an editor. For students, English is not always their best subject although they may excel in other areas. Writing is a skill that must be developed like any other, and one of the best ways to learn how to write well is to work closely with someone who does write well.

Here at Writing It Right For You, we work closely and personally with graduate and post-graduate students on their independent study assignments, dissertations and theses. Many times, we work with students for several months at a time or over an entire university year which is very helpful with continuity. Students qualify for a discounted fee structure from our standard business rates.

If you are a university student looking for professional and personal assistance with your graduate or post-graduate studies, contact us. We will be honored to work with you for your academic success.

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Apr 12

Editing or Proofreading?

Editing and ProofreadingWriting your document is just the first step. Whether you are writing a letter, a report, web content, marketing materials or a dissertation, your writing must be edited. It must also be proofread. What is the difference? Many people think that editing and proofreading are the same thing, but actually they are two different processes. Think back to your school days: your teacher usually told you that the paper you were writing was only the “first draft”. (And you thought you were finished with that assignment!) Once your first draft is completed, the two-part editing process begins.

The whole process is all often called “editing”, but editing is actually the first component, and should begin as soon as the first draft is completed. There are several levels of editing:

* How well is the actual content written? Does it make sense? If instructions or guidelines were given, were they followed? Does the overall document have a smooth and consistent flow?

* How is the document structured? Is everything clear? Are the topics and sub-topics logical? Does the writing move smoothly from one idea to the next?

* Is your writing clear to the reader? Is everything explained clearly? Is everything cited or hyperlinked correctly? Is the tone and “voice” consistent? Is your writing too brief or too long or too repetitive or too bland?

These are just some of what is involved in the “editing” part of the process. Often it will take several revisions to reach the final draft.

Then the document is ready for proofreading, which is the last step of the editing process. Proofreading should be done after all of the revisions are completed. Proofreading involves checking for misspellings, incorrect or missing punctuation, grammar, and formatting.

Although all word processors have spelling and grammar checkers, they are not foolproof. A word can be spelled correctly, but used incorrectly. For example, many people confuse “your” and “you’re”. Both words are spelled correctly, but are used differently. A word processing spell checker would not recognize the difference. There are similar problems with relying only on the grammar checker in a word processor. English is a very complicated language, and the grammar checkers in word processing programs are too limited in their scope.

Finally,y the formatting and citations or references must be consistent. When your writing has been edited, proofread, and formatted carefully and in detail, it is finally ready for final distribution or publication. Your writing needs both editing and proofreading.

If you need professional editing and proofreading for your academic or business documents, contact us for a customized project plan.

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