8 Tools That Will Make College Writing a Piece of Cake

Writing is an essential part of the college experience. Many students might find it time-consuming, with all the proofreading and editing involved. Luckily, several helpful tools will make this process easier and faster. After all, no one is born a good writer; it is a skill everyone learns, so you can get better at it.

Of course, none of these tools will do the writing for you. If you want someone to take care of assignments, you can always ask EssayHelp for assistance. In other cases, the tools below can make your college life much more convenient.

Grammarly

This is one of the best proofreading tools out there. With it, proofreading your essays or research papers will be a breeze. It is available both for free and as a subscription-based premium option. 

You can download it as a Microsoft Word add-in, separate desktop tool, or as a Google Chrome plugin. Grammarly helps to eliminate any grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistakes. It also rates the whole text and highlights any tautology or expressions that have simpler versions. Overall, it is an amazing software that can save a lot of time.

Hemingway Editor

This is an online completely free tool that helps to make any text more readable. You can copy-paste your writing there and get a score of how easy to follow it is. If you tend to use complicated constructions, this editor is perfect for you. 

The good score is 9 and lower. It also shows the overall word count and highlights all the parts of the text that can be improved. For example, it highlights passive voice, unnecessary adverbs, and hard to read sentences.

Thesaurus

This is a very helpful website for those who want to enrich their vocabulary. Overall, it works as a perfect online dictionary. If you are looking for a synonym of a particular word, type it in, and get lots of results. 

They are divided by color into the direct synonyms and more distant options. You can also find similar words according to the nouns, verbs, or adjectives.

Google Docs

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but many students miss out on several specific benefits of this tool. First of all, it is completely free to use and allows collaboration on documents. So if you are working on a group project, it is an excellent choice.

Secondly, it has several templates for various types of documents that make editing faster. Thirdly, it has a voice typing feature. It is a fascinating helper for those, who want to be done with their texts faster. 

We speak faster than we type and voice recognition is a great assistant. After that, you’ll just need to edit a bit and your text is ready to go.

One Look

If you want to have all the dictionaries in one place, this website is exactly what you need. It is a very useful and simple tool that searches the word through a variety of dictionaries. 

For example, you can find tons of different definitions with sources and usage examples. There is another beneficial feature – “related words”. One can search by keyword or phrase related terms and words to make their writing more advanced and professional.

Google Scholar

To put it simply, this is an academic search engine that helps tremendously with research. The main feature, of course, is to show only peer-reviewed and scholarly sources for any inquiry. 

So if you are looking for academic publishing, you need to use it. Many learners do not know about another fascinating functionality of this tool. Under each search result, there is a quotation sign and if you click on it, you’ll get an already formed reference for your paper. 

They are available in MLA, APA, and Chicago. This is an excellent way to make your references perfect without any effort.

Bubbl.us

This tool is designed for easy mind mapping. It is better to use it before you start writing. The main goal is to generate and organize all the ideas on the subjects. It helps to be more logical in your writing. 

It also allows finding the most powerful arguments among the ones you have. In general, it is a very good exercise for idea flow and making sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Word Counter

It is a very simple and straightforward tool that counts the number of words. If you, for some reason, do not use Word Document or cannot count the symbols for sure – this site will save you. It also shows whether the text is not too long for Facebook, Twitter, or Google, if you need this info. There is also a spell check function, too.

In Summary

Writing doesn’t have to be dull and tiring. These solutions will make it fun and fast for you. Now you can edit, proofread, and reference with ease. 

The dictionaries will help in enriching your vocabulary and making writing more sophisticated. In general, it is always great to benefit from technology and new ways of studying.

WOLFGANG VAN HALEN RELEASES FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC FROM HIS SOLO BAND MAMMOTH

The Video for the Debut Single “Distance” – A Tribute to His Father and Guitar Icon Eddie Van Halen – Can Be Seen Here: https://youtu.be/HI3aPJkZmNU

https://found.ee/MammothWVH

Proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Everybody has a name they are born with. Having one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, Wolfgang Van Halen has been preparing to release music from his solo band Mammoth WVH for some time. That plan was altered when his father and guitar icon Eddie Van Halen called him and told him his cancer had returned. Wolfgang decided to put everything on hold to be with his father through his battle. During that time, Wolfgang was writing material for his upcoming solo album (available via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records in 2021) for which the first single “Distance” would be born. The song is available via all digital service providers here: https://found.ee/MammothWVH.

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life,” explains Wolfgang Van Halen. 

Writing the song and performing all of the instrumentation and vocals for Mammoth WVH, “Distance” is an open letter to his father – one Wolfgang was fortunate to play for his dad and would become a favorite of Eddie’s – declaring “no matter what the distance is, I will be with you.” The video for the song is created from a collection of family home movies through the years and offers an inside look in to one of music’s most notable personalities. Chronicling the family through the years, the video ends with a touching voicemail left from Eddie to his son. The video for “Distance” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/HI3aPJkZmNU

“I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”

An organization that is very close to the Van Halen family is the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Eddie was very supportive of the organization via numerous donations throughout his lifetime. Following in his father’s footsteps in another way, Wolfgang is donating his portion of all proceeds from “Distance” to the foundation. 

“Our connection with Eddie grew out of his generous nature, his delight in seeing kids learn and play music, and ultimately understanding what’s important in life. Eddie lived out loud through his music, and I believe that he wanted to see that kind of expression ignite in the students. Music saved him and he loved giving back through what we do for kids through the power of music. Thank you, Eddie. We’ll never forget you.” – Felice Mancini, the President and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn