Writing essays is probably the most stressful things about university. Creating a bibliography, proof reading your 3000 word essay again and again to make sure there aren’t any grammatical errors and other tasks like this take up a considerable amount of your time. Fortunately, there are a few tools out there that make the process of submitting a great essay much easier, and I’m going to introduce you to 3.
This tool comes in form of both a website and a mobile app. This service enables you to automate the whole referencing process instead of checking your guide time and time again. You can search by book/journal article title, DOI, ISBN, ISSN or simply copy and paste any website URL to create a reference in seconds. They also allow you to reference in over 6,500 styles including Harvard, APA and MLA. You can scan barcodes of books to make the process even quicker and then export any references from the site into your word processor of choice in about 3 clicks. The best thing is, both the webpage and app services are completely free; you can try it out today and you have nothing to lose.
Ginger is a great service that can either be used as a browser plugin or an app on your mobile device. I personally haven’t used the mobile app so I can’t speak on that. I can speak on the usefulness and the advantages of the Google chrome plug-in though. This plug-in allows you to copy and paste your essay into a pop up box, it then highlights all your grammatical errors in blue and when you place your cursor over these highlighted sections, it provides a few suggestions. The service isn’t perfect however, so you should still read through your work at least once whilst using this tool, but it does make the process much less time consuming. For the most part, Ginger is free. However, the plugin gives you a limited amount of corrections per week when you are writing within your browser (e.g writing a status on Facebook or something) unless you upgrade to premium. This doesn’t affect the amount of corrections you get when you copy and paste your essay into the pop up box as far as I can tell though.
To be honest, this is a bonus tool, that means I haven’t actually used it, but I researched it specifically for this post. From what I can see on the website, this tool allows you to create a very elegant to do list that synchronises with your phone and computer. It also integrates into your browser, email and a variety of different platforms. This is also a free tool, so try it out! Up until now, I’ve been using the ‘notes’ feature on my phone and mac to create my do lists, but whatever service you choose to use to create your own, it’s important that you create one! It allows you to be so much more productive, trust me.
I hope these suggestions helped you out and has made your writing process easier or at the least, less time consuming. Holla at me on Twitter and let me know.
If you need any additional tips, check out this article I wrote on completing uni assignments efficiently .
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