28 July 2017

Top 16 Writing Tools and Apps that All Students Need

Why do we have to go to school? Why are we going to high school, college, and university? It’s all about developing the skills we need to succeed in this competitive world. When you think of the skills you need to develop, you’re mostly focused on the ones specific to your profession. We’re often neglecting a universal skill that we all need: writing. 

No matter what your major is, you’ll encounter writing challenges at one point or another. That’s when you’ll start wondering: is there a point? Yes, there is. Through these projects, you’re developing critical thinking and creative writing skills, which will boost your potential for success in any industry. 

How exactly do you get better at writing? We’ll list 16 apps and online tools that can help.

1. Write

This is a note-taking app that’s simple enough to keep you focused, but powerful enough to give you all features you need. The journey to successful writing starts with capturing ideas. You never know when you’ll get the best of them. That’s why you should always have access to this note-taking app. You can use it to write down impressions and ideas, but you can also take notes during a lecture. 

There’s only one way to get better at something: practice. In your free time! This app will inspire you to do that. It gives you interesting prompts to start with. Pick a prompt and don’t think too much. Just let the ideas flow and write a cohesive story. Keep practicing and you’ll notice how you’re getting better by the day.

Before you become a good writer, you have to master all aspects of speech. This is an app that will help you do that. Although the characters are childish, it’s appropriate for students of all ages. If you want to remind yourself of the basic grammar concepts, try it out. When you have a steady foundation of proper grammar and syntax, it will be easier to start writing papers.

No matter how hard you try to complete a project, sometimes you get stuck. In such cases, it’s important to find help at the right place. SuperiorPapers connects you with professional writers. They will analyze the instructions for your paper and help you complete it with success. This experience will make you understand what academic writing is all about.

5. Pages

Do you want to write on the go? A note-taking app won’t be enough. You need a powerful word processor you can use on your phone. Try Pages! 

This app is very useful for foreign students studying in English. When English is not your native language, you have to start from the very basics. Sentence Builder teaches you how to form grammatically correct sentences. 

When you’re about to start learning how to write good content, you can’t write an impressive academic essay right away. You need to start with a challenge that’s not only simpler but more appealing as well. How about a short story? This app inspires you to write short stories based on animated characters.

If you’re really serious about boosting your writing skills, then you’ll need a tool for serious writers. Scrivener is one of the most powerful word processors you could use. If you’re working on a research paper, dissertation, or any other complex project, you need a tool that helps you format it. With Scrivener, you’ll have no trouble organizing long documents.

You feel like you could write something right now, but you don’t know what to write about? Get a daily writing prompt from this app and keep your practice going. It’s important to find prompts that trigger your creativity, and we all know that the ones your teachers think of are usually boring. 

How do you keep your writing free of repetition? How do you find the right words to express an idea? Every student needs a dictionary. This is the era of technology so you can have a complete dictionary on your smartphone. Install this app and use it whenever you’re writing something. Do not try to find the most complicated words that describe a concept. It’s important to create readable content. Use the dictionary whenever you can’t think of the right word, and always choose the simplest options.

Even professional writers can benefit from this app. It’s specifically designed to keep your eyes and mind focused on the process of writing. There are no distractive elements to it, so it motivates you to get more productive. You can use it during all stages of project completion, including note-taking during research, outlining, writing, and editing. 

This is another word processor with the main goal to launch you in a focused environment. If you don’t like Writers App, you can check this one out. The design is minimalist and almost too plain. That’s a good thing. MS Word and Google Drive have more features than you use, so it’s difficult to find the exact one you need at the moment. Clen Writer is way simpler, so it makes the writing process faster. 

Why are you writing papers? Is it for grades? That’s not good enough for motivation. You need to awaken the spark of creativity, which will make you excited about writing. That’s what this app is all about. It serves creative prompts on a daily basis, so you’ll get the trigger you need to practice some writing. The challenge is to beat the fear of a blank page, and the app is pretty successful at helping you overcome it.

14. Popplet

How does the writing process start? An idea. You need that guiding point, which will set the foundation of the stages of research and writing. Brainstorming is always a nice technique to try, but you need the right app for capturing ideas. Try Popplet. It lets you write down and organize ideas so it will be easy to choose the best one for a particular project.

Academic writing is based on research. When you go through too many sources of information before you start writing a project, it’s easy to forget where you got your ideas from. Sometimes you get too inspired by a particular source of information, so you write the same thing without referencing the source. That’s called plagiarism, and you have to eliminate it from your writing. Copyscape will help you identify the unintentional plagiarism in your content. 

Remember how we told you to use simple words to express ideas? During the editing process, you’ll have to make sure the content is readable enough. Hemingway Editor identifies the parts that could be simpler. The tool suggests alternative expressions that will make your writing more powerful. 

There you have it; a list of 16 apps that help students get better at writing. Now that you know what tools to use, it’s time to take some action. How about writing something today? 

Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her blog BestWritingClues Find her on Twitter and Facebook

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