How to write multiple choice exam questions: secret tips from an expert

Have you ever wondered who writes those pesky exam questions set to trip you up? And HOW they go about doing it? I asked multiple choice exam question expert Michael Lindsey to let us into some of his secrets…pay attention now: you may be asked questions later…here’s Michael.

Writing exam questions: it’s a question of getting it right

How to write multiple choice exam questions: secret tips from an expert

Over the years the humble multiple choice exam question has come in for a bit of criticism.

“And what do you do for a living?”

This is the sort of question people ask at social occasions. A perfectly legitimate ice breaker, but one that kind of fills me with dread. [Continue reading]

Why “conversate” makes me expectorate…

You gorgeous Americans delight in creating new words in the English language and much as I love most, the verb “conversate” is not one of them. So strongly does this word make me want to spit (or to be pretentious, “expectorate”) that I have written a short poem about it… Enjoy.

Why "conversate" makes me expectorate...

Why converse, when conversate says just the same, but longer?

Altogether, now: time to spew…

Let’s conversate

Conversation is an art
That brainy people follow
But brainy types need far more hypes [Continue reading]

How to write formally without sending readers to sleep


While capering about writing light-heartedly for social media, blogs, etc. it's easy to forget than we often have to buckle down and write formally for a report, business letter or other serious document. Thankfully nowadays such writing does not … [Continue reading]

Social media: why you should advise, not adVERTise


Have you ever been guilty of confusing social media with free advertising? This guy's what he posted in the discussion thread of a locality group on one of the very large social media platforms... Hi there everybody. I just wanted to … [Continue reading]

A poem for the hostess with the most-ess … who’s feeling atrocious


No matter how fantastic your party was, this poem in our humour section shares how - once everyone's gone home - you just need to let it all hang out. Yes, everything. Here's how.. After the guests leave Well, that was fun, now! Wasn’t it … [Continue reading]

Children’s books? Sooo hard to get a publisher. But wait – there’s hope


Hundreds if not thousands of people have great ideas for children's books and many of them are absolutely brilliant. Trouble is, there is so much good stuff around that in the first instance, children's book publishers AND relevant literary agents … [Continue reading]