Fresh Features for Smart Students

The Citation Machine writing tools service is a popular tool best known for its citation generator and its grammar and plagiarism checker. But did you know that it also offers features that personalize the writing experience to your specific needs? Here are some of the awesome (and sometimes surprising) ways that the Citation Machine writing […] ...

General Strategies on Prepping for SAT Writing and Language

Studying grammar can be a pain. Punctuation? Subject-Verb agreement? Clausal errors? If you’re already shaking your head, don’t worry! Once you learn some key strategies, you’ll find that the SAT Writing and Language test isn’t so bad. One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT Writing & Language test is to organize your […] ...

College Prep for Juniors: 4 Ways to Start This Fall

By Ella Chochrek What you’ve heard is true: Junior year is a pivotal year in the college planning process. For one, you’ll want to take your ACT or SAT this year—which means you’ll have to put in some study time. But junior year of high school is about more than just taking your standardized tests. […] ...

General Strategies on Prepping for SAT Reading

Reading one 750 word passage is hard. Reading four 750 word passages in a row and answering 52 questions within 65 minutes seems impossible, but don’t fret! Once you get some key strategies under your belt, you’ll find that the SAT Reading test isn’t so bad. Reading is one skill, writing is another. If you […] ...

Unusual Adjectives to Use in Your Papers

By Amanda Prahl We’ve all been there: you’re writing a paper for a class, trying hard to demonstrate your mastery of the material, make a strong argument, and show your writing skills. You sit back to proofread… and realize you have somehow managed to use the same three adjectives in the entire paper. Your vocabulary […] ...

Smart Writing Tips for STEM Majors

By Caleigh Propes Chemistry majors have alkynes of trouble with it. Physics buffs can be “Bohr”ed to death by it. Engineers can’t always make the transformation without resistance. Let’s face it—writing can be difficult for STEM majors. As a molecular biology major, I feel your pain. But effective communication is one of the most important […] ...

5 Mistakes a Grammar Checker Can Catch

You’ve just finished writing what you think is the perfect paper, or at least one within the required word count. A proofread is SO needed, but you’re totally brain dead after working on it for hours. At times like these, a grammar check could be a BIG help. A grammar checker, like the one offered […] ...

How to Ace Writing 101

by Mary Catherine Connors Welcome to Writing 101, authors-in-training! By now I’m sure you’ve come to the alarming realization that, yes, you’ll have to (eventually) write an essay in this class. Don’t stress. The secret is, everyone’s first college papers are… well… they’re not exactly the Great American Novel. Mine definitely weren’t. But that’s why […] ...

How to Cite a Podcast

Ah, the podcast. A pretty modern way to be entertained or learn new things! Podcasts can be great sources of information for a research paper. They cover a wide range of topics, and can lead you to discussion questions you may want to address in your paper. So how would you go about citing a […] ...

Art of Asking for a Reference

It can be difficult to work up the courage to ask someone for a reference, whether you want to list them on a job application or need them to write you a letter of recommendation. But strong references are incredibly important: they increase your odds of getting that new job or being admitted to your […] ...