Starting an assessment in a new platform can be tricky, especially when students are used to working in different ways. Here at Cadmus, we understand this. That's why we're always striving to make things easier and more enjoyable for students working in the platform. If you're introducing students to Cadmus for the first time, here are a few of our favourite features and tips to help them get the most out of the platform.
When it comes to producing error-free writing, Grammarly has quickly become the preferred tool for students and professionals. It picks up on simple grammatical errors, like missed capitalisation, as well as more complex suggestions like misplaced words. It's a fantastic upgrade from the default Cadmus spell check. If students already use Grammarly in their browser, they'll see the suggestions automatically when they start writing in Cadmus. Alternatively for new users, they'll just need to add the Grammarly extension to their browser in order to see any suggestions in Cadmus.
We've all struggled with our hands being unable to keep up with our thoughts during a flash of inspiration while writing. For students looking to save time and create a smooth working rhythm, the keyboard shortcuts available in Cadmus are exactly what they need. Students can switch between heading styles, lists and more with just a few clever keys.
We've seen plenty of assessments that require students to stick to specific word limits for sections or paragraphs, as well as an overall total word count. Here's a neat trick to help students track this in Cadmus: highlight a block of text to see the word count for the section in the top-right corner of the Work space.
Another great tip for students is to utilise the designated Notes space. Since work in the Notes area doesn't get submitted through Cadmus, students can use it to collect research, plan, and collect their thoughts. For Instructions that include checklists, this is where students can copy them in and check off steps as they go.
Whether it's referencing help, tips on academic writing, or links to the library database — Cadmus Manual has it covered. This handy guide that lives in the Student Environment is a great place to start for students new to Cadmus. By getting a clear idea of the helpful resources available in-app before beginning, students will be able to refer back to these throughout their assignment.
We're constantly adding new features to improve the experience for students. Keep an eye out for some exciting updates coming to Cadmus Manual soon!
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