English writing is one of the toughest assignments for a homeschool student. Even if they grew up speaking English, students find it hard to write a flawless piece of literature. A strong command of English language in not only speaking but also writing portrays understanding, intelligence and a sense of class.
Whether you child is writing a 500-word essay, short story, book or a blog post, the content is judged based on good grammar. For this reason, there is a growing number of grammar tools that can help writers in preparing their content. Below are some of the most powerful tools used by many authors, students, and professors.
First on my list is Spellchecker.net. Spellchecker.net is a free online writing enhancement tool that enables a writer to review his/her work for spelling errors as well as other grammar mistakes. This application has an enormous database that contains over 100,000 entries. The presence of all these entries ensures that all syntax errors, punctuation, language vagueness, and incorrect word choice are recognized and fixed.
Following in the footsteps of Spellchecker.net is Ginger. Ginger is a versatile tool that is compatible with many operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Android. Ginger is used to proof-read any written document, check for spelling mistakes, translate, rephrase sentences, and predict words. This application offers portability functionality; it can be installed on any smartphone or a tablet computer thus enabling a writer to edit his/her work on the go. Besides that, this has a personal trainer application that focuses on helping writers learn from their mistakes. Also, it comes with its comprehensive dictionary that can be used to improve content vocabulary. Just like many writing enhancement tools, Ginger is easy to set up and use.
Not all of these tools are affordable, but there also others that offer a writer a chance to use its feature for free and if impressed one can consider paying for other premium services. One of the most excellent tools that employs this method is PaperRater. PaperRater is an online application that analyzes written materials for any grammatical and other types of errors. This application is easy to use as it can be used directly from a web browser. It has a system that allows the writer to choose the type of literature that is being analyzed and to which audience the content is targeted at. This functionality helps the application to rate any material accordingly and accurately, thus providing the best possible results.
Attaining perfection is every writer’s dream; all these tools strive to help a writer do that, but none has come close apart from one – WhiteSmoke. WhiteSmoke is a top class software and it is used by many experienced writers today. Just like Ginger, WhiteSmoke is compatible with many devices. It offers high-quality services at premium prices. This application embraces outstanding features such as a dictionary, translator, and thesaurus. As compared to other writing enhancement tools, WhiteSmoke identifies and corrects many grammatical and syntax errors.
Last on the list is Grammarly; it is one of the best tools used today. Grammarly is the best of all because it is powerful, fast and efficient. It offers different functionalities that suit all types of writing genres. Some of its advantages include:
- It can correct over 250 types of punctuation and other related grammatical errors.
- It can correct misspelled words and also recommend the best vocabulary to fit your content.
- It also provides a plagiarism functionality; this feature enables a writer to scan for any trace of copied content and do the required revision.
- Grammarly applications are cross platforms; there are plugins for the web browser, Microsoft Word, and a desktop version.
- Above all, Grammarly receives constant updates that enable it to improve its functionality and offer quality service.
Grammar tools not only correct spelling errors and other common mistakes but they also check for syntax and other advanced grammar issues such as wordiness and sentence structure. Of course, none of these software applications is as capable as an actual human editor, but using the tools mentioned above can enable a homeschooler to learn and grow in writing by recognizing mistakes and how to fix them.