Most, if not all things that you have written in your life has been in English from making lists, writing texts, sending tweets, upgrading your Instagram and your twitter profiles. No wonder you’re probably skeptical about what more could you possibly need to know for completing your homework in English?
Unfortunately, social media has gotten in the way of writing good English papers that our teachers are proud of. Why? We spend so much time on social media sites such as the ones listed above, using emoticons and short text speech, that we have brought this “twitterization” of English in the classroom.
This massacre of the English language may be appropriate for the social world but looks ridiculous when teachers encounter them in your English homework. What is even sadder, is that we don’t even realize when we are doing it. If you’re one of the students who this has happens to, you might want to ease up on the short text writing even on social media. They say practice makes perfect and practicing this habit can have negative reactions that you can do without on your paper.
Writing comes hand in hand with reading. It is generally true that students who perform better at English are the ones who read a lot. Reading enriches your vocabulary. There is reading content for everyone according to your particular likes. Even when you are not paying attention to English and just reading for fun, there is a part of your brain that is still actively engaged and soaking up information of language structure etc. Don’t just skip over the unfamiliar words, but get a dictionary and try to memorize the word as associated with the meaning. If you don’t have a dictionary, use your smartphone and search for it on the Internet.
Grammar rules are not taught in isolation. You may hate studying and learning English grammar but when completing your homework, you will need to remember as much of the grammar that you have learned over the years. You don’t just forget the grammar that you learn in elementary school and pick up the new ones taught in high school That’s not the way it works. Learning English is added learning. It is knowledge that you keeping adding and not forgetting.
There is a reason your teacher is so diligent in stressing that you do not copy and paste information from the Internet. There is a reason you are taught how to do proper citation and references. It’s not because your teacher has it in for you or wants to make life more difficult for you. Copying somebody else’s content from the internet and passing it off as your own without acknowledging the origin is plagiarism, likened to stealing and is a punishable offense. Even when you have written your paper on your own, it is a good idea to check your work on a website to determine the originality of your work. Sometimes, you do not intentionally lift information and use it spitefully, but many times you read information and write it back without realizing it.
These words of advice were written to support you in your interest for getting your English homework completed and in the right way. We all can use guidelines and hints in life especially from persons who have been there and done all that. Happy writing!