I failed the quiz or application, but I’d like to develop my skills. What resources do you recommend?

Our quality manager Samantha recommends the online editing certificate offered by Poynter ACES, which focuses on the fundamentals of editing. This course is particularly useful for new editors who want to start an editing career. It offers a language primer focusing on the fundamentals of grammar and composition, as well as courses on how to make writing clean and concise, how to edit for clarity, when vs. when not to edit, and how to explain changes as an editor.

Our senior editor Shane recommends Amy Einsohn’s The Copyeditor’s Handbook and Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage as his go-to resources for learning and reinforcing the fundamentals of grammar and editing.

Samantha also recommends Strunk & White’s classic, The Elements of Style, which focuses on what makes strong writing, and Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, an entertaining guide to punctuation.

Scribbr’s Knowledge Base also contains useful articles on academic style.