FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No such thing as a silly question
Below you will find answers to all your questions. Well, okay, maybe not all the questions you might ever ask of the universe, but a good sampling of questions you might have about EssayJack!
What is EssayJack?
EssayJack is a digital essay-structuring tool designed for students writing Humanities/Liberal Arts persuasive/argumentative essays. It breaks the essay-drafting process down into easy-to-use boxes with tips and drop down menus of potential transitional phrases. See our Writing Workshop #1 for more.
Will EssayJack guarantee me a better grade on my essays?
No. Buuuuuuut, at EssayJack, we believe there is a two-way relationship between form and content. When students are comfortable with the structure and expectations of academic essays, then there is less writing anxiety, which can produce better writing.
But there’s a good chance EssayJack might improve my grade on my essays?
Yes and no. In our testing, teachers said that their students wrote better essays after using EssayJack than before, but EssayJack doesn’t do the thinking for you. You think, we help!
Will EssayJack work for all kinds of essays?
Yes and no. EssayJack is really designed for those writing persuasive/argumentative essay drafts in Humanities/Liberal Arts courses – so courses like History or Classics or English or Religion etc. – but you can use its basic scaffolding to organize your ideas for a number of different types of essay drafts. Educators can customize the templates for specific kinds of essays (so get your teachers and profs to get in touch with us!).
Can I download EssayJack?
No. At present, EssayJack is a web-based tool that requires you log on and use it while connected to the internet.
Can I work offline?
No. At present, you must be connected to the internet to use EssayJack.
Who designed EssayJack?
A couple of big nerds with lots of degrees who have written lots of essays. See our About Us page for more info on EssayJack’s founders.
Who is EssayJack?
That’s the million dollar question! EssayJack is your writing buddy, your guide, and your reader. EssayJack reminds you that you never write alone. Who is EssayJack to you?
Is using EssayJack considered cheating?
No. EssayJack doesn’t give you any content for your essay drafts, but only the structure and connecting bits. You still have to use your own brains.
What do you mean by essay “draft”?
EssayJack builds an essay draft for you in real time, with a live word counter, but at the end, you’ll still need to edit what you’ve produced to make sure that it’s in your own style and sticks to any requirements your particular teacher or professor might have.
Does EssayJack format my footnotes/endnotes for me?
No. Right now the citation function is pretty basic in EssayJack since different teachers, courses, and professors require a different way of formatting, so you have to do that yourself. Sorry!
Will EssayJack correct all my spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes for me?
No. And yes. If you use EssayJack as an individual subscriber, then it is up to you to check your spelling and grammar, or have that checked for you by one of the many tools out there. But if you use EssayJack as part of a larger institution, your educator can provide you with feedback – including feedback on spelling and grammar – right through our tool.
I am a graduate student. Can EssayJack work for me?
Yes. Research shows that as the sophistication of the writing task increases, the organization and structure often suffers accordingly. EssayJack can help any level of writer produce a quick, well-ordered draft or outline.
I’m only in middle school. Can I use EssayJack?
Yes. 83 of our very first EssayJack testers were grade 8 students and 98% said they liked it enough to recommend it to their friends. It helps if you know something about basic essay structure, but EssayJack can help you out even if you don’t know anything!
Can I use EssayJack for writing up labs or reports?
No. EssayJack is particular to argumentative/persuasive essays. We’re working on developing other types of products…but you’ll just have to wait for those (or tell Google to buy us for a few billion dollars, and then we’ll build other versions super duper fast!)
I don’t speak or write English very well. Can I still use EssayJack?
Yes. EssayJack’s tips and prompts use straightforward language to help you out. If you are really struggling with English language, then you’ll need some language aids to use it well. The good news is that the British Council and Cambridge English have ranked EssayJack as one of the top English Language Teaching tools in the world!
I’m a teacher/principal/professor and want to use EssayJack in my class. Can I?
Yes. You can have your own EssayJack account and demo it in your class, encouraging your students to get their own accounts to become best friends with EssayJack. Or you can Contact us about educator-enabled accounts.
I want my whole school/university/division to use EssayJack. Can I buy a license or bulk subscription?
You better believe it! Contact us for details to enable multiple accounts with both student and educator functionality.