I can officially write this, now that I am finally done with my bachelor’s degree. Here are some of my own tips and tricks that I used throughout my time in college & university.
This website & system has saved me more times than I can count. When I found out about it through a Facebook ad of all places I thought I would try the free and then soon saw how much more options there were with the premium plans, but I thought against it because of the price tag and because I was a college student with a limited income at the time. I went through and would proofread all of my essays and papers before I would print and submit and it honestly saved me from getting a lower grade due to common mistakes that the standard proofreading software on Word or Google Docs wouldn’t find.
Then as soon as I transferred to the university, I learned that the premium software was free to download through my university (you should check your university’s free software, and see if Grammarly is an option, cause it will save you so much money!) Grammarly has saved me as well when it comes to essay writing, because of the plagiarism check, which helps when writing huge research papers.
Plus, the new update to the program lets you tailor the proofreading of Grammarly to fit your type of paper (informal, formal, academic or business) so you get the right type of proofreading.
Also, a new update to Grammarly is for those that use google docs (which I use and I remember the pain of having to reformat my papers before there was a Grammarly extension for google docs). But now there is a Grammarly extension for google docs, and it works just like Grammarly but you know don’t have to leave your document to proofread all of your work.
There is also an extension that you can download if you are using a chrome browser and would give you suggestions for spelling, grammar and punctuation corrects so that when you are surfing the web, you won’t make any more mistakes!
And as a final note for this one, this and all of my previous postings and future postings are all proofread through grammarly!
#2 Survey Junkie
This one is something that I’ve used to get some cash through answering surveys. And it works too! You answer surveys and accumulate points, and once you hit 1000 points (which equals to $10) you can choose which gift card to cash it out on, or deposit it directly into your bank account. So this one takes some time but really is worth it in the end, because it’s something that I would do to kill some time.
#3 Citation machines
This is more for academic papers, but really it makes it so much easier when it comes to writing those long papers. What you do is if you need help with citations you can look up a citation machine, like http://www.citationmachine.net/. You pop in what you need to find a citation for a book, article, video, or newspaper article. And after you select the appropriate one that matches your source, you can choose which citation type you need it in and then just copy/paste into your paper, easy as that.
#4 Scheduling breaks, and don’t do anything school related
When I would have either a break between my classes at the university, or taking the walk back to my car I would pop in a podcast to listen to or would listen to an audiobook to just let my mind not think about school or upcoming assignments. Because I know that things get hectic, but that doesn’t mean you should have some time to yourself.
I even got into the habit of watching shows on Netflix or Hulu to catch up on the shows that I would miss because of my late classes in the evening times.
And reflecting back on that time I would give myself, made it so I could take a breather, and come back to my assignments more energized and focused because of the breaks.