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Essential Academic Writing Toolkit for Educators to Engage College Students

Starting college is a big step for most students, and it takes some while to adjust. As you can imagine, there will always be some students that that won't, or can't, engage with your material. if yours are struggling to get to grips with their work, you can recommend one or all of the following resources to them.

1. Boomessays: Writing an essay can be tough if you have no idea where to start. This website can give your students some pointers when they need it the most. All they have to do is log on and search for their essay topic. There are plenty of sample essays on this blog that can help them start formulating ideas for their own writing.

2. Harvard College Writing Center: If a student has a particular question about an essay they're writing, it may well be answered here. It covers broad issues like essay structure and developing a thesis, as well as more nuanced techniques such as counter arguments and transitioning. It's a good pit stop for a student to make if they've heard a technique in class that they don't quite understand.

3. Cambridge Rindge And Latin School Outline Maker: Students who struggle to separate out their topics in essays can get a lot out of this tool. It asks the writer to fill in forms for each point they want to make when they're writing. It helps them organise their thoughts and put together a usable plan for their essay. Their writing is much clearer after trying this.

4. Essay Map: Students who are more visual learners love this tool. They plan their essays by answering simple questions that the website puts to them. There's only ever one question at a time on the page, so the process doesn't get overwhelming. When they're done, they'll have a whole flow chart created for them, laying out their essay in an easy to follow format.

5. Easy Word Count: One of the first things students need to learn is how to keep their essays to an appropriate length. Too long, and the essay is bloated and stuffed full of unnecessary information. Too short, and it won't answer the question. They can use this tool to get a quick and accurate word count as they're writing.

6. Studydemic: If your students need some guidance getting started with academic writing, this is the place to start. There's a whole range of resources that they can refer to during their academic career in order to get them on the right track. Their grammar and citation guides all come highly recommended.

7. Hemingway Editor: An essential skill every student needs to learn is the skill of editing. Without it, their essays will be much less intelligible and score much less. They can paste their writing into this tool to get an instant report on what issues need to be fixed. The issues will even be highlighted in order to show what kind of error they are.

8. Ivywise College Admission Blog: There's no essay your students will write that is quite like their college admissions essay. As such, it's a daunting task for them to handle. Make it easier by showing them this blog. There are lots of resources listed that will make the job a lot easier, such as last minute tips and the best topics for their essays.

9. Essay Tips: 7 Tips on Writing an Effective Essay: This simple guide lays out the entire essay writing process on a step by step basis. Essay writing can be overwhelming, so having it broken down for students can help them in a big way. They can simply follow this guide, and by the end of it they'll have the perfect essay done and dusted.

10. Best Advice to Write a College Paper: This article has lots of essay tips, directly from a professional essay writer. The process doesn't just start when your students put fingers to keyboard, and they may not know that. Share this article with them so they're fully prepared when they come to write their first essay.

These eleven tools will help your students get the confidence to write excellent essays, every time. Share them with your class, and you'll see just how much better their writing gets. Everyone appreciates a helping hand from time to time.

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Comment by Leona Hinton on April 12, 2017 at 5:32am

Hi! I see so many writing services here but a good online plagiarism checker is missing. I'm not sure that my colleagues would approve subscribing to some of these services since the best way to engage students is to explain them how to write excellent papers using reliable sources and avoiding cheating. Of course, the final decision is always yours, I just wanted to express my opinion. 

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