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You need to spell words correctly to make sure you are understood and to make a good impression.

Reading in general (e.g. novels, newspapers, academic material) helps improve your spelling.

Check your spelling

You should always check your spelling before completing a final draft of any written work.

You can:
  • use a dictionary
  • always use a spellchecker if you word-process (very helpful for people with dyslexia)
  • ask somebody to check your work for spelling mistakes (but note: individual work which is assessed must be your own)
  • be aware of words you often spell wrongly and look out for them in your work.

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