Faster to the finished work: 7 writing tools

Writing an academic text is a lot of work that you, as a student, usually have to do with time efficiently and with good results. Meanwhile, there are a variety of tools to facilitate the work. Of course, in the professional business we tried everything that came our way. Many tools have quickly disappeared from our everyday lives. We do not want to miss some more. We are happy to share these tips with you.

1. Dictation software

While very disappointing dictation programs populated the market a few years ago, a lot has moved in this field. Especially the current versions of Nuance Dragon combined with a good headset have become accurate and efficient. Compared to saving time, the costs can be considered relatively moderate. However, some time must first be invested in training the program to adapt the speech recognition to the speaker. Once trained, however, the amount of text increases significantly over the amount of text typed at the same time. A little more attention later requires proofreading, as can occur during dictation still isolated errors. But this attention is worthwhile in time.

2nd daylight lamp

Often, we hear from our customers that they get a leaden fatigue at the exact moment when they want to start working. The phenomenon is unfortunately not completely unknown to us. Concentration is a precious commodity that is especially rare when it is most needed. Tools that are not marketed for this purpose and still serve us well (and our coaching customers) are daylight lamps. Actually intended for light therapies to combat seasonal depression, daylight lamps move in wavelengths between 446-477 nm and are thus intended to counteract the production of the so-called sleep hormone melatonin. Without having further quantified our melatonin budget, we are pleased to report that neither we nor our customers had fallen asleep on our keyboards since the lights came in. Especially the concentration at a late hour has increased a lot with our daylight lamps. We would classify the effect clearly above that of coffee.

3. Session Manager

Since the triumphant advance of digital literature, the literature review often resembles a fight against perceived 325 open browser tabs, which not only can eventually bring the Internet line to its knees, but also quickly put the author in distress. Our deep respect for all those who keep track. If you are not one of them (we are not), these nice little session manager addons, which are freely available for every browser, are very important to you. This makes it possible to have sessions, i. save all open browser windows and tabs under any keywords (for example, topic segments, date or whatever) and recall them collectively when needed. This is especially handy so you do not have to leave already felt 250 tabs alone so you can find the sources again afterwards. Also, session managers have the ability to quickly recover lost sources when needed.

4. Translation software

Even with really good foreign language skills, one often reaches its limits in the evaluation of international research literature. This problem does not even have to be owed to the viewer. Frequently, especially internationally published, English-language literature is not written by native speakers and drives us as a reader ever tears in the eye. Falling back on the Google translator can also backfire. Depending on the professional orientation of the work, the result of the translator often serves humorous purposes. You do not even have to serve an exotic department. It is quite sufficient if the Google translator translates in an economic text “customer churn” with “customer churn” in order to give the matter a completely new interpretation direction. In this field, translators who recognize the subject of the text or hire a specialist area are much better off (eg Promt).

5. Literature Management

With the advent of digital literature, the literature management programs have also become more attractive. This is mainly due to the fact that the source data from many databases can be easily downloaded and fed into the document without having to laboriously implement the individual specifications of the directory guide. A comparison of programs offers z. B. the TU Munich online.

6. VPN access

Anyone who has ever tried to lug two laundry crates of library literature knows what VPN access can mean for relief. Also, with the development of access, the availability of scientific works has improved tremendously, so the VPN access has definitely earned a place on our list. Information about usage can be found here.

7. Plagiarism test

Plagiarism tests became especially popular in Guttenberg’s postal era. Although the quality of many programs in this field leaves much to be desired, there are still some viable alternatives that can show you whether or not a source of literature was too close to the original when compared. In this field, we can especially recommend the program Plagscan, which not only provides comparatively meaningful results, but is also one of the few programs on the market to be able to classify results in the scan. Other alternatives often produced results that marked almost every phrase of parlance as plagiarism, making the evaluation cumbersome.

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