Resources:5 Tools I Used Most In School

Now that everyone has gotten the hang of their new classes, I thought it would be nice to have tips on how to use the online resources to help you when writing papers. Listed below are the 5 tools I used most while in school.

  1. I don’t have a computer. Where do I type my papers?
(Tip: When you get your first financial aid disbursement you should invest in a small Chromebook. Find them online at Best Buy for as low as $150.)

  • If you don’t have a computer at home don't worry, your college campus has a Computer or Media Lab that is available to you for FREE. Be sure to check the Lab hours usually posted on the front door. You will have to pay for printing, so be sure to have your ID card on you. If you need help with loading money on your ID let me know.

  • Another option would be the East Bay Works location closest to your home. If we’ve met there before you should have your EBW card with you when you go. The computer time and printing is FREE. ( Visit the website for locations. Type your zip and the nearest location will be under Adult Services Providers.

  • Lastly, FedEx locations have computer and printer access at select locations, so be sure to call and check before arriving. This option is the most expensive and should only be used in emergencies, like your paper is due tomorrow. ( Visit the website for locations. Type your zip and the nearest location will appear on a map.

2. How do I type my paper and save my work?
  • FREE through your Gmail account, Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. All of your work is automatically saved and you can access it anywhere.

3. How do I check my spelling?

4. How do I find better words to use in my papers?
  • - the largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Quickly find synonyms and antonyms.

  • An example of how I use is when I feel I use a word too often, like “educated.” I go to and search “educated,” some results I get are: accomplished, informed and trained.

5. How to I revise my work after a first draft?
  • helps improve writing style & grammar and teaches students to self-edit. Basically, it finds things that grammarians consider bad, highlights them, and suggests improvements. So writers can measure progress, it gives a "score" based on problems per document length, updated whenever the writer fixes a problem.

Created by: Reina Robinson


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