Writing is not a single skill--it requires a complex performance of many skills to succeed. For example, a good academic essay requires you to:
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Reading as a writer (PDF): Reading the text for the effectiveness of its writing can by very instructive. Try it!
Resource assessment table (PDF): Filling out these tables will allow you to judge your resources and begin organising your thoughts/evidence
Note making (PDF): This guide will help you make the most of your notes.
Annotated bibliography (PDF):This is possibly the most helpful strategy during the research phase. It helps you record your thoughts in an organised way.
Freewriting (PDF) This exercise works for some people to change chaotic, disorganised thoughts into new, clear ideas.
Outlining (PDF): Get organised!
Refining thesis statements (PDF): Refine, refine, refine. This is what guides your essay, make sure it is relevant and focused
Reverse outlining (PDF): This exercise allows you to assess and improve the organisation of your draft without starting over.
Introductions (PDF): Make these clear with an effective structure.
Paraphrasing (PDF): This is a crucial step to clear expression without plagiarising.
Proofreading (PDF): These tips will help you to finish strong. Please don't rush this part.
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