Tools to Create Graphs, Tables and Equations in Academic Writing — Latex,, Asana and more

Renee LIN
4 min readMar 24, 2022

I wrote my confirmation report for the last 3 months, revised, revised and revised. The first lesson I learn is the importance of graphs, tables and equations. I love graphs all the time, since I love anything presented visually pleasing, e.g. Japanese food. The tables for a list of papers is nice, I think my supervisor like that table. Equations are sort of compulsory. I’d like to summarise how I use tools to create those stuff.

Before introducing those tools I have to mention Latex [1]first, I started using it last year since my supervisor recommended it. It took a while to familiarise with at first, but once you get used to it you will find it very helpful, especially for people who don’t know how to arrange the layout in Microsoft Word like me. So the tables and equation tools are related to Latex, I used tools that can directly provide Latex format files. How to use Latex is worth another article, I’d like to write about it in the future.

1. Graph


This is my favourite online drawing tool, which I’ve already written about it in this article: Drawing Cloud Architectures, Neural Network Diagrams and more with [2]

The amazing part about it is you can search for all sorts of symbols. For example, I wanted to create two cars on the road, there is no way for me to draw cars myself. Just type “cars”

and those handy cloud drawings

(2) Figma

This one is actually for web design, I don’t know how to use it properly. It just looks so nice, I used to draw a poster for an assignment. The default shapes are pretty.

Renee LIN

Passionate about web dev and data analysis. Huge FFXIV fan. Aiming to work with healthcare data for a living in 2024.