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


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