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StudySoup, a research group, conducted a study on the writing skills of 20 different universities across the United States and discovered that more than half of the college students were writing below a 12th grade level. Their experiment concluded that the decrease in writing skill had a strong correlation to the increase in social media use and decrease in reading published books and magazines. While the rise of social media use is, and will inevitably define the culture in which we live; there are plenty of other software applications for students to improve both reading and writing.
For instance, last year Microsoft released numerous software updates to its Office 365 products. One of the updates, included an editor function that offers editing and feedback; the update was useful through identifying common writing mistakes and, more importantly, offering a predictive solution to those errors. Similar to the Office 365, the Hemingway application offers editing features that are not only prominent for proofreading; but, moreover, evaluates clarity and readability. In terms of higher education, the Hemingway application may serve as a relatively useful tool for college students, helping students structure both their writing style and research content to construct clear and concise arguments.
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