Spelling and Grammar Check Tool Students Should Use To Eliminate Errors

Students and those just leaving universities (or colleges) may find correcting spelling and grammar daunting. In the series ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’ I mentioned 5 tools for student writers to use. In this post, I would like to elaborate on why one of the tools I stated earlier, Grammarly, is a must Spelling and Grammar check tool to use every time when finalising your important assessment or resume or CV.


Let me first ask 5 quick questions for writers and students to ponder:

1. Are you doing your school work in English?  
2. Is English your second language? 
3. Do you find correcting spelling and grammar errors tricky? 
4. Have you often identify errors in your submitted work after it was marked? 
5.Do you want your final work to be error free?

If the answer to the five questions is YES, read on to find out why the tool can help you improve the overall outcome of your work. 

Spelling and Grammar check


Grammarly is an online Spelling and Grammar check tool. That means that you have to have access to the Internet to use it. Many institutions have ‘blocker’ installed in their network gateways which may not allow you to use Grammarly. But there is a way around it – you can use ‘data’ tethering. Connect your laptop to smartphone. Checking for gramatical errors and spelling mistakes using Grammarly is, in fact, a better way to eliminate any errors in your final work before submitting or publishing it. 

Grammarly is a *free* online tool. You simply have to open an account and start using it. The spelling and grammar tool identifies errors and prompts you to correct the errors. I am always surprised at the number of error counts whenever I used it (see the example in the diagram).

Try it and see how many errors you may have missed whilst proof-reading your work.




English as a second language 


English is not the first language is 'the' reason why I decided to include this post in the series ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’. From experience, once as a student and even now, English as a second language comes with some levels of difficulty when thinking and writing in English. Obviously, this is true for many students in PNG who may also have English as a third or even fourth language!

So, it is important to use tools and aids that are now available to make writing appealing to teachers and other readers. Using the free version of Grammarly is one way you can polish your writing and make readers like your work.


How it works…


As mentioned earlier and also in Part 2 of ‘PNG Students Blogging Guide’, Grammarly is easy to use. Use your email, Gmail or social media accounts to open Grammarly account. There are two ways to use it: as an add-on on Chrome browser or saved URL in ‘favorite’ folder and use it when you need it.

When you have opened an account, simply copy your work and paste it into Grammarly task-pane. Spelling and Grammar check will automatically show the stats of errors and suggest corrections to be made.  That’s it!

Summary


Grammarly is a free online tool you can use to make your important work stand-out.



You may also be interested to take a look at PNG Insight’s Guide to Students’ Blogging:


1. PNG Students Blogging Guide Part 1: How to Start a Blog and Grow Your Writing Potential


2. PNG Students Blogging Guide Part 2: Five Free Online Tools For Creating Stunning Blog


PNG Students Blogging Guide Part 2: Five Free Online Tools For Creating Stunning Blog

The second part of Students Blogging Guide attempts to show how easy it can be for students to create a blog. I will also briefly highlight the 5 useful tools you can use to create a great blog as beginner. Though this series is for students, any person interested in blogging can also use the tips to start a blog.


As mentioned in Part 1, blogging is a useful way to improve students’ writing skills. That is why I would like to (again) encourage students, both secondary and tertiary students, to take blogging as a means to improve your writing potential. A 600 – 800 word post is just right to get a good Google ranking. Some examples of blog posts include assessments, poems, short stories and many more. You may not need plenty of mobile phone *data* to publish your work. Write offline (using Microsoft Word for example) and post when you are online – to help you here is the link to tethering your smartphone and laptop. From experience, 60 Megabyte is sufficient to publish your post.

So if you have not started yet, take a look at how easy it is to create a blog. You only need your Gmail account to become a blog owner. That is as easy as it is! Start a blog.

5 useful tools for student bloggers

Here are the 5 online tools that will make your blog stand-out from the others.

1. Grammarly

Grammarly valuable tool for Spelling & Grammar Check.

Grammarly is a useful online grammar and spelling checker. Just copy and paste your final  assignment or blog post in the window pane and click Check Your Text. Obliviously, English is second (even third) language for many Papua New Guineans. Grammarly, the Grammar and Spelling checker tool, is one blogging tool I've used many times and I'd recommend it highly to any student wanting to eliminate errors in their assessments and write-ups. Check it out here.

Make sure you have used the correct English version by choosing English (US) or English (UK), or whichever one you prefer. Grammarly is free on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers. You can install the app as an add-on on Chrome or use the online version to check your work for both Grammar and Spelling errors.


2.  Social Media
Share your posts on Social Media

It is important to create social media accounts for your blog. Social media is probably the most important platform for reaching a wider readership. My top picks are Google +, Twitter and Facebook. These three are the most used platforms in PNG. 

If you are planning to use images on your blog, try Pinterest. In fact, Pinterest is a useful tool for showcasing your work as well as getting visitors to your blog. Another way to find the ideal social media platform, fit for your blog, is to experiment with various platforms that you believe will give your blog a good coverage and stick with it.


3. Images/visuals and messages

Does professional images & texts

Creating attractive visuals and powerful messages are good for your blog. Think of it this way: the images attract readers, and the messages give the readers a taste of what post is about. So, make the images appealing to attract readers and messages stimulating so that the readers will want to read further.

Many people are good with Photoshop. If you are one of them, please use Photoshop to create or collate better images to use on your website. For biginners, the two free image editors I have been using are Canvas and Ribbet. My favorite is Ribbet. You can auto-edit photos, add texts, use free photos and do many other formatting styles. 

Many of the photos on PNG Insight are examples of what you can do with an image editor like Canvas and Ribbet. My top tip is to always keep your photos the *same size*. Consistency is the key to making your blog stand out amongst the others.


4. Google Search Console & Google Analytic
Look at insights to your blog

Google Search Console (GSC) and Google Analytics (GA) provides insights into your blog or website. The GSC is, in simple terms, the platform where you tell Google about your website by submitting URLs. For example GA is the platform where Google provides you (the blogger or webmaster) with the data and information about your blog or website.

So, if you want to understand how your blog works (and improve its performance) you’ve got to use both platforms provided by Google – and they are free!


5. Google Trends and Adword Keyword Search


Rank well on Google - visibility!

This is the important part of blogging that many beginners ignore or did not know about. If you want to rank well in Google’s searches, you must learn to identify (and use the keyword in a post) that you want Google rank you for. For example, this blog has ranked well (first and third on Google) for the keyword ‘free education policy in png’.

It’s not hard. You just have to identify what is trending on Google and used Adword Keyword Search to choose a keyword. Then, use the keyword in your writing (and also in the post’s search description before publishing it). It is basically, the anchor text that Google shows to people in search results when the search matches your keyword.

In fact, these may seem like a mountain of work to do. It, probably, is. But blogging is fun and easy if you do it right from the start. In Part 3 of the series of Students’ Guide to Blogging we will look at how to *value* your blog. This is interesting so stay in tune.


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Check out the complete series on Student's Guide to Blogging here.