This is a tool to estimate how many pages long your paper will be, depending on word count and font name. You can use this tool when you write and also when you order from an academic writing website.
Some savvy students are astute enough to use their knowledge of font (also called 'typeface') to their advantage. The tips and techniques below will prepare you to choose the best font for any situation.
Using different fonts to make your paper fill more pages. If your professor does not require any particular font, it is great to try different fonts and see which one makes your paper most impressive. Change your font from Calibri (MS Word default font) to Verdana, for example, and your paper will appear to be up to 20-25% longer. That means a paper that fills 10 pages will fill 11 pages.
Adding more space between characters and lines. If your professor requires a particular font, you can still use the font settings to change how long the paper appears to be. Go into the 'font' feature of your word program and find the way to adjust CHARACTER SPACING. Many grad students, professors, and even professional writers do not know about this technique. Simply use the option to 'expand' the space between characters and watch how dramatically it affects the appearance of the paper. In Word, you also have the option to 'raise' the position of each line by 1 or 2 points. By adjusting the character spacing, it is possible to add a whole page to your paper.
Caution: If you expand the character spacing and raise the character position too much, your paper is going to look ridiculous and your professor may not be happy with it.
If you adjust the font and the paper is still not long enough, add headings. Adding headings and subheadings is an easy way to increase the length of your paper while also improving the clarity and organization. It is easy if you read a few paragraphs and ask yourself how the ideas in those paragraphs support the main idea of the paper. You can easily think of a good heading or subheading if you stay focused on the main idea of the paper while you review the ideas in one particular section of the paper. When you add a subheading, it makes the paper a whole line longer.
And another bonus: adding subheadings causes the paper to be separated into sections. If you add an extra space to separate each section of the paper, each subheading makes the paper two lines longer.
Changing the font to save money on professional editing. If you write a paper and send it to an academic writing/editing website for editing service, you can change it to a smaller font so it appears as a smaller editing job. This change will make the paper appear as a smaller editing job, and they might give a lower price for the work.
Use Serif fonts for papers and Sans-Serif Fonts for presentations. Two major types of font are Serif and Sans-Serif. You can also use a font from one of these categories or the other depending on whether you are writing a paper or a presentation.
- Serif fonts are a bit curly, with little hooks at the bottom of letters, and they are the most frequently used fonts in academic papers. Some examples include Times New Roman, Antiqua, and Georgia.
- Sans-Serif fonts are straight instead of curly. Considered less formal, Sans-Serif fonts are useful for presentations and website/blog content; they are easy to read too! They include Arial, Verdana, and Tahoma.
Some professors have preferences. It's a mistake to believe that any particular font is 'best' for your paper. Writing a paper is a way of communicating with your professor, so it really is wise to email the professor and ask for a suggestion about the best font to use for papers in the class. The key to success, especially in graduate school, is to focus on demonstrating that you are receptive to the wisdom your professor wants to impart on you.