10 Tools to help your students write better essays
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A guest post by Julie Petersen
Teachers are responsible for helping students to develop crucial skills that will determine their success in the profession they choose. Essay writing, as an important part of the programs for different courses, is a very important practice that develops students’ ability to think, express their opinions, and persuade other people with sound arguments.
It’s not easy for you to make the students realize how important the papers are. They perceive them as unnecessary assignments that always consume more time than initially planned. In addition, most of them are not able to express their thoughts clearly, so they have a hard time to meet your expectations and get good grades on the essays they write.
How do you inspire students to practice more and develop their academic writing skills? Educators around the world are relying on several tools that help them make the research and writing process less overwhelming. In the continuation, you will find a list of 10 tools that will help you on the mission to turn your students into better writers.
Kathy Livingston’s site is a valuable source of information for education, homeschooling, and social issues. The Guide to Writing a Basic Essay is a good place for your students to start building their foundational skills in academic writing. On this page, you will find links to several writing, grammar, bibliography, and editing resources.
You can explore the page to find recommendations on how to teach essay writing, but you can also suggest it to your students, since it will answer most questions they have about the process.
Writing.com is the place where writers and students go to whenever they need advice. The best way to use this site as a teaching resource is to recommend your students to enter contests. Don’t make them feel pressured by any expectations; simply explain that this is a fun activity that won’t affect their grade, but make sure they all write an essay for the site.
Since this is mainly a community of writers, its members can display their work in front of an audience that’s actually willing to read it and offer constructive feedback.
In order to show your students that essays can be fun and resourceful at the same time, you need to find good samples that will present the art of academic writing in its best light. At this website, you will find great college essays written by talented students. You can choose to browse through all college essays, or narrow down the options to top voted, most discussed, editor’s choice, and essays printed in the magazine.
If your students cannot reach you when they encounter difficulties while working on the papers, this is the website where they can find answers. EssayForum offers free writing, editing, and research help for students at different levels.
Encourage your students to take part in the discussions, which will help them learn from other members and contribute to the community with their own skills and knowledge.
This is a writing service that offers assistance throughout all stages of the process. In addition to professional help by talented writers, the company also offers free tips in the blog section. Make sure to recommend this blog to your class; it offers valuable resources and guides on academic writing, as well as samples and fun essay contests.
The glossary of essay writing terms and the free essay writing guide will help you improve your own approach as a teacher who is trying to make academic assignments less scary.
This interactive online tutorial provides in-depth support for students who want to improve their essay writing skills. Since you couldn’t possibly give enough personal attention to each and every student, you can fit this tool into the program and help your students understand the process by working on pre-set prompts.
The interactive exercises guide the users through the stages of pre-writing, organizing, writing, editing, and publishing.
This tool helps its users to get through the most challenging aspect of academic writing: the development of a strong thesis statement. Your students can see example topic questions and thesis statements, but they can also use the tool to generate an outline for the paper.
The short form requires information about the topic and planned arguments, so the automatic tool will generate a thesis statement based on that data.
This is the ultimate editing tool your students should rely on. Hemingway Editor will help them improve the readability of their papers by highlighting sentences that are hard to read, as well as complex words and phrases that can be made simpler. In addition, the tool warns your students about passive voice and confusing adverb usage.
RefME stands for Referencing, MadeEasy. This is a free tool that enables its users to create automatic citations, bibliographies and reference lists. No matter how hard you try to convince your students to pay attention to referencing standards, it’s difficult for them to focus on these detailed rules after all that work they’ve done. Thus, you can suggest this tool that enables them to create properly-formatted references of books, journals, websites, and other sources in any style.
Your students have to pay attention to many details when editing their essays, so it’s easy for them to neglect important aspects. This Essay Writing Checklist will help them bring the papers to perfection before the final submission. The list is focused on the length, spelling, verb and noun usage, pronouns, prepositions, and negations.
Julie Petersen is a young blogger and writer, who features the latest educational and career trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to elearning technologies. You may see her latest publications and contact her via LinkedIn.