Sep 17th 2017

Autumnal Equinox


What you need to know about the Autumnal Equinox:
The autumnal equinox 2017 is finally here! But, what exactly is an equinox?

The autumnal equinox definition is one that baffles many. To fully understand the autumnal equinox definition, it is essential to first understand that the earth experiences two equinoxes each year. During the two equinoxes, the earth’s surface is bathed with light evenly throughout, which means that the equinoxes happen at the same time and the same moment everywhere in the world. This transpires when the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line that correlates to the earth’s equator.

The two equinoxes, which take place each year are known as vernal and autumnal equinoxes. The term equinox is derived from a Latin word that means equal night and is the reason why the northern and southern hemispheres experience different seasons at different times.

A few interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox:

It usually occurs on the same day
The autumnal equinox takes place every year on September 22nd, 23rd or 24th. In 1931, the autumnal equinox fell on September 24 because of a rare occurrence in the Gregorian calendar that pushed the Equinox back a day. This year, the fall equinox 2017 will take place on September 22.

Autumnal equinox celebration
Cultures all over the world have been taking part in Autumnal equinox celebrations for years. One noteworthy Autumnal equinox celebration takes place at the ancient Mayan step pyramid in El Castillo, Mexico. When the Autumn and spring equinoxes occur, the sunlight produces a mysterious snake-like shape that appears to slither along the length of the steep staircase. Thousands gather each year at the step to witness this amazing event.

Equinox and solstice are different
The Equinox is derived from Latin words “aequus” and “nox”, which means equal night while the term solstice is derived from two Latin words sol and sistere, which means that the sun reached a stand. As such, the summer and winter solstice refers to the day of the year that experiences the longest period of daylight (around June 21) while the winter solstice experiences the shortest period of sunlight.

You may have noticed by now that the nights are much longer now that the month of September has begun, and that the sun has been sinking earlier than usual. In the northern hemisphere, the changes point to the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This year the fall equinox is scheduled to arrive on September 22, 2017 to signal the start of autumn for countries located in the northern half of the world.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

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Sep 6th 2017

Writing Tips and Citation Facts


Guest post written by Dominic Lester on September 6, 2017 

Writing an article might look like an Achilles heel, but indeed, it is not. It only requires a set of guidance and some tips to follow. Some writer keeps a focus on composing such an article, which is fully loaded with complex information. However, an over-complicated article lacks readability. Hence, the concept of a successful article is that it should contain a well-researched piece of information, but should also contain such terminologies or concept, which is easy-to-comprehend. Your article should be well organized and well formatted.
In this blog, I have summarized some major tips to guide you write a compelling and useful article. Read on and treat yourself with fruitful information.

Stick to Your Topic
When beginning with the article you should focus on the subject of your topic. Do not add irrelevant information in your content. Try to stick to the topic. Do research and jot down the major points. It is best to consult most reliable sources for extracting information.

Create a Draft
To end up composing a well-organized article the secret is to create a draft of your work. In that draft, organize your material using bullets, paragraphs, and pointers.

Your article should have four fundamental sections:
• Introduction
• Main body
• Conclusion
• Citation
Moreover, each part should be written according to their requirements.

Add Relevant Pictures or Videos
Like the most famous saying goes, “A picture worth a thousand words’ the power of adding a simple image is countless. Similarly, you can add compelling videos in it too. Incorporate short and informative videos. If your work discusses certain procedures, then demonstrate them using a video or in a pictorial form. However, remember not to add a cooking video in the middle of a technological article. Be relevant!

Use Writing Fonts
Never get afraid of using different fonts. What people mostly do is they first scan the content. They read major headings. Their eyes skim to catch key elements of the content. Therefore, to feed their curiosity, you can organize your work using various font styles. Use fonts like bold and italic to emphasize particular ideas or to stress a point. If you are about to explain a complicated term or aspect of your information, you can write it using bold fonts to capture attention instantly. Similarly, using italic fonts, you can differentiate between quotation, names of sources and the rest of the text.

Well, subheadings, taglines, and bullets serve to be an important part of the formatting. You must format your article correctly and professionally to make sure that it delivers the right information in the right way. Incorporate sub headings in it. Subheadings actually rock. Break down your content add interactive headings and taglines. In each subheading, you can go as long as 6-7 lines or as short as 3-4 lines. If you want your readers to continue moving forward with your writings, you need to put in some extra efforts in organizing your work.

Do Not Add False Content
Say no to the use of filler content. Be precise and genuine. Do not fool your audience. A single information is available on multiple platforms, so one cannot just simply add irrelevant information and plan to succeed. You will fall flat if you do so. Hence, be real and authentic. Pick information from such sources, which are reliable. Be sure about every single word or phrase you write. Do not blindly trust resources. Check for yourself and do extensive research on areas, which are unclear.

Add Readability
Readers nowadays act like a moth to a flame. They want the content to be scannable and readable. Therefore, you should focus on some key elements to save yourself from fluttering on the ground with broken wings and ending up in the cat’s tummy. Write according to the plot you created. The first thing to remember is listing down important features. Organize your information dividing it into categories. Every area should talk about the particular aspect of information. Some of the aspects should have detailed explanation while the other should be written precisely. Present your article in a way that it compels a reader to go through the entire content. One should enjoy reading it rather than passing the time skimming it frivolously.

Do Citation, Add Authenticity
Authenticity matters to most readers. Therefore, you should add the citation at the end of your article. Citation is the process of adding references to the material present in your content. It adds credibility to a document.

Why Cite?
By doing the citation, you gave an opportunity to your reader to consult the main source for having detailed information and you make your document trustable.
The citation will highlight the level of research you did on your subject. Moreover, it will make you able to justify your ideas and quoted concepts.

When to Cite?
The citation is mostly used when a writer uses quotations, incorporate ideas that were put forward by some other authors, decides to paraphrase a piece of content, or directly refer to somebody’s work.

The most important part of writing an article is revising its content to eliminate any mistake. To make your document error-free you can seek help from an advanced grammar tool- Ginger software. Go through the content twice and scrutinize every single mistake.

Wrapping Up
When you find yourself bogged up with technical and tedious looking article, you should blend these tips to format your work according to the requirement of modern search engines. Add a friendly reminder while drawing towards the end. In the conclusion, do not forget to add important parts of your research. Give them a summary, while providing them with a helpful advice or suggestion. Be interactive and friendly. For citing your sources, you can use an Oxford citation generator for more authentic results. Moreover, keep in mind these basic six formulas to mark your presence on every modern browser and to be able to receive maximum traffic. See how your little piece of brilliance will do wonders with the formatting tips mentioned above.

Dominic Lester is a Master’s degree holder in the University of the Westminster. He is a professional blogger and article writer who loves to write on different niches, especially the English as a language. He also provides his writing services to the academic writing companies which give essay help to those students who struggle with writing their own assignments.


Sep 5th 2017

How to Help With Homework


Written by Malki Ehrlich on September 5th, 2017

The issue of helping your kids or a classmate with their homework is a topic that has raised a lot of questions within educational institutions. With lots of parents of the opinion that helping children do assignment is not a problem, educators sometimes feel it is wrong because this kind of help could interfere with the children’s natural and essential learning process.

So, what is the purpose of homework assignments?
Homework is usually given to students at every level to test their comprehension of the material that has been taught in class. Helping students do assignments can be one way of understanding their level of performance in the classroom.

How to help younger students?
Introduction and careful monitoring of the homework routine should be a top priority among parents. Children whose assignments are mostly handled by their parents, tend to be overly dependent and non-responsive during classes.

The best way to help a child or student is to assist them with ideas while they are doing their assignments. Take, for example, a child in kindergarten or preschool who is learning about fruits and vegetables. As an adult, instead of giving them the answers, you can assist him/her with diagrams of the fruits and vegetables to aid his/her learning ability.

Another way to assist your kids without literally going out of your way to do the assignment for them is by creating a study plan for your younger ones. The study plan may be structured to have a specific time for reading or going over the study material, revision, and perhaps a practice quiz.

How to help a fellow classmate?
The key for a student helping a fellow student is to complement each other’s strengths. You can organize a study group to discuss in advance the next assignment with a couple of fellow classmates. By doing this, it can help you all study or prepare ahead of the class as well as practice several examples relating to that specific coursework.

You can strengthen your own comprehension of the material by assisting your classmates improve their understanding of the homework assignments by explaining certain concepts rather than doing it for them. Start by asking “Was there a particular part of the task you struggled with?” This tactic will also reduce the number of classmates who will come to you for simple answers if they know that your help entails that they work on this task by themselves!

No matter how you do it, helping each other is a great way to learn and enrich each other’s learning experience as long as the help is really that – just help – and not doing someone’s work for them. Statistics have shown that too much external assistance in solving a student’s homework is likely to bring down test scores because it diminishes the student’s ability to solve problems independently.

So while there may be no concrete answer to this long-standing debate, it is of great importance that we understand that helping with homework should be more of a guidance on how to rather than wholly handling the assignment.

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Aug 23rd 2017

Simon Game on Ginger Keyboard for Android

Simon Game

News Flash!!

The good and trusty Simon Game is now on Ginger Keyboard for Android.

What is this Simon game all about?!
Simon is an electronic game of memory skill. The game creates a succession of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the series.

How to play Simon on your Ginger keyboard?
1. Go to the game area within Ginger’s keyboard:

Simon Game

2. Press on the Simon Game

3. Follow the patterns of lights and sounds for as long as you can.

4. See how far you can stretch your memory.

5. Have Fun!

The Ginger Software Team




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Aug 22nd 2017

Guidelines to Freelance Writing


Guest post written by Ivan Hamlin on August 22, 2017

To embark on a journey where you can go full time with your freelance writing is no easy task. The road will be riddled with obstacles of all sorts. You will have to face financial limitations as opposed when you were employed full time in a company and had a constant income stream with occasional bonuses and raises as a result of yearly evaluations.

Secondly, when you will pitch this idea to your friends and family, they will laugh and it will make you look an idiot in front of them. They will call you stupid for even thinking like that. You will ask yourself, “how will I pay my bills?” etc. The struggle will be real. But there is nothing impossible once you set your eyes on it and if your mission is clear.

These guidelines can help you successfully transition from being a full-time office employee to a full-time freelance writer:

Research should be thorough

Now that you have decided that you want to make a career out of freelancing, your research should be no short of thorough. You cannot jump off a cliff without knowing where you will land. If there are rocks down below you will probably not jump (unless of course if you want to kill yourself intentionally) but if there is some safety net below or an arrangement to break your fall midway which will minimize the damage, you might want to take that plunge.

Similarly, with freelancing your research ought to be top notch. If it is academic writing, dig as much information about the field of writing as you can. If you already have been doing freelancing on the sides, it will be perhaps easier for you to make the switch as you can always ask your clients to provide you with referrals.

If you are a beginner, you may want to learn and ask people around you who have successfully made the switch to full time writing as a freelancer. Learn from them and read about the common mistakes freelancers make during this time, on their way to going full time. Practice the writing process from its pitch to publication.

Start Small

It is not necessary just because you have gone against the norms or tide that you start heavy. The ideal way to go about this as it will take time, start small. But even before that, you must ask the following questions:

Have I got enough that will get me by for few months financially? You should at least have six months of saving so that if the things were to go awry, you have a cushion to fall back on.

Do I have what it takes to account for my taxes, insurance and other fringe benefits that my employer used to take care of? It will be now your responsibility and in addition, utility costs usually increase in working from home.

All in all, do I have the budget to survive? Even after this, you feel nervous and worried, it is perhaps wise to squeeze freelance in alongside your job routine. But remember fear will always hold you back. Thus, when you start, start small so as to minimize the damages (if it comes to that). There are people who start earning almost immediately, but such examples are few and far.

Starting small time means that you get to be your first client. Is your blog outstanding? Are your copywriting skills top notch? If the answer is yes, look for work among your self-employed friends and family. Figure out if they are in assistance of your skills. For beginners, it is a great way to hone their skills and build a portfolio.

Create a website

While you are making this transition, develop a website of your own or ask a professional to do it for you and showcase your portfolio on the site. By means of personal branding like this, you can attract a lot of returning and potential clients.

Set targets and start pitching

Write down your target on how much wish to earn on a monthly basis or on a fortnightly basis, for that matter. Writing goals, as well as ideas down, have a higher percentage of being realized. When you have written down your targets, start by writing the names of your potential clients that you may be interested in working with.

It is not necessary that these names are big ones nor is it essential to only seek clients with high payouts. Draw another column, but this time write down the names of the big publications such as the NY Times or Vox. These names are who you will be interested in writing for one day. This exercise can prove to be really helpful in pitching.

When you have prepared the list, now start developing pitches to prospective clients that you think are likely to hire you. But you cannot simply make the same pitch everywhere or on each site. You have to read the policy of that website before approaching them with a pitch. Different sites have different criteria.

Moreover, pitching to the client, adhere to the guidelines strictly. If the editor of the site wants you to provide him with your resume or an overview of yourself as in why should you be hired in two paragraphs, make sure you abide by these rules when making the pitch.

Don’t lose heart if you are rejected. Rejection can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a paying job. You will notice by setting targets and approaching the client in true letter and spirit, for every five pitches you send one will get accepted (in the beginning).

Find a mentor

Having a seasoned freelancer by your side will get you through this transition of going full time relatively comfortably than when you are sailing alone. It is because his words will be there to calm you and his insights will uplift your mood.

Therefore, learn to network, join freelance forums or groups and participate. It is possible, you may find an expert early on or later down the road, but nothing beats the advice and support from a mentor especially when you are treading in new waters.

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