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Grammarly's new AI tools for students roll out for back-to-school season

Here's what Grammarly for Students can do for you (and with you).
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Editor
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For over a decade, Grammarly has been a go-to tool for proofreading text. Now, by further harnessing generative AI, Grammarly has expanded its scope of assistance with new AI-powered features designed to help students throughout the entire writing process. 

In late July, Grammarly first announced its AI-powered student features, which include ideation prompts, feedback prompts, auto-citations delineating generative AI use, and AI guideline reminders. Now, one month later, the new Grammarly student features are live.

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On the landing page for Grammarly for Students, the company claims it has "Everything you need to ace your assignments."  There, you can learn more about all the individual features and get started by signing up for Grammarly. 

The ideation prompt feature enables students to help brainstorm plans for writing papers or assignments with prompts like "brainstorm topics for my assignment" or "build a research plan for my paper."

Grammarly says this feature encourages students to collaborate with AI instead of having the technology do all the work for them.   


The feedback prompt feature allows Grammarly to offer students feedback on their work as they write. The notes Grammarly might provide include "evaluate the strength of a thesis statement" or "explore counterarguments," according to the company. 

The feedback will also include explanations students can leverage to make the corrections, learn from their mistakes, and build their writing skills over time. 

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Both the ideation and feedback prompts are free for users but are limited to 100 monthly prompts. If more prompts are needed, users can opt for Grammarly Premium, which gives users up to 1,000 monthly prompts for both features. 

The auto-citation feature is meant to help students credit the appropriate sources for their work when leveraging generative AI. With auto-citations for ChatGPT, students can easily credit the chatbot for its assistance with essays. 


An auto-citations feature for Grammarly's generative AI will go live in September.

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Finally, AI guideline reminders are now live throughout the site and are meant to help students remember how to use AI responsibly. 

Grammarly isn't the only company releasing AI in time for this back-to-school season. 

Recently, Chegg partnered with Scale AI to develop proprietary large language models (LLMs) to develop a personalized learning assistant. Quizlet also launched four generative AI tools for studying this month. 

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