Writing is not a single skill. In fact, writing requires a complex performance of many skills to succeed. For example, a good academic paper requires you to:
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Reading as a writer (PDF): Learning how to read as a writer is a great way of improving your own writing.
Source evaluation table (PDF): Helps to organise your thoughts and your research before you start writing.
Note making (PDF): Making the most of your notes is a way of improving the focus and clarity of your writing.
Annotated bibliography (PDF): This is a great way of engaging with sources in a critical way during the research phase.
Freewriting (PDF) Try this excercise as a way of changing chaotic and disorganised thoughts into new and clear ideas.
Outlining (PDF): Helps you to structure your assignment and retain your focus throughout the process of writing.
Refining thesis statements (PDF): Refine your thesis statement to maintain focus and clarity in your writing.
Reverse outlining (PDF): Get to grips with the structure and focus of your paper by reverse outlining.
Introductions (PDF): A quick look at how to write and structure an effective introduction.
Paraphrasing (PDF): Avoid plagiarism by learning how to paraphrase in a clear and accurate manner.
Proofreading (PDF): Learn how to edit and proofread your own work before submission.
Writing Paraphrases – University of North Carolina. Students often struggle with this.
The Writing Process – Purdue Online Writing Lab. Various guides to help with the skills involved in writing an essay from start to finish
Academic Writing Resources – University of Coventry. Succinct guides about the writing process
Planning and Preparing to Write Assignments – University of Nottinghham. Covers various the various skills involved in writing an essay, and has a useful list of essay terms as well!
Writing Handouts - University of North Carolina. Covers lots of skills (with videos!).
Critical Analytical Thinking--A checklist
Making Your Notes Useful and Memorable
Cover Sheet Template
Checking Your Paragraphs