Being accepted by a school that is your first pick is something that can determine the course of your career and, subsequently, the course of your entire life. It is not something that should be taken lightly, and deserves your careful deliberation and consideration.
However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford their top picks. Money is still a consideration in these matters and as much as we wish for it not to be, its important to face facts – schools cost money and good schools cost a lot of money.
Luckily, if you’ve worked hard enough your entire life you just might qualify for a scholarship. A lot of our best and brightest got a shot of attending their school of choice thanks to the scholarship system.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, your application has to be perfect. Grammar, syntax, vocabulary, punctuation –everything, basically–has to be flawless. Otherwise, you won’t even make it pass the first hurdle.
Here’s why proofreading is a very important part of the process.
1. Making sure you’ve got every detail just right
Sometimes you’ll write something and think it’s good enough. Your application essay should not be one of those things. Making sure you get everything down will help you go a long way towards winning a scholarship. Proofreading will help you spot the holes in your story and give you an opportunity to add important details that will help your cause.
2. Answering all the questions
When writing, most people get engrossed in what they want to say that they completely forget about answering a set of questions. Reviewers do not appreciate this all that much. Proofreading helps you catch and correct this blunder on time.
3. Getting grammar and punctuation where you want them to be
Hey, everyone makes mistakes and it really isn’t that big of a deal. What is a big deal is turning in an application that is riddled with mistakes and thinking that it’s going to get a passing mark. What this does is signal to the reviewers that you really don’t want to get in all that badly; otherwise, you would have taken the time to go through your writing and would have corrected those glaring mistakes.
Thank God for those. Proofreading tools are your best friend in this case. You won’t be able to catch all of your mistakes at a glance but a tool does more than glance at your writing – it analyzes it and makes suggestions on how you can improve it.
I’ll start with the most obvious one, Grammarly. Grammarly is a free online tool that will analyze your writing and point out the most glaring mistakes, such as verb agreement and duplicate pronouns. The paid version will go beyond that and make recommendations on how to improve your writing style.
2. Paper Rater
This is another excellent tool that will go beyond simply correcting your mistakes. It also has a built-in plagiarism checker that will come in handy. Also, this tool will analyze your work and give you an honest feedback on how it would be rated and what you can do to improve it.
3. Royal Essays – Not all of us are born to write. Royal Essays is a great online essay writing service to which you can turn in your hour of need. They can do the work for you or analyze your essay and help make it completely irresistible to reviewers. With their help you just might have that scholarship in the bag.
Another in the line of grammar and punctuation tools, Ginger is advanced in a way as it will also catch those little mistakes such as wrong article placement. Those can escape even the most advanced software so it’s always a good idea to double-check things with Ginger.
5. Slick Write
If you really want to make sure that your writing is on par both grammatically and stylistically, you will turn to Slick Write. This advanced tool will help you take your writing to a whole new level.
Infographic by: StudentScholarshipSearch.com