You will hardly find a student who enjoys writing a college paper. Among all the other tasks they get assigned in college, paper writing is one of the most difficult assignments. Students run into several problems:
lack of ideas
problems understanding the paper’s topic
problems with research
problems with structure
lack of knowledge about citation styles
problems expressing their thoughts
Fortunately for students, technology offers us many ways to improve paper writing and make this process easier. With the help of numerous online tools and mobile applications, college paper writing is no longer a student’s worst nightmare. Here are 20 websites and apps that can help.
Admission Essays: An online service for students who need to write good essays and application letters. It provides dozens of free essays to use as samples for students’ work. Here, everyone can learn how to write good papers and compose great application letters.
Dictionary.com: This resource provides more useful information for students than just definitions. A thesaurus, citation formats, many links to useful tools, a style guide, and formats for punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviations – you can find it all here.
Encyclopedia.com: A perfect place for research, where students will find links to many reference books and such well-known and authoritative encyclopedias as the Columbia Encyclopedia and Britannica. More than 100 dictionaries are available here to search for different information related to college writing.
Bid4papers.com/college-paper.html: A resource for students who want to get more experience in college paper writing, learn how to do it properly, and understand all the nuances of academic writing. This resource provides high-quality services together with a very good theoretical base for young people to start writing their essays professionally.
Find Tutorials: A website where students will find a big collection of academic tutorials to help them deal with academic writing. All tutorials are reviewed on their quality, and you can easily see which of them are worth the attention.
TED: Studying in college is impossible to imagine without this online resource, which collects video talks from experts in different fields. You can watch videos on relevant topics, read articles written by professionals, and organize events.
HippoCampus: A good resource for students who are not sure they’ve understood all the material properly. Here you can find lectures and a lot of other information on psychology, algebra, economics, biology, sociology, and many other topics.
Evernote: One of the best and most well-known applications for taking all the notes you need for college paper writing.
Simplenote: All your ideas, tasks, and assignments will be easy to find now, as this useful application lets you manage them and syncs with other devices.
Springpad: This application stores links, photos, notes, locations, and lots of other information so you can collect and use it for writing later.
Google Docs: A perfect place to save all your papers, spreadsheets, lists, calendars, and many other documents. Students can share their docs with fellows or teachers, making the process of college paper writing quicker and easier.
Byword: This application was created to make the process of writing easier and more enjoyable. Students can create texts, sync them in the cloud, and use Markdown support and many other features.
Writing Kit: A very good application for research and writing. It allows you to use Markdown syntax, and it syncs to Dropbox.
iA Writer: This application lets students concentrate on the most important task, and this is writing. Distraction-free, this app is pleasant on the eyes, and it syncs to both iCloud and Dropbox, making it easier for students to use.
PlainText: This app is clean and simple, but it does what a student needs: it helps them get their writing done. Nothing will distract you from writing while using this application, and its Dropbox sync makes PlainText a must-try.
iThoughts: A good application to keep track of your ideas and keep them in order. It’s a great help to any writer, as it helps you remember everything and browse your notes.
Nebulous Notes: This application is a must-try for students who need to format their writing with different fonts or backgrounds. It allows you to add various special characters, tabs, date functions, and more.
Elements: A plain-text editor that allows you to sync all files to Dropbox. There are plenty of elements in this application for students to improve their writing: word count, a scratchpad, auto-saving, touch support, line count, and more.
Outliner: An application to outline writing ideas, move them easily with drag-and-drop, make notes, and order all your writing in many different ways.
Notesy: A plain-text editor with the option to preview files, view links, search for information, add phone numbers, and much more. This is a good way to organize ideas and research results for further writing.
College is nothing if it is not a place where writing skills are going to be tested to the limit. Most courses will involve at least one report, essay, or term paper, and there is usually a thesis to complete a degree. Writing may come quickly for some, but for most, it is just short of the nine circles of hell.
Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but writing can be quite a struggle, especially students for whom English is not their first language. Given that most students (86%) have a smartphone, and more than half (66%) own an iPhone, it would be eminently practical to use the gadgets for more than taking snaps or sending messages.
Here are five of the best iPhone and iPad writing apps for students to help them get through college writing with flying colors.
Best Writing Apps for iPhone and iPad
To write, you need a word processor. This app is one of the most powerful iOS compatible software out there. If you are a Mac user, this is a must-have to get some work done even when you're on the go.
It has most of the essential features you need for document making and editing, and it is compatible with MS Word. You can even save it as an MS Word document or PDF if you want.
While the iPad version has a lot more features than the iPhone version, such as Split View, the iPhone version now comes with 3D touch for iPhone 6 and up, which means you can create a new document from the Home screen.
As smartphone word processors go, this is the best for iPhone users. Unfortunately, it also means you have no excuse for slacking off on that group project when you're not at home!
Most people have had occasion to use Dictionary.com at some point to look up the meaning and etymology of a word, which is very useful in impressing your friends.
However, having it on your iPhone can also help you find the words you need for that report or book review. It has such a large word database that you should download it over a wired connection.
Some great features include alphabetical indexing, sample sentences, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, as well as audio pronunciation. The app also has a word of the day to help you expand your vocabulary. Most importantly, it works offline and translates to 25 languages. It is a must-have for any aspiring writer. Edugeeksclub writer Ann Morescomb calls it “one of the most important apps” on her iPhone.
The best thing about this app is you can take handwritten notes (using the pencil feature) and record audio for lectures at the same time, and you can see those during playback.
This is invaluable if you have to write something about that particular class, and you need to clarify something. It is powerful yet simple to use. The handwriting feature is especially awesome, as it is optimized for precise use on the iPhone.
It is literally like having a notebook in front of you but way cooler. You can also import and edit images and PDF files, and use iCloud to sync notes on Dropbox and Google Drive, which allows you to move seamlessly from one device to another.
#4. My Wonderful Days
Many of the greatest writers advise struggling writers to write at every opportunity to improve their skills. This journaling app allows you to do just that, but instead of writing in a physical journal, you can do that from your iPhone.
It is a genius solution for the college student on the go for recording thoughts as they occur. Since you can back it up on the cloud with a passcode, you won't have any problem keeping it in a safe place. It is very simple and useful for improving your writing skills.
#5. iA Writer
This app is a simple text editor that lets you concentrate on content rather than format.
While it does allow you to do rich formatting, its full-text mode helps you refine and edit your work without distracting you with extra features that usually go with most word processors.
In Focus mode, you can highlight only the sentence you are currently working on, with the other parts of the document grayed out. It saves in the cloud, and it is also compatible with the Handoff app, which provides seamless app integration across iOS devices.
The Pro version of this app is particularly useful if you have a ton of proofreading to do, and you have to do it on the go.
#6. Write about this
Very few smartphone apps are designed to prompt a user to write about something, although this is only for iPad and iPad mini.
It has 125 pages and 375 prompts selected by teachers specifically to encourage young children to write. While this may seem a bit jejune for a college student, it is very useful for anyone that avoided any real writing before going to college.
Aside from helping you develop your writing skills, it allows you to share your work with your friends and create an author profile. It is like having a publishing agent on your iPad!
You have to keep writing to make you better at it. There is no getting around that. These writing apps for iPhone merely make it easier for you to do that on the go. They are particularly important if you are a college student with so many things going on. Download one or more of them, and you will find yourself writing better than ever before.
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