The 6 Best Writing Tools for Students

The 6 Best Writing Tools for Students

Let’s face it: writing can be challenging - especially when it’s in a second (or third or fourth) language. Even the best writers experience writers block, get stuck writing and re-writing the same sentence, and need help finding just the right words for their situation.

Using the right writing tools can help you create masterpieces. Here are X of our favorites.

Thesaurus

Words have power. A thesaurus, when used correctly, will help you identify stronger word choices than you might be able to come up with on your own. For example, you might describe your hometown as being nestled in a large forest. While this descriptor is fine, the adjectives sprawling or awe-inspiring might be more illuminating. Just be careful to avoid thesaurizing, or substituting simple words with obscure ones to sound smart.

Twords

“The web app that nudges you to write.” To help you stay on top of your writing requirements and habits, Twords tracks how much you write daily and monthly, encouraging you to write frequently. It also provides users with timers, writing prompts, and articles on writing to help those who get stuck.

EasyBib

Tired of research how to properly cite your sources in MLA, APA, or Chicago style? This bibliography generator will do it for you.

Grammarly

Grammarly identifies spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as offers writing suggestions to improve concision, clarity, and tone - all for free. The premium version also provides vocabulary suggestions to improve word choice, offers style improvements, and checks for plagiarism.

Pomodoro Tracker

MindMup

Create unlimited mind maps. This resource is especially helpful for students who despise outlining, as it allows writers to visually plan out their ideas in a format that works for them, and it can be used for any type of writing assignment.