Anyone can learn to write well using these resources

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Anyone can learn to write well using these resources


Key quotes:

  • "Even if you are a great writer, there is still a lot of work that goes into the process."
  • "Every writer needs a set of tools and techniques to help with productivity."
  • "The tools mentioned here won’t do the hard work, but it will help you navigate through the process."
  • "It is great for writers or students who need to get a lot of work done."
  • "Writing is hard work and knowing that others are struggling as well makes you feel part of an elite group."
  • "The editing process takes a lot of time and when you have a tool like this to use, you are able to focus on other areas of your writing."
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Key quotes:

  • "And the easiest way to start getting into that habit is to follow a technique I’ve developed called the “Sandbox Method.” The sandbox method is an ongoing process for self-education, based on the latest scientific research on how we learn and how we process information."
  • "If you don’t have an easy way to practice whatever you’re trying to learn and to put your work out in the world as you’re going, then you’ll learn much slower and have a harder time getting feedback."
  • "If you don’t practice what you’re reading (on your own, not just in the confines of the education platform like Codecademy) then you’ll never truly learn it."
  • "I’ve used them to improve my photography, get better at marketing, learn how our minds work, learn how to learn, and many people swear by books as a self-education resource."
  • "As you practice deliberately within your sandbox, continuing to do research to fill in the gaps of your knowledge, the last (and necessary) piece of the self-education process is getting feedback."
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Key quotes:

  • "If you’re looking for an environment to practice what you’ve learnt, I recommend CodePen, which is a sandbox for the core languages of the web (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript)."
  • "For beginners, JavaScript is not as approachable as HTML or CSS, and I recommend you jump between a variety of different sources to reinforce the core concepts."
  • "Once you have working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the choice of technologies which you could learn can feel overwhelming."
  • "This is particularly useful if you’re making a test project to learn another technology, and don’t want to spend time on your site’s appearance."
  • "Not only is there a huge amount of jQuery still in use on the Internet (and you’re almost guaranteed to encounter it as a professional web developer), but I found that learning jQuery really helped me develop my knowledge of JavaScript."
  • "jQuery’s code is well-written, fast, and highly-compatible, and it’s helped me understand a lot about what vanilla JavaScript can do."
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Key quotes:

  • "Image Credit: What better way to make sure you’re writing about stuff your audience actually wants to read than by actually asking them? For example, you can use the research tool to do online research on the topic you’re writing about, find quotes or educational information, and so on (see #4 on this list)."
  • "If you’re all set on a topic but need help with organizing your writing so it’s interesting to read, you may want to check out our free, downloadable blog post templates or ebook templates, depending what you’re writing."
  • "For HubSpot customers, Composer is a new distraction-free writing tool that helps writers easily turn their brainstorm ideas and research notes into a blog post."
  • "(Read this blog post for more tips on simplifying your writing.) Here’s another tool that’ll assess your writing — but this time, it’ll assess it depending on your specific target audience’s reading level and which content they relate to the most."
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Key quotes:

  • "I have been teaching a “Practical English Grammar” course for several years in the college where I work, and most students reported better a understanding of the rules, seeing improvements in their writing, and not coincidentally, speech."
  • "Research has found sentence combining to be an effective strategy in grammar learning as well as writing development."
  • "You improve the style of your writing and learn to apply various rules of grammar."
  • "I was a timid daydreaming child with a vivid inner life, but on that day, which I remember as if it were yesterday, I changed forever."
  • "While Hemingway style of short sentences has its place in fiction, in most college and career related writing, writers are often expected to express their ideas in more formal and academic ways."
  • "Sentence combining can be a useful method to develop that capability, in addition to learn and practice grammar rules."
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Transcript: Oh, there's free cake in the staff room? Thanks for letting me know. See you there. Yeah, free cake. All right. Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lessonon writing a business or professional email in English. Now, this is useful for those of you who arejust starting a corporate job, or if you are looking to work in an English environmentwhere emails are constant. So, I use my email every day. I can tell you 100% that I have used all ofthese at one point or another in my emailing career, we'll say. So, I've sent thousands of emails, and I'veused all of these. So, these are phrases that you can use ininternal emails between yourself and your colleagues, or between yourself and someonewho works with your company. So, maybe you know someone who is selling,you know, technology to your company, like printers or computers; maybe there's someonewho supplies paper for your company and you have to interact with them, so you can usethese phrases and expressions with them. All right? So, first we'll start with the greeting. We have: "Hello", "Hi", "Hey, Steve". Steve - these are all for Steve. So, you notice... If... See more →

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