After graduating high school, I was beyond excited for college: new experiences, new friends, and new memories to create. I was even excited about the classes I’d get to take — especially the literature and creative writing classes I added to my schedule.
After I moved everything into my triple (I couldn’t believe I had to share a room with two other people!), the semester started, and I was shocked by how underprepared and overwhelmed I was… I hadn’t expected my work to be held to such a high standard. Not to mention the amount of writing required.
Between mountains of coursework, essays, and lofty expectations, my confidence as a writer began to diminish. I was rereading all my essays, triple-checking emails I sent to my professor, and second-guessing all of my writing. Then, my roommate, Kyle mentioned he uses Grammarly. It’s a free AI-powered writing assistant designed to make you the best writer possible.
I’d heard of Grammarly before, and I’d even used the free version once before, but I didn’t think it could do more than just point out a few spelling mistakes here and there.
After a deep dive in the library, here’s why I downloaded Grammarly:
More Than Just Spelling
The free version of Grammarly was more helpful than I expected, so I decided to upgrade to Premium.
I was blown away by the advanced suggestions. It’s like having a dictionary, thesaurus, and formatting tool all in one. Plus, Grammarly’s plagiarism checker is a game changer. It ensures that every piece of work I submit is 100% original.
Bonus: Not only does it assist with English writing skills, but it also helps give a better understanding of the language overall.
Enhances Writing Tone
One of my favorite features from Grammarly is that I can select the domain of my writing, such as academic or email, in the goals panel. Grammarly knows that tone is the key to persuasive writing.
By analyzing word choice, phrasing, punctuation, and even capitalization, Grammarly’s tone detector can identify my message’s tone and offer tailored suggestions for improvement based on the type of writing I’m doing.
Kyle told me that Grammarly increased his confidence in writing and communication tenfold. After using Premium for a few weeks now, I have to say the same! I honestly feel more comfortable with writing assignments and am more productive now that I no longer need to obsessively reread emails or term papers before hitting send.
Easy To Use
Grammarly is the least complicated writing service I’ve ever used. I downloaded Grammarly’s desktop application and was able to directly access Grammarly’s writing suggestions from Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and most other sites I visit on a day-to-day basis.
Pro tip: There’s even the Grammarly Keyboard for mobile writing assistance as you move between classes, apps, platforms, documents, and emails.
While the free version is still useful, I have to say that Grammarly Premium is an investment I’m glad I made. With annual options as well, I’m a better writer for a price that’s more affordable than what I spend on clothes, supplies, and toiletries.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I listened to my roommate and gave Grammarly a try. It’s truly changed the way I write, edit, and present my work!