Today I’m bringing you something a little different, my review of Grammarly!
What is Grammarly and why do I Need it?
Grammarly is a fantastic grammar, plagiarism and proof-reading service. As a student, this is a LIFESAVER. Writing numerous essays for uni, I have discovered I get the same feedback across most of my modules. Most of my modules tell me if I improved on my Grammar, wordiness, and clarity I could move my marks up significantly. Easier said than done right?
However, that’s when I came across Grammarly. To be completely honest I was as skeptical as the next person at first, but once you try it, you slowly realise how great it is.
At it’s simplest, you can import chunks of text, whole essay’s if you want, into Grammarly and it will highlight your grammar mistakes, as well as odd word pairings and wordiness! However, there is MUCH more than this…
Grammarly will also check your work for plagiarism, and you can have someone proof-read your work!
This week for Book Review Wednesday I am focusing on a classic, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist is one of those books that will probably have cropped up in your life in one or another, it’s basically everywhere! And for good reason!
Who? What? Why?
So as you would imagine the novel centres around a young boy called Oliver Twist. Set in the 1830’s little Oliver grows up in an orphanage and a number of things happen leading him to run away to the big smoke, London. Here he gets in with a rather unsavory crowd whilst slowly the truth behind his parentage is revealed. Oliver Twist has so many elements to it, from class conflict to feminism, urban life versus country life and even religious and political connotations.
As well as its plot elements, its characters also have depth and complexity. Debatably the flimsiest character is probably our protagonist, Oliver. Fagin, Nancy, Sikes and Dodger all seem to have interesting attributes and real human elements we can sympathise with, or not as the case may be.
So for this weeks Learn Something New Monday I’m going to be talking about how to have a productive study session!
Exams are right around the corner for me so I’m knee deep in books and revision and sometimes it feels like I’m not getting anywhere! However I do believe there are somethings you can do to make that study session feel productive and give you more time to relax.
So for this weeks Book Review Wednesday’s I’m going to be talking about one of my all time favourite books! This book will suit you if you love romance, historical drama and hard hitting realism. It’s gritty, its fascinating and as well as highlighting the horrific experiences of soldiers on the western front, it also addresses the personal lives of those left behind.
Gritty, Fascinating and Hard Hitting
BirdSong by Sebastian Faulks was initially introduced to me through watching the 2012 BBC two-part adaptation featuring the amazing Eddie Redmayne. I loved, and still do, all things WW1 so decided to watch it. It really struck a cord with me. I fell in love with the story and went straight out and bought the book to read!
I soon learnt, after reading the book, that the adaptation leaves out the last section of the book, so make sure you read the book first! This book strike’s a cord with me for its psychological exploration of the human mind at war and in love. The novel deals with a very real event, a horrific one, and what happens when relationships are embroiled up in this. However, this is no normal war love affair, its deep and complicated and real. Happy endings do not always happen in real life.
So today I am reviewing two key key beauty items, a MAC lipstick and their new Next to Nothing Face Colour!
I LOVE MAC lipsticks and already own Hue and Velvet Teddy, both stunning, but rather neutral toned. Thus, I was looking for something with a bit more wow factor.
Purple Toned Lipsticks? Trend or too much?
I feel like purple toned lipstick is very in right now, and I won’t deny I wanted to join the beauty trend! So I went ahead and ordered Evening Buzz. Evening Buzz is a beautiful muted lavender matt lipstick. Much like their other lipsticks it feels lovely on, lasts brilliantly and gets lots of compliments!
So today I’m bringing you a review of a company who I literally adore! I received a product from this company as gift last Christmas and since then I have been obsessed with their products!
This company is Bobbl. Bobbl is a hat company who have a range of beanie’s, woolly hats, baseball caps and berets that all feature a small popper on the top so you can interchange the wide range of fun and colourful bobbles they stock for their hats!
First of all, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Due to today being a homage to all those mothers out there I thought I nice post idea would be to discuss some of the mothers in literature I have come across! I bet you’ll be seeing your own mother in a much better light after this!
First up we have the incorrigible Brenda Last of A Handful of Dust. Brenda begins an affair with the social parasite John Beaver simply out of boredom and hardly batters an eyelid when her only child, John Andrew is killed through being kicked by a horse. In fact she is more distraught at first as she thinks it is her lover who has died. Not exactly mother of the year, huh?
So for this weeks Learn Something New Monday I thought you might like to find out a little bit more about me, seeing as my blog is so new!
So I thought I would share 5 interesting facts about me, here goes!
My favourite animal are dogs, followed closely by horses. I had a beautiful, sweet King Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Rudie who my best friend for eight wonderful years. Unfortunately he passed away last year and my life has certainly not been the same since.
So Saturday means a lifestyle post and this specific Saturday my mum treated to me to afternoon tea as its been a bit of a tough couple of weeks for me at uni.
We have been for a couple of afternoon teas and have started rating them, which is always fun. This week we visited Monks Yard in Ilminster. It is as it sounds, set in a number of barns which is really cute, two are conference rooms and another is the tea rooms. When we went there was a baby shower in one and a meeting in the other. Its not fair away either which makes it a nice run out that doesn’t take up the whole day.
So its the beginning of March and I have three assignments this month, which means I am extremely busy and quite stressed at times!
So how do I keep myself from having a mental breakdowns every hour? Well for this ‘learn something new Monday’ I’m going to share my tips for keeping a level head when you are swamped with work!
Some of these you will obviously be aware of, but we all need to be reminded to take a break now and then!
TEA AND SNACKS
Have these on tap! I love lemon green tea and it has got me through many study sessions, green tea and bananas! Bananas are great to keep that energy going, but I’m not going to lie, some sweets are never turned away either!