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7 Powerful Tips For Article Writing You Must Know

7 Powerful Tips For Article Writing You Must Know

Article writing is the order of the day. Almost all aspects of our lives require writing and reading, and the demand for article writing skills is very high. There’s no doubt that all sectors of the modern economy can use article writing services. Website owners write articles, and newspapers, magazines, marketers, businessmen, financial analysts and many others need articles to be written on a daily basis. Many social marketers see articles as the key to their success. Bloggers would never deny the important of article writing skills, because their success depends on it.

Writing articles may seem easy, but it is a difficult task requiring significant skill if one is to deliver engaging articles to readers. Many bloggers lose readers as a result of poorly written articles they’ve presented to their audience.

We all know students can never be successful without developing their writing ability. As a student, you need to write on a daily basis. You constantly get bombarded with homework and project assignments that require you to write.

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Many freelancers, copy writers and content writers are currently trying to meet the demand for article writing services. These groups of people are experts at article writing. In addition, there are great websites online where you can pay to get your article written within a specified period. They can provide you with unique and original content based on your chosen topic. If course, these services are not free.

Despite the huge numbers of freelancers who do paid article writing, many would-be bloggers or social marketers see writing blog posts as intimidating. Well, you need not be intimidated. I will briefly highlight some points that will have you writing articles like a professional. No matter their status, everyone from students to social marketers can improve their article writing skills by following these tips.

Write Down Your Topic

The first and most important thing to do before doing any writing is to choose a focused topic. If you have no direction, you will have no destination.

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Draft Your Ideas

After choosing a topic for your article, it is very important to draft an outline of your ideas. Doing this makes you sharpen your ideas before writing the article. It gives you a clear direction and also insights into what you want to communicate to your readers. This step is especially important for students who are writing for a project or assignment.

Do Some Research To Find Sources

This is very important for students, because it can be very hard to search for academic works or papers. Doing some research on the topic chosen is very vital. It makes your content richer and shows the reader that your facts are reliable when you include high-quality sources in your article.

Assume Your Readers Have Zero Knowledge 

It is also very important to assume zero knowledge for your readers. Whenever you are writing an article, never believe that your audience has the prior knowledge of the topic that you have. If you do, you may jump to conclusions and miss some key points. Considering who your audience is, use simple enough words to construct any sentence. In the end, if you don’t follow this advice, you might lose your readers or audience.

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Never Deviate From Your Topic

One of the mistakes many writers make is deviating from their topic. It is very important to keep your topic in mind because it prevents you from losing focus and direction. Sticking to one topic forces you to support each of your ideas and fully communicate your point.

Cut Unnecessary Words In Your Sentences

When I read some articles online, I feel dissatisfied because of unnecessary lines and words. Make sure you cut away all unnecessary words. Long sentences with too many words can be frustrating for readers.

Avoid Distractions While Writing

You may have a nice topic coupled with great content, but if you allow yourself to become distracted while writing, you can lose your focus quickly. It is important to avoid any form of distractions. For students, it is advisable to keep off of the internet and social media and to turn off the TV while writing. Distractions can divert your attention and make you a worse writer.

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Change Your Location

For you to focus completely on the article you are writing, you may need to get out of the house and travel to a nearby library. If there is no nearby library, then find another space where no friends, family members, or other tasks will disturb you. A change of scenery will boost your motivation level.

Conclusion

If you follow these tips, your articles will look professional. There are many other tips you should read and add to these above-listed points. Purchasing your articles online is another good option for many people.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

“Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

“The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

“The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

    1. Build a Memory Palace

      What is it?

      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

      How to use it?

      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

      Example

      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

      2. Mnemonic

        What is it?

        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

        How to use it?

        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

        Example

        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

        C

        J

        H

        D

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        P

        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

        Cubs

        Just

        Hate

        Doing

        Push-ups

        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

        3. Mnemonic Peg System

          What is it?

          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

          How to use it?

          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

          Example

          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

          0 = hero

          1 = gun

          2 = shoe

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          3 = tree

          4 = door

          5 = hive

          6 = sticks

          7 = heaven

          8 = gate

          9 = line

          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

          4. Chunking

            What is it?

            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

            How to use it?

            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

            Example

            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

            081127882

            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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            081 – 127 – 882

            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

            5. Transfer of Learning

              What is it?

              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

              How to use it?

              There are two specific ways to use it:

              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

              Example

              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

              Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

              The Bottom Line

              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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              Reference

              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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