Websites to help you smash that essay


Referencing sucks, but it’s something you’ve got to do and got to get right.

For any first year students that have never referenced before, this website is an absolute lifesaver. We can tell you now, there’s no point writing a 10/10 essay if you’re going to screw up the referencing, because you’ll end up getting marked down.


If you spend more time procrastinating study than actually studying, then this is the app for you. Downloadable on Mac devices, as well as a Chrome extension, SelfControl allows you to block yourself from any websites and mail servers for a period of time that you choose.

Got an assignment that you need to get done in the next few hours? You’re probably going to want to block Facebook or Reddit or Twitter or Instagram or YouTube or ALL OF THEM.

Unfortunately for now the app is only available on Macs, but there is a similar app available for Androids called Cold Turkey.


Trove connects students with over 500 million pieces of content that can be used for research, essays and assignments. Think of it as Google for essay writing - with access to journals, newspaper articles, books, images, music and archived websites.

Best of all, sign up to the service is completely free.


Could your grammar skills do with a brush up? If so, Grammerly is the plug-in you need. The program takes the hard work out of proof reading everything you type on your computer - even emails and word documents. You’ll be surprised at how often you make mistakes and don’t even realise it.

Grammerly not only fixes your mistakes, but points out why you may have been incorrect, so you can avoid such errors in the future. Opt in for weekly progress email reports, and you can see how your grammar is improving over time.

The extension is currently available on Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers.

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