Parentheses Punctuation: Clear Answers to Your Questions


Posted on November 5th, 2012

The accurate use of parentheses punctuation will definitely impress your teachers. Only a few students are meticulous enough to pay attention to such trifles as punctuation marks inside or outside parentheses. However, if you want to become one of the lucky ones to get the very best grades, you can use this quick guide to learn all the secrets of excellent punctuation within only a couple of minutes.
 

Parentheses Punctuation and Use

Parentheses are the round brackets used to include relatively unimportant information in a sentence (such as this part, for example).

It is important that you do not bury important information inside parentheses, because some readers can simply ignore this part. How do you know whether the information is important? Simply use the following checklist:

Read more

A Short Autobiography: Simple Tips, Clear Examples


Posted on September 17th, 2012

Does all your life flash before your eyes when you try to choose the most important episodes for your short bio? Indeed, squeezing your life story in a page or two is not easy at all. However, with these simple tips and clear examples, you won’t need to rack your brains for writing first class autobiographical papers.
 

A Short Autobiography: Basic Principles

An autobiography is a story you tell about your own life. You can use the words ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘my’ whenever you want to. At last, you can write about your dearest self and nobody will accuse you of egoism or egocentrism.
Here is a truly effective action plan for writing a short memoir in only a few hours and receiving a good grade for it:

  • you should clearly understand why you write this bio (for instance: as a part of your application package, as one of your academic papers, as a post on Facebook, etc.); understanding this will help you choose the most appropriate experiences;
  • look back at your past and choose 3 – 5 life-changing experiences (be sure that your birth is the first of them);
  • write 1 sentence (not more than 20 words) about each experience;
  • choose an interesting quote for the opening paragraph (make certain it is relevant and related to the rest of your paper);
  • add transitions between different parts;
  • add personal impressions;
  • create a strong, optimistic ending for your biography.

Do not hesitate to use this algorithm whenever you need an answer to the question “how to write an autobiography”.

Read more