What’s the Difference Between a Hyphen and a Dash?

They might all look like lines on a page, but hyphens and dashes serve different purposes. To begin, a hyphen (-) is shorter than a dash (–). Hyphens join words together and dashes indicate range. But that’s just the beginning. If you really want to keep these lines straight, read on. What is a hyphen? […] ...

Mysterious Punctuation You Should Get To Know

The comma. The period. The quotation mark. The apostrophe. These punctuation marks have been familiar friends since elementary school. Now, it’s time to take your knowledge a step further and master some wonderfully obscure punctuation, courtesy of the English language! You might not use these everyday, but they’re fun to bring up and will expand […] ...

Quiz: Go Wild Over These Collective Nouns for Animals

You may know school of fish, herd of cattle, or even pod of dolphins, but can you guess the collective noun for crocodile? Perhaps our multiple choice quiz on collective nouns for animals will give you a clue. It’s a rhyming word safari and the challenge is to uncover the answers hidden right in front […] ...

5 Tricks to Writing Resolutions You Can Really Keep

There is nothing like the start of a new year to give an extra boost to your personal goals, but so many resolutions fall to pieces just weeks or even days into the new year. Own your goals this year with these simple resolution writing tips. It’ll help you beat the odds and maximize all […] ...

What We Learned About Writing in 2018

Whether or not you are a fan of writing, it has been a part of the student experience for thousands of years. While the concept of writing in education is anything but new, each year there are dozens of studies and articles that alter the writing landscape. Emerging technologies in the classroom also have an […] ...

Fascinating Origins of 5 Holiday Words

Happy holidays! It’s once again time to chill with the family, munch on good food, and celebrate! Here’s a bit of holiday word etymology to enlighten your family and friends with at your next festive feast.   Carol In the singing mood? This word originally referred to pagans’ celebratory circle dances and the songs that […] ...

What Your Instructors Wish You Knew About Papers

Have you ever wondered what your professors are really looking for in a paper? It always seems like they want much more than they put on the rubric – or that their directions are so detailed that it feels almost impossible to get it right! While every instructor is different, there are a few things […] ...

Ten Interesting SAT Vocabulary Words You’ll Probably Never Use

These SAT vocabulary words are likely to show up on the SAT verbal portion of your exam, but probably nowhere else in your life. Before we lament our lassitude, let’s review a few sundry terms. To check your papers or SAT sample essays for grammar or spelling errors, try the EasyBib Plus online grammar and […] ...

7 Tips for a Standout College Admissions Essay

Nothing has the power to intimidate even the most diligent student quite like the college admissions essay. How to choose the right topic and steer clear of clichés while showing admissions committees that you’re a great fit? Never fear! We’ve got a list of tips to help you make a great impression with a stellar […] ...

Video Lesson: Quoting and Paraphrasing

Length: 2:19 They say “practice makes perfect,” and that’s exactly what comes into play when students start learning how to effectively and responsibly include quotes and paraphrases in their writing. It doesn’t come easily for everyone! Starting at a young age, students all over the world learn and practice how to create argumentative, expository, analytical, […] ...