For most high school and college students, writing essays and term papers are among the least favorite of their academic responsibilities. If that describes you, we’re guessing it’s due to one or more of a few common reasons.
Maybe you don’t think you’re a good writer. Maybe you don’t like doing research. Maybe you never get assigned subjects that appeal to you. Whatever your reason, it’s important to know that you have numerous sources from which you can get help.
Whether you’re suffering from a case of writer’s block or need an objective eye to edit or make suggestions on how to improve your paper, we think it’s important that you know and understand your options. Here are just a few.
#1 – Online Editing and Grammar Apps
There are numerous sites that will allow you to dump the text of an entire paper, regardless of its length, into a text editor and have it analyzed for things like spelling, grammar, repeated words and phrases, and much more. Best of all, the vast majority of these resources are free and the ones that aren’t typically provide enough free features to get at least an overview of how good your writing is in general.
#2 – Online Dictionaries and Thesauri
Not sure if you’re using the right word in the context of a sentence, paragraph, or topic? Run that word through an online dictionary and read through all available definitions. If it doesn’t mean what you think it means, finds a simpler word that conveys the same message and runs it through a thesaurus. You will likely discover enough options to maintain a more readable flow to your paper and even help expand your vocabulary in the process!
#3 – Beta Readers and Editors
Sometimes, the second set of eyes can uncover problems with your paper that you would never spot on your own. There are numerous online resources that list providers who will read and critique your work free of charge. Actual editing usually costs something, but there are plenty of people – mostly former educators or education majors doing externships or for-credit projects for their schools – who will gladly read your work and offer some friendly constructive criticism.
#4 – Outline and Thesis Generators
Another online tool that most people either don’t know about or just don’t think to look for is an outline or thesis generator. In most cases, all you have to do is present a topic and the system will generate a selection of thesis statements and/or full outlines that you can use to organize and write your paper. Don’t use a thesis statement you find online verbatim. Always rewrite it in your own words or your paper could get flagged for plagiarism.
#5 – Essay Writing Services
This is a touchy area for both teachers and students alike. To some, having someone else write your essay could be considered cheating, but if you use a writing service as a learning tool, it really isn’t.
If you have a hard time articulating ideas in writing, a qualitative essay helper can be just what you need to help you develop a deeper understanding of the subject and the writing process in general. There’s no rule that says you can’t take that essay apart and rewrite it from your perspective.
Sooner or later, we all need a little help with our academics. Writing papers is a glowing example of how. All of the above suggestions can help you to develop better writing skills so don’t let them pass you by. Get the help you need and get the grade you deserve.