In June 2015 I applied for Fulbright Student program to do MA degree in the USA. Some of my good friends helped me to put my essays together and come up with a great written work at the end. As a result I was short-listed as a semi-finalist and invited for a face-to-face interview.
Unfortunately, I did not pass the interview.
Later in September 2015 I applied for another scholarship program. I was once again shortlisted and invited to a face-to-face interview. I am waiting for my results these days. In case, I don’t pass this time, there is almost nothing that can stop me. I will keep writing essays and applying for scholarship programs as much as I want.
Well, you see … whenever I am writing anything these days I am using some amazing online tools to improve my writing and making sure whatever I write is of high quality.
Sounds exciting? Let’s explore these tools one by one and see how you can easily improve your own writing too.
Just one thing I should say before we start. First two tools also offer paid premium memberships and you should not be surprised to see that. You know it is all like a business. You want to get some benefits? You should be prepared to make small investments.
If you say you never make mistakes, I bet you are lying. We all make mistakes especially typo mistakes.
See this example of typo mistake seen on Forbes website.
TOOL # 1: Grammarly
This tool is super easy to use. To get started, just open a free account and copy, paste your essay or any text that you have. Grammarly shows what mistakes you have and offers the best possible solution. Another reason why I love Grammarly is that I can use it whenever I write emails, articles, Facebook updates, and even Microsoft texts. As a result, my writing is always free from grammar, spelling and even punctuation mistakes.
Lastly, I don’t use this feature myself but I would use it if I were a university lecturer. So if you teach at a university and want to be sure your students write their essays themselves without downloading them from the Internet, go Premium. When you sign up for Premium membership, Grammarly also checks your students’ essays against plagiarism using more than 8 million web pages.
TOOL # 2: ProWritingAid
If you want to make your writing super easy to understand and plus find your own embarrassing errors, we recommend you to check out ProWritingAid which helps you improve the readability of your own writing. Have you ever been in a situation where you write an essay, coursework, diploma work or any kind of assignment and your tutor or friend says “What do you mean by ...?” or “What did you want to say here? I can’t understand. Can you explain?”
Well, this happens because you use too many passive voice sentences, adverbs, glue words, vague, abstract and complex words. When I was a student I used to rewrite my own essays at least 100 times before coming up with the final paper. If only we had ProWritingAid at that time.
TOOL# 3: Hemingway App
Another great and FREE tool is Hemingway App. One thing I love about this tool is its simplicity. There is no need to register to enjoy the editing benefits it offers. Just copy and paste your text and that’s it. You will see your results right away. Hemingway app makes your writing bold and clear. It is like a spellchecker but for style.
It helps you make your writing super easy to understand by showing you which of your sentences are too long, complex and hard to understand. It suggests you to split your sentences into two and asks you to remove unnecessary words.
If you expreince any problems while using Grammarly and/or ProWritingAid and wish to submit a feedback or complaint, please use our contact us form.
about the author
My name is Akmal. I’m an English language enthusiast, blogger, writer and entrepreneur. If this article was super easy for you to read and understand, you must thank Grammarly, ProWritingAid and Hemingway App.