In school, grammar was likely either your bread and butter or the bane of your existence. Regardless of how you feel about it, grammar is hard! With ever-changing communications and ideals of “proper” speech, it can be difficult to ensure that you are crafting quality, legible content. If you are someone who writes often – say for work or school – or just someone who wants to improve their writing skills, follow these tips to improve your grammar!
Read Everything You Can Get Your Hands On
One of the easiest ways to improve your grammar is to read often! Published pieces like books and articles have already been proofread for correct grammar and style based on the type of content and the subject material being presented. By reading materials from a variety of sources, you are repeatedly exposing yourself to good grammar, which will rub off on you over time!
Invest in a Grammar Manual
Back when I worked as a journalist, I was required to write in AP style. Yes, you read that right; there are different styles of “proper” grammar and syntax based on the purpose of your writing. I referenced an AP Stylebook regularly so that I knew I was using correct formatting and language.
There are many different guidebooks, both official and unofficial, for all sorts of writing! These manuals make checking rules super easy and are sure to keep you on the right track with your grammar! If you cannot afford to buy a guidebook or manual, Google is going to be your new best friend! There are tons of helpful resources available for free at just the click of a button!
Ask Friends and Family to Proofread Your Work
A great way to improve your grammar is to have friends or family proofread your work and provide feedback! If you don’t know anyone who can proofread your work and offer feedback, try creating an account on grammarly.com! Grammarly is an online proofreading tool that allows you to upload or copy/paste documents, set specific goals and parameters, and see your potential grammatical mistakes in real-time! There is a paid version available, if you can afford it or if you write often, but the free version of the software works great for everyday use! You can even download an extension to put the software to use online and in your Word documents as you type!
*This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with Grammarly. I personally used the software all through undergrad and grad school, and I recommend it to anyone who writes for school or work!
Practice, Practice, Practice!
As with most things, the best way to improve your writing skills is to write! When you write, you are solidifying your skills, so keep grammar at the forefront of your mind while writing and your skills will improve with each piece you create!
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