Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Innovation in Education, Science, and Culture, ICIESC 2023, 24 October 2023, Medan, Indonesia

Research Article

Students’ Writing Skill Improvement through Virtual Writing Tutor (VWT)

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342123,
        author={Rafika Dewi Nasution and Marisi  Debora and Bahagia  Saragih and Johannes Jefria Gultom and Safrida  Lubis},
        title={Students’ Writing Skill Improvement through Virtual  Writing Tutor (VWT)},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Innovation in Education, Science, and Culture, ICIESC 2023, 24 October 2023, Medan, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICIESC},
        year={2024},
        month={1},
        keywords={virtual writing tutor writing skill essay},
        doi={10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342123}
    }
    
  • Rafika Dewi Nasution
    Marisi Debora
    Bahagia Saragih
    Johannes Jefria Gultom
    Safrida Lubis
    Year: 2024
    Students’ Writing Skill Improvement through Virtual Writing Tutor (VWT)
    ICIESC
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342123
Rafika Dewi Nasution1,*, Marisi Debora1, Bahagia Saragih1, Johannes Jefria Gultom1, Safrida Lubis1
  • 1: English and Literature Department, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Universitas Negeri Medan, Indonesia
*Contact email: FildzaFayyadh@gmail.com

Abstract

The Virtual Writing Tutor (VWT) is a free online essay editor and grammar checker designed to enhance students' writing skills. A study was conducted on 30 students from the English and Literature Department, Language and Art Faculty, and Universitas Negeri Medan to examine its impact on their writing abilities. The qualitative method used observation sheets, questionnaires, and interviews. The study found that all students were enthusiastic about using the media to improve their writing abilities. However, 45% of students were constrained by the selection of essay types and 15% claimed that some functions required a premium account. The study emphasizes that VWT should be used alongside lecturer instructions and classroom instruction to improve writing skills