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March 17, 2020

5 Expert Tech Hacks Students Can Use to Crush College Writing Assignments

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Quality is king when it comes to successful writing – no matter the audience.

Why does quality matter so much? 

At best, low-quality writing turns a hot topic into boring, run-of-the-mill drudgery. 

At worst, it’s riddled with mistakes that can make you seem unintelligent.

If you’re an inexperienced writer, even the most glaring errors are tough to scrub out. 

So what do smart writers do to boost the quality of their creative content? In my agency, we harness technology. As an academic writer, you can apply the same easy-to-adopt tricks of the trade to sculpt high-caliber writing assignments. 

1. Get Organized

Tackling a huge project? It can be tricky to stay organized. 

Maybe you’re conducting complicated research. Maybe you’re writing a thesis. Maybe you’re just dealing with a TON of moving parts. 

Whatever the case, software like Scrivener or Quoll helps writers organize (and reorganize) ideas without getting lost in the details.

If organization isn’t your strong suit, consider trying a reputable essay writing service.  

2. Self-Edit

Some writers think long, complex sentences and million-dollar words make them sound more intelligent. However, this way of writing tends to have the exact opposite effect. It’s dry. It’s boring. Your eyes start to cross as you read it. 

Consider the content most people read in their free time: blogs, emails, and social media. One thing they have in common is readability, and that’s why we can’t get enough of it. 

Another thing they have in common? Short, bold sentences. To heighten readability for any assignment, my writers use the Hemingway editing app. It highlights what’s slowing down your content so you can easily reshape it.

3. Check for Plagiarism

A good writer never plagiarizes. When you’re juggling sources for research projects, though, things can get confusing. Which words are original? Which need attribution?

You could comb through every source you used again. Then you could try to locate the phrase you used and compare it to your research paper. Or you could save a TON of time and use an online plagiarism checker.

Most American colleges use comparison tools like Copyscape to stamp out unethical student plagiarism – why not beat them to it? Plagiarism checkers like Small SEO Tools check every sentence of your copy-pasted writing against billions of websites. 

Got dinged for plagiarism? It’s time to check your citations, paraphrase, and hit the thesaurus. 

However, if plagiarism keeps coming back to bite you (and you’re not sure why), consider trying a plagiarism-free essay writing service.  

4. Choose Your Words Wisely

Let me introduce you to your new best friend: the thesaurus. A simple Google search will uncover mountains of thesauruses, but my personal favorite is Thesaurus.com. It reveals relevant synonyms, antonyms, and alternative definitions.

Within 5 minutes, you can transform your writing from so-so to sizzling. 

5. Proofread. Then Proofread Again.

It can be tempting to frontload proofreading. It feels productive! It makes your writing shine in-process.

Professionals call this busywork: if you proofread as you go, you end up wasting a lot of time paying attention to things you may end up cutting later.

That’s why proofreading should be the last step you take before submitting your writing.

My writers use Grammarly. It’s a proofreading tool that catches all the little things: spelling, grammar, unnecessary punctuation, and more. It dependably pushes that finished project to 99%.

Why 99%? Because AI doesn’t catch everything. It’s important to always re-read your writing yourself. Then you’ll be 100% sure it’s submit-ready.    

Still Need a Little Help? 

Tech is amazing for tightening up your writing. What it can’t do is make your ideas creative, your content engaging, or your language authentic. Creative content – from historical research paper to SEO blog – requires a human touch. Readers everywhere can sniff out a computer-written piece from a mile away. 

As the owner of a multi-million dollar content writing business, I know better than anyone that some projects are best left up to the experts. 

Looking for a professional, degree-qualified writer to help articulate your ideas or edit a project you’ve already written? Consider trying an essay writing service.


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Julia McCoy is a serial content marketer, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. She founded a multi-million dollar content agency, Express Writers, with nothing more than $75 at 19 years old. Today, her team has nearly 100 expert content creators on staff, and serves thousands of clients around the world. She's earned her way to the top 30 worldwide content marketers, and has a passion for sharing what she knows in her books and in her online course, The Content Strategy & Marketing Course. Julia also hosts The Write Podcast on iTunes.

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