Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

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  • 0:01 It Makes a Difference!
  • 0:47 Why is Spelling Important?
  • 1:50 Strategies for Spelling
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Instructor: Katie Surber

Katie has a Master's degree in English and has taught college level classes for ten years.

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

It Makes a Difference!

If you were driving down the street and saw a sign that read 'Vote Four Smith,' would you feel confident in doing so? What if you stopped to eat and the restaurant's display read, 'Too for one?' Would you hesitate a little before eating there? How many times have you received a text or email and stopped at a spelling error? What did you think about the error? Did your opinion change about the author?

We are all guilty of making spelling errors. Perhaps it is that we are rushing through our work. Or, it could be that we do not take the time or know what to look for when proofreading our writing. However, it is important that we take the time to look for spelling errors in our writing. Let's take a look at some tips to avoid spelling errors and how to correct them, so it will be easier to avoid making these errors in our writing.

Why Is Spelling Important?

The ability to communicate is a necessary skill in any class or career. One of the most common ways we communicate is through writing. When we write, we are sending a message to our audience. We want that message to be clear, and we want our audience to feel connected to our topic and to us. If spelling errors are present in your writing, the audience will be distracted and may miss your message.

Your writing creates an impression with your audience. You want your audience to feel that you have taken the time to review, proofread, and edit your work before submitting it or sending it to them. This is true in essays, but also in emails or messages that you may send. If you fail to do so, you may leave your audience with the impression that you simply do not care. Finally, when you finish school, you will be looking for a career. It is important that you have an error-free resume, which requires the ability to spell correctly.

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