Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing Improvement | Africa and Middle East

David Hume

David Hume

Student: University of Cape Town, South Africa

“I think if it wasn’t for improving writing, I would have still been stuck in a small town now and not knowing better. I would have never travelled. I would have never published papers or had the opportunity to leave a legacy or have a career. So this whole award, it’s much more than just writing improvement, it’s about working up your life and moulding up your life to the best possible form and journey it can take.”

As someone who struggled with writing at school Turnitin has had a transformative effect on David’s life in many ways. Currently studying medicine and surgery at the University of Cape Town in order to fulfil his lifelong ambition to become a surgeon, Turnitin has enabled David to improve his academic writing abilities so much that he is now a published author who has contributed to many scholarly publications. David also works with children in rural areas of South Africa to develop their literacy skills.

The one key feature of Turnitin that David found invaluable in his writing development was the Similarity `report, something which he feels is vital when submitting research to any reputable scholarly journal, as he says:

“Originality is always one of the first things that they critique.”  He admits that during his studies, like so many students, “I struggled so much just keeping track of what was mine.”

After he completes his studies, David has many plans for the future. Not only does he want to advance his research and clinical career, but also to further indulge his passion for writing development by continuing to assist those in rural Africa to develop vital writing and literacy skills.

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