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January 1, 2014

Dance your PhD and WIN $1,000?

Here’s some information that will help win you $1,000: http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2013/11/dance-your-ph.d.-and-winner-%E2%80%A6 

Filed under: Competitions — admin @ 9:34 AM

December 22, 2013

APA vs. Chicago vs. MLA ?

For our BetterEdit editors, and all editors. Here’s a humorous news article about the application of various referencing styles / writing styles we thought you’d enjoy:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/4-copy-editors-killed-in-ongoing-ap-style-chicago,30806/?ref=auto

Filed under: Editing,Referencing Styles — admin @ 2:56 PM

December 11, 2013

PROOFREADING AND EDITING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Proofreading and editing are two terms that are often confused—even by the people performing these tasks! The words are definitely not interchangeable, however. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is, or if you need to know in order to give someone instructions on just exactly what to do with your paper, then read on to discover the distinctions.

Can You See the Forest for the Trees?

Has anyone ever told you that “you can’t see the forest for the trees”? If so, then what they were really trying to tell you was that you were so focused on the details (the trees) that you were ignoring the big picture (the forest). This is a good analogy for the difference between editing and proofreading, though I’m certainly not insinuating that editors aren’t detail-oriented. They happen to be laser-focused on the big-picture details and not the small details on which proofreaders obsess.

Editing: The Forest

The editing process includes taking an entire-forest, big-picture look at the paper as a whole. Editors check to make sure the ideas in the paper are expressed coherently, the text is well organized, and the reader transitions easily from one topic to the next. For research papers, academic editors look at the content of the paper to make sure all the arguments are logical and supported by credible sources. Editors also examine the sentence structure and correct awkward phrasing, remove passive voice construction, and check for any grammatical errors.

Proofreading: The Trees

Unlike editors, proofreaders carefully examine each tree/word to check for things like spelling, typos, formatting errors, and the like. In this way, proofreading takes a much more aesthetic approach to the paper. Not to throw too many analogies at you, but if you think of your paper as a wrecked car, the proofreading process would be like the paint and body work required to get the car looking good again whereas the editing process would be akin to pulling up the hood and fixing whatever is broken to make the car run smoothly.

When you look for an editing service, make sure that they consider proofreading part of their job as well. When you receive your paper back, it should be coherent, well-organized, grammatically sound and free of any pesky spelling errors, typos, and formatting issues. In essence, it needs to be ready to submit so that you receive the accolades or grade you deserve for all of your hard work!

November 26, 2013

“9 Awesome Study Tips For College and Graduate Students”

imageHow are your study habits? When I was a freshman at university and needed to be studying, I definitely found myself goofing off and not focusing on what I should have been doing. Fortunately, by my junior year I had figured out the keys to developing disciplined study habits. This Huffington Post article sums it up nice and easy. Hint:  It doesn’t involve cramming for that mid-term.

9 Awesome Study Tips for Students

I do want to add a study tip that didn’t make the Huff Post list:

Re-writing Your Notes

Writing down my notes a second and a third time really helped me to ace my exams. The reason being, when I would take notes in class, I would write the words on the slide mindlessly. Copying them again, at a slower pace, really allowed me to grasp the content. Hopefully, these tips will help you ace your midterms and exams as well as retain the information you spent all semester learning. All the best!

Cheers.

Filed under: College,Midterms,Note Taking,Study Tips — Tags: , , — admin @ 10:58 PM

November 23, 2013

… And We’re Back!

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Yes, yes, it’s been awhile since we last spoke, but we, at BetterEdit, promise not to let that much time pass between us again. It feels so good to connect with you once again, we’ve truly missed you. Plus, we have so much to fun stuff to share, like these tips to help you reduce stress!

1. Stay calm about stress. Stressing about stress will cause you to stress out more. Take at least 5 minutes of your day to breathe slowly and focus on the present moment.

2. Make sure you’re getting enough quality sleep, so you’re body can recharge your energy reserves for the next day and stay healthy. Sleep is very important for your immune system, so aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night in a completely dark room in order to produce melantonin, the sleep hormone. If that goal can’t be reached, take naps throughout the day.

3. Eat a balanced diet, preferably locally sourced or organic fresh fruits and vegetables with healthy fats, like coconut oil, grass fed butter, or ghee, and grains, like quinoa or rice.

4. Exercise. Exercise will help your body combat stress by releasing endorphins from your brain, making you feel good about life. And who doesn’t want that? There’s no need to slave at the gym for an hour, walking or bicycling to class is sufficient enough to get the job done.

5. Socialize. Give your brain a rest from looking at words and numbers all day and go hang out with your friends or join a club where you can meet new people. The idea is to have fun and not worry about that five page essay due on Friday, for at least a few hours, anyways.

Learn more at:
How to Reduce Stress While in College

“One who suffers or stresses before it is necessary, suffers more than necessary.”
~Seneca

Filed under: Blogroll,College,Editing,stress reduction — Tags: , , , — admin @ 6:10 PM

April 8, 2009

Essay Editing–or Editing Anything!

Some of you may have noticed nothing much had changed on the BetterEdit website for awhile. I purchased the website from Yaro in 2007 and everything was cruising along just fine so I didn’t “get on the stick” (I didn’t hurry up) and do all of the things I had envisioned for the business. That’s about to change, however, so watch out for our brand new website redesign coming soon!

Plus, I’ve always had a challenge with transitions! Part of the challenge in transitioning for me is to get the ideas I have in my head, out of my head and into the physical world: to manifest the thoughts.

Just like writing! We’ve got to get those thoughts–that essay, article, blog, website, manuscript, thesis, research paper, memo, email, marketing piece, or whatever (!) that we’ve been creating inside our heads–out of our heads and onto paper … or onto something! For me, it’s into an electronic document via a keyboard. (I love to type! One thing I used to begrudge when I was young was having to sit at a typewriter and practice: asdf ;lkj asdf ;lkj, over and over and over! Now, it’s one of the first things I recommend: learn how to type! You’ll be SOO glad you did!)

So get those thoughts down. Just get them down! Leave the order of your ideas and that it has to make sense until later.

Just get your thoughts down!

There are several ways to do this, but one simple method is to use a list or bullet format:

. Just write them down!
. Put them on something–paper, electronically
. Get your thawts out!
. Even if you cant spell or punctuate
. as long as u kno
. wat u r saying
. n u kan desyfer what yr thots were
. that’s all that matters at this stage!

It’s those first thoughts that are going to be the guts (the substance) of your essay, or your blog–or whatever your finished product is going to be–but you’ve got to get them down! Once you have your thoughts down, you can organize the ideas into logical order. Once you’ve captured what you want to say and you have them in the order you want, you can write complete sentences around those thoughts. Now you’ve got complete sentences, you can edit them!

Make sure you edit your work! Or, if it’s a brief piece, you can edit it as you go. Like me for this blog entry, for example. I’ve been back over it several times already and have edited it as I’ve gone along and I haven’t even finished it yet. I can edit as I go, but I, too, risk losing my train of thought. Even though I edit as I write, I NEVER send anything out without at least one last look (and maybe several last looks) at it. That’s the editor in me. In the end, I’ll have a well written piece. Many people comment one of my strengths is that I write well–but only after I’ve edited it a gazillion times! (A gazillion is so many you can’t even count–it’s a made-up word and has no real number equivalent.)

My point is, even those who write well don’t do it without editing it. You think your favorite author doesn’t edit their own work?!! Ha! And even then, they may ask their spouse or a friend to edit it again, or they may hire a professional editor before they send it to the publisher. And then the publisher assigns another editor to it!

There is a saying, Great books aren’t written, they’re re-written. Re-written books, then, are books that have been edited–many times! So for a great piece, you don’t have to re-write your document, but you should edit it!

So, to recap, have a COWE when you’re writing! (For the non-native speakers: there is an expression in the English language, “Don’t have a cow!” so I’m playing with that expression. Don’t ask me right now, however, what the expression means because I don’t have a clue! I promise I will find out and let you know because I love learning about languages. OK, English lesson over.) So, have a COWE! when writing:

1. Capture: Get your thoughts down–use few words and/or bullet points
2. Organize: Order them in a logical order/sequence
3. Write: Write full sentences around the bullet points/thoughts
4. Edit: Take the time to go over what you have written–twice if you can!

Good luck, and happy writing!

It’s an honor to serve you.

Fiona

www.BetterEdit.com

Filed under: copy writing,Editing — Tags: , — admin @ 8:18 AM

July 22, 2008

A ROOM WITH A VIEW … OF NIAGARA FALLS!

Wow! Now I know why people come from all over the world to see Niagara Falls. It’s spectacular! I’m on the 19th floor looking out my window at the falls and the mist rising from them–yes, the mist is rising that high (and higher)! It looks like there’s a cloud hovering over them. The falls themselves are incredible. You can hear the constant roar of the waterfalls across the street and through the closed windows. The volume of water that’s flowing over the falls is mind boggling.

So about 2 hours ago, www.BetterEdit.com switched servers from one web hosting company (with lousy customer service) to a different web hosting company, www.HostMySite.com. We had another great experience! The nameserver switch went seamlessly, but I ran into a glitch with the email. And that’s a MAJOR glitch for an Internet-based business! No worries, though! I simply went to the HostMySite.com site, clicked on “Chat” and voila! Poof, disappearo! The problem was fixed in a single conversation with a rep from tech support!

My administrator, Angela Lewis (who lives in Australia), also had a great experience with them–and she’s on the other side of the world in a completely different time zone operating on a different day, and they were just as easily accessible and customer friendly! I can’t say enough great things about www.HostMySite.com. Thanks for making our Internet experience a great one!

Remember! Better Use BetterEdit for Better Communication!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 5:50 AM

July 18, 2008

WAY COOL!

Hey, wow, this is … way too cool! OK, so let me have my moment! Hey, if we can’t have fun in life, what the heck are we here for! True, we have responsibilities, and I’m taking care of those. So, have fun too! And get pleasure from the small things in life–like being totally awed by a totally awesome company with totally awesome toys! Namely, www.HostMySite.com (da bomb!), www.SmarterTools.com and www.WordPress.com! These comments are unsolicited–really. I own a 24/7, 365 worldwide, Internet business that specializes in comprehensive editing services. I need my support to be seamless and as available as we are! I am switching hosting companies to www.HostMySite.com because it was recommended and the experience has been totally amazzzzzing!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 3:49 AM

March 28, 2007

Now Hiring Contract Editors

It’s that time of year again. We are looking to hire more contract editors.

If you know your academic writing and fancy some work editing student essays and theses, please visit our jobs page and apply:

http://www.betteredit.com/jobs.html

BetterEdit Manager

Filed under: Jobs — admin @ 3:54 PM

January 21, 2007

Job Opening: Toronto Poster Distributor

BetterEdit is looking to hire a part time poster distribution campus rep in Toronto.

For more details see:

Job Opening – Toronto Canada – University Campus Representative

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:22 AM
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