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Summer’s not over yet! So let’s use the remaining weeks before classes start to do some cool and easy preparation that will make your return to school go much more smoothly.
In our last post, we shared some general tips about how to use the applications in WPS Office - Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation - to perform common basic school-related functions like note-taking, budgeting, and creating presentations. Now let’s kick it up a notch to see how WPS Office can be an invaluable tool to help you complete some specific summer-related assignments.
Summer Vacation Essay
It wouldn’t be “back to school” if the new academic year didn’t kick off with this classic assignment: the “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay! You can get a jumpstart on this one by continuing to practice using the Writer application in WPS Office. The more you can learn about how to open, edit, and save your documents using the tool, the better prepared you’ll be when your instructor assigns you the summer vacation essay or any other topic.
One thing to keep in mind as you prepare to create a file for your essay is that Writer supports practically every type of document you can think of, including .DOC, .DOCX, .TXT, .HTM, .DOT, AND .DOTX. It’s also completely compatible with Microsoft Word. What all of this alphabet soup means is that you are free to open and edit documents and save them directly from WPS Office. You can also safely share them with others who use these various file types, knowing the recipients will be able to open and read them without problems.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with file creation on Writer, take a spin through the app’s extensive range of tools that you can use to easily edit and format your essay. Since this is just a practice file, you can experiment with any of the formatting tools you’d like. Try out different fonts and colors, as well as the various options for column and paragraph styling. For extra credit, you can even jazz up your essay by inserting photos from your summer or creating a pie chart that shows how you spent your time!
In addition to your summer vacation, no summer would be complete without the requisite summer job! In addition to the valuable work experience gained, one of the best parts about working when it’s hot outside is the income that it affords you for your school supplies and other necessities, as well as for some extra pocket money.
But before you can spend that money responsibly, you need to know how much you made over the summer. Spreadsheets from WPS Office isn’t just a budgeting tool. You can also use the application to quickly and easily calculate how much you earned from your summer job.
Simply open a new spreadsheet and enter an adding formula as explained in Part 2 of our Spreadsheet budgeting series, Keys to Your College Budget. Once you’ve entered this mathematical formula into your spreadsheet, you’ll be able to indicate the data set to which it should apply—in this case, that will be each paycheck of your summer earnings. With this information entered, the application will automatically calculate the total amount of money you made.
For the pièce de résistance of your end-of-summer practice on WPS Office, why not show off the highlights of your summer fun to your friends and classmates using Presentation? This specific assignment will give you a chance to build on the skills that you started to develop based on our last post. So far, you’ve started to explore some of the app’s basic functionality, familiarizing yourself with its panoply of formatting tools and keyboard shortcuts. But now, let’s pull it all together to create your first presentation.
To keep things simple, you can choose from among the dozens of ready-made templates that come with the app—choose a visual theme that reflects the spirit of your summer! You can also try out some of the program’s built-in slide styles and other extras like WordArt text effects, which allow you to speedily add special effects to make your text stand out. (It’s as simple as going to the Insert tab, choosing a WordArt style from the WordArt gallery, and then customizing to your preference.)
Last but not least, once you’ve gotten your feet wet with the app, you can try some advanced animation features. Under the Custom Animation tab, you’ll see a dropdown menu to Add Effects, as well as the ability to modify images by growing or shrinking them. You can also experiment with slide transitions and test out inserting different types of multimedia into your show. Choose a special summertime video clip from your iPhone or photos taken over summer break and add those into your presentation. You can even add audio of your voice talking about your summer, or wow your audience with Flash effects!
In our next post, we’ll show you how you can use WPS Office to help you with some structural preparation to complete school assignments as you move closer to your first day of classes. Stay tuned to learn how to develop a template that follows your classes’ required style guides, as well as formatting techniques for citations in your essays and research papers.
For more tips, guides, and information on using WPS Office, please visit our Online Knowledge Base.