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I have to go to summer school. I'm failing English. I don't get grammar at all and don't know how to improve.


1. I've been teaching English grammar for years, and I wish I could tell you that there's a quick route to perfecting your grammar skills. There is not. Many students come to me frustrated and discouraged because they can't produce the quality of writing which is expected by their teachers or professors. You're not alone.

Here are a few tips and resources that will help you maneuver your way through the rules of English grammar:

1. Read as much as you can.
Read books on interesting topics and magazines with plenty of stories and articles. Read anything written by a professional and pay attention to sentence structure, word usage, and punctuation placement. The more you read, the better you'll understand the dynamics of correct grammar.

2. Pay attention in English class.
Because students often find it boring to study nouns, verbs, commas, and modifiers (and everything else that pertains to the rules of grammar), daydreaming in class is the norm. Do your best to listen to your teacher/professor—listen, take notes, and pay close attention.

3. Practice.
This is a case where practice really does make perfect.

4. Check out these websites:
- http://www.statista.com/topics/1164/social-networks/ ( intro )

- http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp (and sign up for their free grammar e-newsletter)

- http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/grammar-rules-and-tips/11-Rules-of-Grammar.html (click on your grade level button)

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