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Online Technology to Improve Grades

I am a big proponent of the utilization of online technology to assist in the achieving of academic goals. It seems amazing to me that we still teach students to scribble on paper in grade school when we have all this technology available at our fingertips.

Personally, I believe parents should teach young students to type as early as possible. The earlier students learn to type the easier the transition will be to the utilization of computers- something that today is mandatory for almost any college.

I remember being a young student in college and having a technological advantage. This was in the 80’s before many people owned home computers or had ever heard of the internet. I had an Apple Macintosh which I was able to write papers on while my peers were using typewriters. Not only was I able to utilize basic word processing functions like formatting and spell check, I was able to re-arrange my text and save write-ups for use in future papers. Simply put, I had a huge technological advantage in college over my peers.

Today’s tech savvy students can have a significant advantage over classmates using online services. I will list some of the common online services for college students below:

Colwiz – This reference manager will accelerate the research process and enable you to sort, cite and share the sources you intend to use. You can use Colwiz to locate relevant articles and manage the notes and references through cloud backup. The best part is that the tool enables you to automatically format the bibliography with over 6500 citation styles.

NinjaEssays – This essay writing service can be useful through all stages of research paper writing: from conceptualizing to researching to writing to editing. You can hire professionals with MA and PhD degrees in the relevant fields of study and rely on their knowledge for faster completion of your research paper. You can hire an expert to provide you with the right resources, edit your paper or help you throughout the writing process.

ReadCube – In order to write a successful research paper, you need to do a lot of reading, managing and citing. With the help of ReadCube, you can progress through the different stages of completion with ease. The tool enables you to import PDF files from your computer and make them searchable. You will also get daily article recommendations based on the library you collect. That’s the best way to get more material without even trying.

Qiqqa – This free reference manager and research manager is one of the most effective tools you could possibly use during research paper writing. It enables you to organize the PDFs you will use for the project, import them into separate libraries, search through them and detect duplicate sources. Quiqqa provides intuitive information about papers, as well as connections between different concepts. You can also use the tool to share library documents, notes and metadata with a selected group of people.

Mendeley – If you were looking for a free tool that helps you manage the writing, research and citation process with ease, then Mendeley will surely make you happy. Mendeley gives you 2GB space for online storage, which is enough to keep all your sources secure in one place. You can access the collected materials online or offline, and annotate on the go by highlighting and adding sticky notes throughout the text. Mendeley also enables you to generate the citations and bibliography in the style you choose.

Citavi – The most difficult part of the research paper writing process is finding your way around the pile of sources you managed to assemble. Thanks to Citavi, you can avoid chaos by saving the important quotations accompanied with proper citation information (including page numbers). Then you can use the tool to insert the quotations and thoughts you saved directly into the document.

EndNote – This powerful tool enables you to collect and manage different reference materials and manage the journals, research papers, essays or books you write. The ability to search through extensive online databases and access full-text articles will enable you to complete your research papers much faster. EndNote also has a collaborative feature that’s perfect for team projects.

As an educational consultant, I assist students identify the right technological services for their learning style and educational needs. For an educational evaluation to match your student with a plan for success in college, give me a call at 813-454-1050.