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

3 Ways To Ease Your Cramming While Studying

“Cramming” is a word becoming more popular in today’s college campuses. Cramming is when students wait until a few hours prior to the exam or the night before to start study. This may seem like a surefire idea to earn a good grade but in reality human brains retain more information when taken in gradually. Don’t worry! You don’t have to put yourself in this situation of learning multiple weeks’ worth of notes in a matter of a couple of hours. Here are some ways to help ease that process.

 

1. Make notecards gradually throughout the semester. Instead of taking the time to make notecards hours before the exam, try making 5-6 notecards after every class. Not only will this save you time when you begin cramming but it will also be stored already in your memory. I like to make notecards weekly. If you don’t want to buy notecards, do it digitally through Quizlet or purchase them from Omega Notes.

2. Get together with a study group in your class. There is a good chance that someone else in your class has the same questions as you. Your peers can learn from you and vice-versa. Pick a spot in the library a few days before the exam and talk about the content or make a list of questions that you would like to ask the professor.

3. Test yourself! This is a technique I have been using for two years. After every class, I make custom quizzes and take it while I’m studying a few days before the test. I usually make 6-10 questions for each class to make sure I touch on any possible points that may be brought up in the exam. This becomes pretty valuable as you may have something other students want so try listing them on Omega Notes to make a couple of bucks.