The Homonyms Guide Every Student Should Review

As I was starting my first online class of the summer, my professor mentioned an essay would be due within the next week. Since I’m much more of a science student and less of a wordsmith, the anxiety sets in. As my professor was explaining the assignment, he mentioned the importance of peer reviews saying, “I want these essays to sound professional. Nothing will ruin this quicker than a simple mix up of ‘affect’ and ‘effect’.”

Little did he know what a coincidence this was, those are the homonyms I always have the most trouble with. That night, I decided to make a guide for other homonyms to prevent any other future writing mistakes.

Need help with homonyms? Here’s a study guide that will help improve your writing skills to ensure that next A.

*exceptions may apply

Word

Meaning

Example

accept (v) to accept is to receive something He accepted tea from Annette without looking at her.
except (v) except usually means “unless” or “excluding” (sometimes “to leave out”) He barely talks, except about music.

Source: Vocabulary

Word

Meaning

Example

affect (v) to affect means to influence something The tornado barreling towards us will affect our picnic plans.
effect (n/v) noun- effect means the result or impact of something.

 

verb- effect means to produce or to cause to come into being

(n)   What effect did the loss have on the team?

(v) Over time the effect of loud music can damage your hearing.

 

**Another trick is to remember that affect comes first alphabetically, and an action (to affect) has to occur before you can have a result (an effect).

Source: Vocabulary

Word

Meaning

Example

there       (n,adv,pn,adj)

 

 

**does not show possession.

noun- there means “that place:”

 

adv- there emphasizes which person

 

pronounthere is used to introduce a noun or a phrase

 

adjectivethere means the opposite of here

(n) We jogged from there.

(adv) My mother noted that there was a deer in the pond

(pn) Is there a desk I can use to do my homework?

(adj) May I please sit there? Do you hear the dog over there?

their (adj) their is a plural possessive adjective, which describes ownership We walked their dog for them while they were on vacation.

 

they’re (v) they’re is a contraction word meaning they are. Usually followed by verb ending in -ing. They’re going to be late.

Source: E Learn English Language

Word

Meaning

Example

then (adv) then has an element of time You wake up and then have breakfast.
than ( than conveys a comparison His truck was bigger than mine.

Source: Grammarist

Word

Meaning

Example

whose whose is the possessive of “who” Whose book is this?
who’s who’s is a contraction of who is Who’s watching TV?

Source: E Learn English Language

Making The Most Of A Slow Internship

To those who have found an internship for the summer: congratulations! You are now one step closer to joining the real world post college by gaining work experience. Depending on the company or position, some of you may be busier than others. If you find that your internship is not as busy as you had expected, no worries. There is still something to be gained from a less than exciting experience. Here are some ways to make the most out of an internship:

1. Network. 

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a very commonly used phrase in the working world. This is because one can never have enough connections in the working world. Only so much can be said on a resume when applying for a job. However, maybe there’s a coworker whose wife is the boss of a company looking to hire someone with your experience. Through word of mouth, it can be much easier to find yourself such opportunities. So be friendly, connect with your coworkers, and use this time to give good impressions.

2. Observe and Consider

Now assuming that this internship was accepted for not only a source of income but for the learning experience, make sure to pay attention to the work environment. Talk to other employees, ask about their experiences with the company and within the industry. Take notes and evaluate if this is a career or type of workplace you can envision yourself in. There’s always something to be learned during an internship, even if you’re not being kept busy.

3. Ask for more responsibility

Don’t be intimidated to ask for more assignments for staying occupied. If your manager does not have the time to find more tasks, take the initiative and see if coworkers need help with their workload. This also is a great way to network with others and avoid boredom.

There’s always ways to stay productive during the slower hours of an internship. It’s certainly not all fun and games, but make sure to use it as a learning experience.