5 writing tools to help your students beat learning loss

“Given the ongoing shutdowns and the cumulative impact of learning loss, it is too early to fully assess the pandemic’s impact on student learning. Most countries suspended their usual year-end assessments and examinations at the end of the last school year, and some also chose to forgo regular formative assessments when students returned to class. Many also tweaked the format and pacing of remote classes to increase learning. That said, studies from several countries suggest that school shutdowns in the second quarter of 2020 put students up to six months behind the academic milestones their cohorts would typically be expected to reach.”1 So writes a McKinsey report on global learning loss during this pandemic.


They continue to suggest that students could be anywhere from 2 to 6 months behind their expected target learning objectives and that the economic fallout from this disparity may have repercussions for generations to come.

This pandemic has widened the achievement gaps for at-risk students and locales, and in the fall educators may be faced with the largest gap between student abilities that they’ve seen in their careers to date.

Students with devices at home, safe and secure spaces to practice at-home learning, economic security and stability, reliable internet access, one-to-one device access, and other benefits at home will necessarily have fared better than their classmates without those advantages.

Educators will be faced with both types of students (and everything in between) once face-to-face learning resumes completely.

Having trusted, asynchronistic EdTech tools already vetted will be helpful for educators at every level. You can then point students in the direction of additional resources and then focus attention where it is most needed. 

Here are some of our top picks in the literacy space – be it English for Academic Purposes or Basic Language Arts:

  1. Vocab Victor: This gamified app to help students master English vocabulary was created by a linguist PhD with years of expertise in the field. It’s the real deal.
  2. Fictionary: If you are teaching editing or creative writing, we cannot recommend this tool enough. Simply upload the draft of your story, and the software helps to structurally hone and refine it.
  3. No Red Ink: This can be an educator’s best friend when it comes to helping teach the nuts and bolts of writing, especially grammar and syntax.
  4. Newsela: This repository provides reliable, news-related non-fiction texts for students to read and analyze. It’s better than sending them off on a google search for content!
  5. EssayJack: Of course we’re biased, but our software lets students start writing any number of academic pieces with tips, prompts, sentence starters, and video guidance to help them get going on their own!

If we all work together, then this learning loss facing today’s students won’t mar them for a generation to come.



If you’re looking for strategies and a plan to help your students catch up on their writing skills come the new academic year, then join us for a webinar with our educator turned CEO Dr. Lindy Ledohowski. Click here for more details and registration.

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