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21 Online Tools and Resources For Academic Essay Writing

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21 Online Tools and Resources For Academic Essay Writing

Everyone could use a little help now and then and, for students, when the mountain of work becomes impossible to climb, it’s probably time to seek out some assistance. Fortunately for them, students have so many resources to turn to online, from offering them help with grammar to organization and even complete essay writing services.

There are so many out there, that it can be overwhelming to try to sift through all such options. So, here’s a list of the best online resources around – keep this handy throughout the school year, for whenever you need help in any form.

  1. Essayroo

    EssayRoo

    You may want to get all your essays written on time, but sometimes it’s just not going to happen. Real life gets in the way, and you can’t commit to doing several assignments at once. This writing service can step in and help you out. Send them your assignments and they’ll write you an essay you can be proud of. They can do it, no matter how tight you deadlines are.

    1. Thesis Builder

    Thesis Builder

      Struggling to start your essay? These tools can help. There’s the Thesis Builder that helps you create and outline the ideas for your essay, or the Topic-O-Rama tool, that helps you come up with a good topic for your assignment.

      1. 3D Writer

      3D Writing

        Need a good writing tool for writing your essays? Originally designed for schools to encourage writing in hypertext, this tool could be the right one for you.

        1. RefMe: Admission Essay Writing Resources

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        RefMe Resources

          This post will give you a lot of tools if you’re struggling with your admissions essay for the university. There are essay builders, writing services, and tips all included.

          1. Essaypunch

          EssayPunch

            Feel like your essay skills aren’t up to the task, but your teachers don’t have the time to help you? This tool can step in. Use its online tutorials to build up your skills and start writing brilliant essays.

            1. BibMe

            BibMe

              Building your bibliographies and reference lists can be a real hassle. This online tool makes it a whole lot easier. When you use a book or source, use this tool to keep track of it. When you’re done, download an automatically generated list in your choice of referencing style. It’s as easy as that.

              1. The Yellow: Dissertation Writing Help and Tips

              Yellow How To - Dissertation Writing Tips

                This guide is perfect for anyone worrying about their dissertation this year. Use its advice to get started and get that dissertation written.

                1. Lifehack: Write My Essay Tips

                Lifehack_Write My Essay Tips

                  If you struggle with getting started, the advice in this article can help you. It talks about using brainstorming to get all your ideas down first, and not worrying too much about your structure during your first draft.

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                  1. Memonic

                  Memonic

                    It’s easy to find great ideas online. However, it’s much harder to find those ideas again when you need them for an essay. This tool lets you collect them all in one place, making it much easier to reference them when needed.

                    1. Thesis Generator

                    Ashford University Thesis Generator

                      Building your essay is easier said than done. This tool will give you an outline and guidance on writing it with very little input from you. All you have to do is answer a few questions with short statements, and you’ll get a full outline for your essay.

                      1. HuffingtonPost: Write My Essay Business Model Review

                      HuffingtonPost Essay Review

                        With an increasing number of students turning to writing services to help them get their essays done, it’s interesting to see things from a different perspective – from that of the professional essay writer.

                        1. Hemingway Editor

                        Hemingway

                          This tool is great for improving your proofreading and grammar skills. Paste your written work in and it will highlight any errors it finds. These can include too long sentences, too many adverbs, or words that have better alternatives. It even highlights different errors in different colours, making it even easier to see where you need to improve.

                          1. Back to School: Tips and Tools 

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                          Peterson's Tips

                            Starting your new life as a college student is both exciting and terrifying, all at the same time. This guide helps you get prepared to head out and begin your first year of college, providing you with lots of practical tips, as well as lots of writing tools for you to try out.

                            1. Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

                            Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

                              This is the ultimate essay writing guide. Look through their database to find help on everything from outlining to proofreading your essay.

                              1. HuffingtonPost: 8 MBA Writing Mistakes You Should Be Aware Of

                              HuffingtonPost_8 MBA Essay Writing Mistakes

                                Applying for an MBA can be stressful, but this guide makes it easier. Follow their rules for writing admissions, essays, and you’ll get that MBA seat easily.

                                1. Times of Israel: Essay Writing Resources for College Admissions

                                The Times of Israel Essay Writing Resources

                                  This guide collects together resources that you can use if you’re writing your college admissions essay. If you’re stuck, this is the best place to go.

                                  1. Essay Writing Checklist

                                  Essay Writing Checklist

                                    Do you never know how to proofread? This tool is for you. It walks you through the process, making sure you don’t miss anything.

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                                    1. Paper Writing Help: Essential Editing Tips for Students

                                    Stanford_Paper Editing and Proofreading Help

                                      Proofreading is a process, but it doesn’t have to be a lengthy one. This guide tells you exactly how to proofread effectively, saving time when you’re close to the deadline.

                                      1. Readability Score

                                      Readability Score

                                        You may have a lot of ideas that you want to get down on paper, but if no one can understand them then what’s the point? This tool will tell you just how easy it is to follow your writing. Paste it in, and it will score your writing against several grading scales. When it’s done, you’ll have the average reading age needed to understand your work.

                                        1. RatedWriting

                                        ratedwriting

                                          Don’t know where to start? Visit RatedWriting website and get a wide range of writing advice and service. The company hires professional writers and tutors who regularly update the website with new reviews to help students succeed in college.

                                          1. 6 Editing and Proofreading Tools for Essay Writer

                                          Admitsee

                                            This blog points out that it’s hard to get proofreading right if you’re the only one who’s proofreading your work. It lists several helpful tools that can help you get it right the first time before you hand that essay in.

                                            Try these tools out this term, and see just how much your essay writing will improve. Online tools are great for helping students write great essays, so take advantage of them. You’ll be glad you did when you start getting those improved grades.

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                                            Last Updated on October 21, 2021

                                            How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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                                            How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

                                            Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

                                            Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

                                            The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

                                            Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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                                            Program Your Own Algorithms

                                            Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

                                            Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

                                            By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

                                            How to Form a Ritual

                                            I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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                                            Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

                                            1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
                                            2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
                                            3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
                                            4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

                                            Ways to Use a Ritual

                                            Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

                                            1. Waking Up

                                            Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

                                            2. Web Usage

                                            How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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                                            3. Reading

                                            How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

                                            4. Friendliness

                                            Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

                                            5. Working

                                            One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

                                            6. Going to the gym

                                            If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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                                            7. Exercise

                                            Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

                                            8. Sleeping

                                            Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

                                            8. Weekly Reviews

                                            The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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