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6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing

6 Tools to Help You Save Time Writing

When several professors assign you papers at the same time and you have lots of other studying to do, time-management skills become essential. The Internet is an environment full of distractions, but you can make it work to your benefit if you know which tools and apps to use. Now more and more tools and apps are emerging and it’s silly not to use them. Of course you should not forget about traditional ways of education. But adding modern tools to this process will bring a lot of benefits.  Using the tools in this article will help you write more efficiently and effectively.

1. Writinghouse.org

Being forced to pay attention to the required reference style can be tormenting and time consuming when writing papers. Citation generator Writinghouse.org will save you a lot of time and stress by enabling you to automatically implement APA, Chicago or MLA style for free.

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    2. Focus Writer

    This is the site to turn to if you have trouble staying offline while working on academic papers. Being able to write in a clean space with a subtly hidden user interface will make your brain sharper and more creative, and help you write more quickly.

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      3.  Tutorsclass

      We all know that studying can be difficult sometimes. So it may be better to ask for help than waist time trying to understand the subject yourself. And there is no doubt that studying and communicating with a tutor online is much more convenient than going to teachers or schools outside. Because this way you save your time, you study in more convenient environment for you and you have more information about the teacher you choose. Also you can use this tool to teach other student if  you think you are an expert in some subject.

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        4. Write Monkey

        If you don’t like using the mouse while working on a paper, you will love Write Monkey. By enabling you to use keyboard shortcuts, this tool makes the writing process up to 30 percent faster. Not having to move your hands away from the keyword while writing increases your effectiveness as soon as you get used to the shortcuts.

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          5. Omm Writer

          As its name implies, this is a zen environment that keeps the mind focused on the task it performs at the moment. Omm Writer is useful for students, no matter what type of paper they are working on. The free version is enough, although the paid version provides more calming theme alternatives.

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            6. Q10

            Keeping your mind free of interferences during the writing process is not an easy. The simple user interface of Q10 creates a clean environment that eliminates unnecessary distractions. All functions are accessible through keyboard shortcuts, which allow you to write faster and follow the flow of your thoughts.

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              7. WriteRoom

              WriteRoom will calm your fears that you could lose everything you have written. It includes safe and reliable backup and synchronization options that end your paranoid thoughts during writing. Besides those cool features, WriteRoom is also a great environment for writing, which keeps all distractions away and helps you stay focused on your work.

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                Students have a lot of plans and tasks, and time-management is not a skill most of them are good at. All these tools are free so there are no obstacles to use them. All the student need to advance his or her educational process is to have access to the Internet and  to be patient and hard-working.

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                With the help of these tools, students can save a lot of time on their academic writing tasks. This time then can be used for studying for exams. When you use the tools listed, you will find that you can find time for every academic challenge you face.

                 

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                What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

                Can I Be Creative?

                The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                How Creativity Works

                Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

                What Really Is Creativity?

                Creativity Needs an Intention

                Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                Creativity Is a Skill

                At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

                Start Connecting the Dots

                Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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