If you woke up tomorrow and were offered two pills, a red one to make you become a masterful essay writer, or a blue one to go back to your average writing way, which would you chose? Obviously, you’d take the red pill. Who wouldn’t? But since Morpheus likely isn’t showing up anytime soon, it’s up to you to make that happen for yourself. Consider this list your little red pill. These websites contain all the resources and tools you need to become a perfect essay writer. Let’s get started!If you woke up tomorrow and were offered two pills, a red one to make you become a masterful essay writer, or a blue one to go back to your average writing way, which would you chose? Obviously, you’d take the red pill. Who wouldn’t? But since Morpheus likely isn’t showing up anytime soon, it’s up to you to make that happen for yourself. Consider this list your little red pill. These websites contain all the resources and tools you need to become a perfect essay writer. Let’s get started!
1. Best Custom Essay Writing Tools
This website lists a collection of online resources specifically for college students. There is a tool for each part of the writing process, from writing and editing to plagiarism checking and creating a reference list.
2. Basic Essay Writing Mistakes to Avoid
Some examples of grammatical mistakes to avoid are using voice to text when taking notes for an essay in your phone or confusing words that really should not be confused at your age. Read this list and memorize it.
3. Tools All Essay Writers Should Be Aware Of
This list of resources can make the essay writing process a little easier. It features websites like Zotero, which can revolutionize the research process, and Evernote, which functions like a home office in your phone.
4. How to Become a Paper Writing Guru
This collection of tools includes a link to “18 Essay Hacks Every Student Should Know.” It also explains the benefits of using writing services and writing blogs to help with the heavy lifting.
5. Top Custom Writing Services
These EdTech tools can simplify the writing process. The list contains websites like Magnetic Poetry and Figment, which aren’t often showcased in similar articles.
6. “How To Write My Essay” Guide
With guides from all over the world and created for different styles of essays, you’re likely to find one to help with your current writing project.
7. Academic Writing Help
Thought Catalog articles rarely disappoint, and this one is no exception. The author explains that by using the “visualization test” and “saying more with less,” you can drastically improve your writing.
8. Essay Services Writing Reviews by AskPetersen
Essay writing services can be invaluable when you have a paper that you don’t have time to write, but how can you tell the great sites from the bad ones? This website gives you a detailed review of some of the most popular sites (EssayMama Review, NinjaEssays Review, BestEssays Review, and GradeMiners Review).
9. Get Essay Help With These 15 Online Websites
This site features a huge variety of websites that not only teach students how to become better writers, but also engage them in the process. Most of the sites are interactive and include guides, games. And writing prompts.
10. Order a Boring Textbook or Read These Admission Essay Writing Tips
This one is fantastic because it brings together not just a collection of writing resources, but a collection of resources for just that purpose. Learn how to write a personal essay and effectively tell your story to an audience you need to impress.
11. Educational Services: Make Your Essay Writing More Productive
Time counts. After all, as soon as you finish this paper, you have about twenty more to write. It’s important to learn how to write a solid essay efficiently and effectively. This website will walk you through that process.
12. ESL Custom Essay Writing
If you’re not a native English speaker, this website is full of resources to help you write a killer essay. From learning the nuances of research to helpful worksheets and study guides.
13. CNN: Useful Essay Writing Blogs For Students
This report from CNN features the ten best blogs for college students to be reading. The article says these blogs will actually change your life! Take a look and see if you find a new favorite weekly read.
14. Teacher’s Advice On How To Write My Essay
While this website was specifically designed as a resource to help students get involved in and excited about writing, students can certainly benefit as well. One particularly helpful resource is Essay Map, which helps students map out the components of their essays into a makeshift outline.
15. Ten Tips To Improve Essay Writing Skills
This website helps you incorporate writing into more areas of your life so it’s second nature to write. You will naturally improve over time.
16. Essay Assignment Help For Students
While originally written to help Israeli students find the time in their busy calendars to crank out excellent papers, this site is certainly not limited to members of any nationality. The site features helpful advice for any student.
17. Stanford: How To Write Best College Essay
This article on Stanford’s “College Puzzle” website features a guide for students through each part of the writing process. There are sections for “planning your paper,” “collecting information,” “writing,” and “editing your essay.”
18. Buy Teacher’s Respect With These Essay Writing Tools
This one is for teens to help them spark their imagination, learn the basics of writing, and get inspiration. Resources include My Access, NinjaEssays, Write To Learn, and SAGrader.
Another fantastic article from CNN, this one works through the steps to writing a great essay. From coming up with a great topic to knowing which research to ditch, the guide offers practical advice to students writing any kind of essay.
20. Essay Writer: Upgrade Your Grammar and Writing Skills
Ah grammar. Even native English speakers get tripped up on some common grammatical errors. This website helps you improve your grammar skills so you can write papers of the highest possible quality.
21. CNN: Effective Summer “Write My Essay” Apps
The summer is a time for a well-deserved break from the grueling rigor of classes. But don’t let all those months be a total waste. You can still brush up on your writing skills without being bored.
22. Research and Editing Tips For Essay Writers
These tools are absolutely essential if you’re taking a class from home or getting your entire education online. But even if you’re a classroom learner, you can gain a lot from these interactive websites.
23. Awesome Admission Essay Help
Need a little help writing essays that will get you noticed in a college admissions office? These websites will help you write a strong application essay from start to finish.
24. Earn Better Grades With Assignment Help
If you do any sort of writing, whether it’s for essays, blogs, or your own journal and random lists, these resources will be extremely helpful! Hemingway Editor alone makes this list a winner!
25. College Scholarship Essay Tips
We’ll wrap up the list with another solid bet for assistance with scholarship and college admissions essays. With resources created by Harvard, Cornell, and Vanderbilt, these are sure to help you find success.
Now that you’ve learned about all these resources, there really is no going back. There’s no pretending you didn’t read the content or that you don’t have the tools to write stellar papers each and every time. Now it’s up to you to put all this knowledge to good use! So pick a topic, and let’s get to writing!
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If you attended high school in the late nineties and early aughts, it's likely that you used the family computer in the den to type up your essays or do research. It's also likely that much of your time "doing research" was actually tooling around on AOL with an open Microsoft Word window so if your parents walked in you could smoothly play it off like you were truly doing work.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
EssayTyper is a site that allows you to plug in virtually any subject, then brings you to a Word-style webpage where you can write your essay. But you don't have to "write" anything. Not technically. Just bang on the keyboard and words appear.
Go ahead, try it. I used "economics" then pressed that button on the right.
Immediately, a paper appears.
The title is prewritten: "Innovative or Simply Post-Modern?"
And then, some computer magic.
Just start banging on keys.
Bang on the home keys, bang on the number keys. Press enter! Press delete! What will they think of next?
And here's a look at what's happening on the screen:
It's very fun, but we wondered if students were actually trying to pass off these generated papers as their own.
See, the first sentences of "Truly Jobs" (all EssayTyper papers are pre-titled) reads as follows:
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs was an American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s. He would come to be known as the entreprenur, marketer, and inventor, and cofounder, chairman, and finally CEO of Apple Inc. who transformed "one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies.
And a quick search proved it was just a rewrite of Jobs' Wikipedia page. So was our EssayTyper paper on Business Insider, and "Mad Men."
In 2012, The Atlantic published "Write My Essay, Please!" uncovering the truth behind sites similar to EssayTyper and the people who use them.
"Essay writing has become a cottage industry premised on systematic flaunting of the most basic aims of higher education," Richard Gunderman explains in the Atlantic piece. "The very fact that such services exist reflects a deep and widespread misunderstanding of why colleges and universities ask students to write essays in the first place."
While EssayTyper is free, and pretty useful for fooling your parents into thinking you're actually sitting on the computer and doing legitimate work, Gunderman says the bevvy of sites out there that appoint real people to write term papers for students is alarming. And, he points out, paying someone to write an essay for you isn't technically plagiarism.
"In this case, assuming the essay-writing services are actually providing brand-new essays, no one else's work is being stolen without consent," Gunderman writes. "It is being purchased. Nevertheless, the work is being used without attribution, and the students are claiming credit for work they never did. In short, the students are cheating, not learning."
A quick Google search for "how to find out if student is plagiarizing" serves up tons of tips and tricks for exhausted teachers and parents. A site called PlagTracker lets you type in a phrase or sentence to run against the rest of the internet. I copied and pasted the first sentence of "my" Steve Jobs essay.
The process took about twenty seconds (and PlagTracker offered to speed it up if I paid.) Here were the results.
My content was "81% plagerized from 5 sources," but none of those sources were listed as Wikipedia.
Brooklyn Friends School teacher Kathleen Clinchy agrees that while technology has made it easier to cheat, it's now a lot harder to definitively catch a cheater. She says resorting to old-school interrogation is the way to go.
In an email to Business Insider, Clinchy tells us:
It gets a little tricky because you don't want to accuse a student of cheating, so being able to have a conversation with strategic questioning is a good skill to have as a teacher. In younger grades, like middle school, you can get the parent involved and just ask them to revise the work together (AKA make sure your child stops cheating), but high school is a little murkier.
You also need to watch for students copying or plagiarizing each other too — that's where you just give the kids their papers back together with highlighted similar sentences and just stare at them until they talk.
But Bay Gross, founder of EssayTyper, has made sure to caveat his service to take any potential blame off of himself and the site. "Please don't ever try to use this legitimately," he says on the site. "The magic part is not real ... and that's plagiarism."