Misspelling is such an annoying problem for almost every student! Are you familiar with the situation when you have written a brilliant essay (you may really like it!), you think that everything is perfect, since you have put a lot of efforts while preparing it, but suddenly you get a bad grade because of the misspellings? Yes, it’s awfully unpleasant, but you can avoid such situations! Here you can find a few recommendations which may be helpful.
Take Your Time
Of course, we always feel the lack of time and we are always in hurry, but writing essay or course paper is quite important, if you want to get a good grade for it. Haste makes waste. Remember that you are the one to blame for misspellings, so you’d better mind quality, but not speed.
Check your writing after you have finished, and even check it twice! Look at it with a fresh eye and you will definitely find some mistakes you haven’t noticed earlier. You may even check it for the second time in a few hours or even days, if you have enough time for it.
Use the Dictionary
As for very difficult cases, when you hesitate concerning the spelling of the word, you’d better look it up in the dictionary. The English language has rather complicated spelling rules (or there are no rules at all in some cases). Sometimes we drop some letter while speaking, but nevertheless they should be spelled while writing, for example, the word “different” may be pronounced like “diffrent”. That’s why if you are not sure about the spelling, check it in the dictionary.
Remember the Rules
And yet there are some rules which you need to remember in order not to repeat the same mistakes again and again. Here you can find some of them:
- double the consonant before -ing in the words that contain only one syllable, like “cut”, but “cutting”; or in short words like “admit”, if the stress falls on the last syllable - “admitting”
- Write “ei” after letter “c”, like in “perceive”, but “ie” after any other letter like in a word “believe”
- Mind the difference between British and American spelling, like in a word “colour”, when we drop the letter “u” in the American variant.
- Do not forget to write “h” in question words like “what”, “when” or “who”, but we should still spell other words like “witch” without it.