Getting Started with Grammarly

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Free access to Grammarly Premium for all faculty, staff, and students

This teaching tip was prepared by Conestoga College’s Library Services department.

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What is Grammarly?

Faculty, staff, and students now have free access to Grammarly Premium. Using AI-technology, Grammarly automatically analyzes a piece of writing’s tone, style, and grammar and even offers a similarity checker to help prevent plagiarism.

How Can Students Use Grammarly?

Grammarly can help your students to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally whether they are revising an essay, writing an email, or adding content to an online blog. Watch the video below to learn how to download an extension into Outlook, Word, or Chrome. 

(Conestoga College Library, 2020) 

Is Using Grammarly Cheating?

No – the Writing Services team and Academic Integrity Coordinator assert that using Grammarly in course work is not cheating for the following reasons: 

  1. Grammarly cannot provide any content ideas or think critically about how the student is organizing ideas and integrating research 
  2. Students must actively choose which suggestions to apply to their writing 
  3. Grammarly teaches students how to correct writing errors 
  4. Grammar checking software is widely available, and it is a standard feature in most word processing programs (Toncic, 2020, p. 41) 

Allowing students to use Grammarly in courses that do not directly teach western, academic English skills can help all students communicate their ideas. In courses that do teach these skills directly, you may want to explore Grammarly before you recommend it to students. 

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about Grammarly Premium or connect your students with additional writing support, please contact Writing Services.

  1. Book an Appointment
  2. Attend Drop-in
  3. Schedule an In-Class Workshop
  4. Email Us


Toncic, J. (2020). Teachers, AI grammar checkers, and the newest literacies: Emending writing pedagogy and assessment. Digital Culture & Education, 12(1), 26-51.


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