Students struggling with writing essays and reports can get a range of support through the Disabled Students Allowances. For example, the funding can provide mind mapping and voice recognition software, spelling and grammar checking applications, and one-to-one specialist study skills support.
However, there are also some great tools available to support writing that anyone can use, free of charge. One option for students struggling with their writing style is to look at the Academic Phrasebank. A website set up by John Morley at the University of Manchester, this offers a wealth of support for academic writing by providing sample phrases to use.
So, if you are not sure about how to define a key term in your essay then the phrasebank offers a host of suggestions, such as:
‘The term ‘X’ was introduced by Smith in her …‘
‘Historically, the term ‘X’ has been used to describe …‘ and
‘It is necessary here to clarify exactly what is meant by …‘
These are just a tiny example of hundreds of phrases provided by the website that you can use and adapt to suit your need. And, no need to worry about plagiarism – as the site explains; ‘The items in the Academic Phrasebank are mostly content neutral and generic in nature; in using them, therefore, you are not stealing other people’s ideas, and this does not constitute plagiarism.’