In our age of technology, it’s about time for a mainstream grammar checker to enter our academic knowledge. Grammarly, an extension you can use to essentially “proofread” your paper, is one such player in this field.
As tutors, our preference will always be for human interaction when it comes to grammatical concepts. Every document is unique, and tailored advice is necessary. Moreover, comprehension is key to make sure issues reduce overtime, and we aim to instill independence into students so they will rely on themselves and their knowledge rather than an online checker.
It’s important that you be comfortable with the rules of grammar and style first lest you run the risk of software ruling your paper. So, let’s outline a few suggestions when using Grammarly and like-minded platforms:
- Use Grammarly for concepts you’re familiar with.
- Use Grammarly as a final checker once you’ve proofread your work yourself and/or you’ve had someone else read it with you. We’ve talked about this idea before.
- Use Grammarly to introduce you to concepts first, then research the mistake and correction on your own.
- Rely on Grammarly to catch everything.
- Take Grammarly’s suggestions as gospel. Sometimes it’s perfectly fine to break the rules!
- Use Grammarly in place of learning and understanding the material.
- Assume all of Grammarly’s suggestions match the genre you’re writing. Fiction writing, for example, is a lot more fluid in its grammar rules.
Imparting confidence in your writing and your ability to self-edit is equally, if not more so, important than catching every grammar mistake within a paper. We have a detailed post about learning how to catch and correct errors on your own without relying on an automated software as a middleman between you and your grammar comprehension.
Go forth and Grammarly on, but remember too that robots can’t replace your brain (at least, not yet).