Proofreading students’ work at Fulmine’s biz
March 24, 2013 ~ Filed Under: Volunteering, Writing ~ 495 words
I’ve taken up a job proofreading papers for Fulmine and his essay writing service, and I feel I’ve found my niche. On of the many, at least. ^^
This is something that I find very important— helping someone to perfect their paper by looking from a new perspective with new eyes, which is sometimes hard to do when you were the one writing the paper.
Proofreading is a lot easier than it sounds. I start by reading the piece first so I get the feel for what was written and for what purpose. Understanding the whole context helps me to better prepare to proofread.
After I understand what the writer is trying to say, I know how to help them say it in the most efficient, effective way possible. I look for the larger errors first, and then after I’ve corrected that, I read through one more time for “flow” and to make sure I have not missed anything.
I feel like I provide a valuable service in proofreading. At least, Fulmine is pleased with my work so far. :) I help authors and writers to use their voices in the most effective way possible. I recommend to fellow Robocitans to consider volunteering for Fulmine as proofreaders; we can always use more helping hands and more perspectives!
One service that has helped me get started is grammarbase. The nice thing about this website is that it offers a free grammar check that spots most errors and typos in a piece of copy. The checker works a bit like W3’s webpage validation tool: you input a text into the form field, hit “Start New Checking” and wait for the tool to be done. You’ll be prompted to check certain areas of your text if the tool finds a problem with them.
Another tool that helped me a lot is a spellchecker.net with its instant grammar check service. The interface of spellchecker is almost the same as the one mentioned before, copy and paste your text into the box and hit “Check Grammar”. The tool will check your grammar instantly and provide suggestions if needed.
Spelling gets checked as well, so not a single typo will escape the analysis. Thanks goodness! ;D
Have you ever worked as a proofreader? What tools do you use to check your grammar?
My review of Tutorsville (yeah, really ^^)
March 22, 2013 ~ Filed Under: School, Website Reviews ~ 866 words
I haven’t reviewed a website in a very, very long time, so I guess today’s blog entry is a right chance to make up for that.
The website I’m going to talk about is Tutorsville.net, a platform that provides tutoring services to students.
Why I review it
I have used this website several times for my own studies. Recently, I came across a testimonial from a fellow citizens who homeschools her children that she found Tutorsville.net’s advice essential to tutor her youngest child and help a neighbor’s child to thrive in school. Want the truth? I couldn’t have been more impressed, because the website has helped me through many of the ups and downs of school life. :)
My review of Tutorsville
Just a look at the screenshot (homepage) above is enough to acknowledge the user-friendliness of the platform. At least, it was for me.
Tutorsville has changed graphic layout quite a bit over the years, but its clean design and usable content structure has been kept as a pattern.
What about its benefits for YOU students? Well— all it requires is for you to select a subject category and a sub-category of the subject you picked. From there, you receive an individually tailored lesson, and you can do this any time of day or night. The other impressive part of this is that the only tutors that are allowed to be of service here are professionals, experts in the area of study being taught. If you need a history lesson on the American Civil War at three in the morning, you will not receive compromised services for the time of day you need help: Tutorsville’s experts are ALWAYS available at any time of day or night, and even at the times in between. Work from this company is not substandard either.
They have answers to ANY question you could possibly ask, and not only do you receive a concise, clear answer, but it is explained to you in a manner that will help you to understand that answer, not just use it to turn in homework. You will walk away understanding why A plus B equals C and understanding the principles behind it. You receive so much more than just answers here; you get explanations. If you do not understand an answer in one manner, it will be explained differently the next time around, not repeated to you louder and slower as if you did not hear the first time. Tutorsville understands that we all learn differently and are prepared to teach the student that comes to them, not the student they were taught how to teach.
Now, in case you have a great experience with a single tutor, you can rehire them and work with them again for continued progress and success; no problem there. They’re very kind to their young customers. :) Tutors are also flexible and willing to work with you and your schedule; if you need a lesson, they will bend over backwards to help teach you.
Ah yes— you are not strictly bound to time schedules, either. The minutes you purchased on your package are good to use whenever you wish with any tutor you feel is appropriate. If, by some rare chance, you are not satisfied with your tutor, you are able to contact the administrators, state your case and if there is evidence to support that you did not get what you paid for, a credit will be granted to you for your next use of the site. Isn’t that cool? XD
Also, you can review on your personalized account with Tutorsville’s previous lessons; once you take the lesson, you are free to review it and reread notes and accounts from your tutor for future needs. Don’t worry about losing all the information you received from the lesson you paid for; it’s all still there, just waiting for you for when you need it. ^_^
Know what? I am going to be recommending this site to Fulmine for his writing services because I truly believe in this service and its ability to help and expand minds. Fulmine’s business is also thriving and it can only get better.
A last word
I would suggest to give this website a try, but since I don’t write advertorials, I’ll just tell you that my fellow Robocitan sleeps happier sleeps at night now since she started using Tutorsville for her homeschooled children. The fact is— there are tons of freebies and goodies for you that don’t require a credit card. You can learn so much from just a few minutes worth of browsing the site.
When I tried it the first time, I did NOT walk away disappointed, just the contrary— I did walk away with more knowledge and understanding than I came in with.
So that’s it. :) I’m quite pleased with the resources we pick and share here in Rolamaton.
I shall wait patiently until the end of it
March 14, 2013 ~ Filed Under: Job, Monthly Reunions, Robocity Leaders ~ 359 words
There is a crazy-load of stuff to get done this week. Here’s a few items:
- Prepare a list of potential candidates for the 2014 Leadership elections
- Scrutiny the list with the other Leaders (circa 3 hours a week until June 2013)
- Plan the discussion points for the Monthly Reunion of March 25th
- Review the list of initiatives by fellow citizens and check next semester’s budget to see if some of them fit
- Review prominent citizens’ curricula and select a few profiles for Assistant placement
I thought of asking Fulmine whether I could pause my contribution to his essay writing services until the other Leaders and I complete the scrutiny of the list of potential candidates, but I feel split inside— I’m not really willing to give up voluntary work to make more room for Leadership duties. I guess I’m growing tired of the position at this point, or I just feel tired and stressed and I wish the day was any way longer than 24 hours.
One thing is certain— ten years is too long a time for a position in Leadership. A person can grow tired of the duty, feel pressured by the continuous workload and discouraged by the resistance some fellow citizens show for their initiatives. It’s stressing.
As I mentioned in my latest post, I became a Leader at age 10 and I’m still a Leader now that I’m approaching my twenties (in April 15th). I want to go to university, get married, find a part-time job and give up on Leadership already.
I know I’m a decent writer, a decent marketer, a good leader and a creative mind. I could find tons of jobs out there if I want to. But I need to complete my mandate first. I love Rolamaton, I owe it to it.
Besides, early dismissal (and therefore, a rush election) might cause more harm than good for the other Leaders and the candidates we’re scrutinizing. I don’t want anyone to suffer from my choices.
Thus I shall wait.