Whether you are still in high school, are just starting out in college, or are currently looking to cinch an undergrad or graduate degree, you have more than a few challenges ahead of you. This is especially true if you feel like your writing skills might be lacking in one way or another.
The good news is that not only are you not alone, there are all kinds of resources out there to help you improve both your writing and your overall academic performance. Here are nine secrets that you can tap into, starting right now, to improve your writing game and nail better grades overall.
- 1 #1 – Your writing is probably better than you think.
- 2 #2 – You have access to help.
- 3 #3 – The Internet is your friend.
- 4 #4 – You can look like a grammar god without being one.
- 5 #5 – Online word processing tools can save your life.
- 6 #6 – Formatting rules can be a huge pain – but they don’t have to be.
- 7 #7 – You can also look like a master wordsmith without being one.
- 8 #8 – You can even get help writing your papers.
- 9 #9 – There’s no shame in needing or looking for help.
#1 – Your writing is probably better than you think.
It is important, first and foremost, to not be overly-critical of your own abilities. If you can compose a complete and coherent sentence on your own, you have all the skills you need to at least squeak a passing grade.
Most teachers and professors grade papers based on several criteria, not the least of which being the student’s ability to simply articulate information in a way that shows they understand the subject. Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect, just understandable and basically correct in terms of sentence structure, grammar, formatting, and syntax.
If that last sentence scared you a little bit, don’t worry. Next up, we’re going to show you some ways to learn these things and verify that you’re getting them right.
#2 – You have access to help.
Most schools, colleges, and universities have tons of resources to help students improve in every area of academics. Ask your guidance counselor or academic advisor about computer-based training modules, peer assistants, and tutors. Many graduate-level education majors offer tutoring services at low or no cost and your academic advisor should be able to put you in touch with one or more that can help you improve your writing skills.
You also have access to a seemingly endless library of online supports that are not affiliated with your school. That brings us to the next big secret…
#3 – The Internet is your friend.
It may seem a bit obvious, but the Internet is a treasure trove of websites, applications, and real-time services that can get you some good writing help or help in any area of academics. There are online resources for everything from learning proper use of grammar to proofreading and editing services, even resource that can give you valuable guidance help on how to build an essay or term paper from the ground up.
#4 – You can look like a grammar god without being one.
As mentioned, there is a huge cache of online resources that can teach you how to be a better writer and services that cater to every possible way that people learn. Need help understanding the rules of grammar? There’s an app for that – plenty, in fact. A simple web search will reveal apps and browser plugins that can proofread existing documents or provide help and advice as you write.
#5 – Online word processing tools can save your life.
Web-based word processing solutions offer a number of benefits. Some are a great one-stop shop for all things grammar and syntax. They also have the benefit of auto-saving every version of your documents so there is never any danger of accidental deletions. You can set most online word processors to back up in intervals that can range from every hour to ever 30 seconds. The latter is your best option.
#6 – Formatting rules can be a huge pain – but they don’t have to be.
Need clarification on how to present footnotes, endnotes or citations in a term paper? There are apps that can help you format paragraphs, pages, footnotes and works cited that comply with any term paper standard. Don’t understand what Turabian or Chicago-style formatting means? Just plug the term onto a web search. There are resources that will help you set up your paper manually or do it for you automatically. Fewer errors mean better grades.
#7 – You can also look like a master wordsmith without being one.
Not sure you’re using the best words in a given sentence or overusing the same words and phrases? There are several highly respected tools out there that can suggest synonyms or phrasing that can really sharpen the impact of your message. A web search for top editing apps will steer you in the right direction.
#8 – You can even get help writing your papers.
There are sites out there that will provide term paper and writing help right down to recommending the best ways to express ideas. They can even work up a rough draft based on your existing notes and outlines that you can then tweak and edit that draft to meet the requirements of the piece and add your own personal style or approach.
#9 – There’s no shame in needing or looking for help.
Most students are not genius writers and good teachers and profs understand this. Use the tools at your disposal and commit to getting better. Over time, you will find you rely less on the supports and can rock your assignments on your own.
We hope the above advice gives you the confidence you need to get some help with your writing if you need it. The best students are the ones that recognize their limitations and take proactive steps to improve. Commit to that and the rest will fall right into place for you. Good luck!