Here are 7 tips and resources to help the student overcome writer’s block, find inspiration, edit their pages more concisely and improve their writing.
1. Collaborate with Google Docs
Google Docs not only allows you to access documents from virtually anywhere, but also allows you to share work and collaborate with other users. This is a great tool for research or editing projects; Anyone with the link and permission to edit can make changes or add comments in real time.
2. Error detection with grammar
Grammarly is a correction tool that detects grammatical errors, typographical errors and uncomfortable sentences. You can download the program as a web extension, and it will correct anything written in a web browser (which means it works well with Google Docs).
3. Test readability with Hemingway Editor
Depending on where your student is in his writing skills, he may feel that the more complex his writing is, the better. Enter, The Hemingway Editor. This website calculates readability (highlighting passive voice, complicated wording and mediocre vocabulary) to help your student write more concisely and effectively.
4. Organize notes and thoughts with Evernote
Evernote is a valuable tool for creating and organizing notes and to-do lists. Your student can classify each note in a notebook and add labels to make their ideas easy to find. As an additional advantage, the Evernote Web Clipper extension allows them to save articles from all over the web so they can quickly access them while researching or working on projects.
5. Explore topic writing with Hubspot
If your student has the task of creating his own writing topic, but he lacks ideas, he can use the Hubspot Blog Themes Generator, which produces a list of relevant titles (or topic ideas) in just a few seconds. They can write from Hubspot’s suggestions or use them as a jump board to create their own.
6. Make writing a habit with the daily page
Creating the habit of writing in your student does not have to be tedious for them. The Daily Page over here sends you a fun and unique writing notice every day. Since your student will not be required to tell a word or page, you can write freely and stretch your creative muscles every day.
7. Write frequently
Ultimately, the exact tool or resource that your student uses does not matter much while writing. The best way to help them improve their writing is to have them write – then read again and edit their writing – as often as is reasonable. Remember that writing can come in the form of Tweets, emails and even handwritten thank you notes. The more you encourage your child to write, the more comfortable he will feel in the skill and the better he will feel.