Writing for University

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ writing for university skills.

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Excelling at critical analysis: a 3-stage method with an image

The aim of this activity is to clarify the difference between descriptive and analytical writing and emphasise the importance of research-based argument. Participants engage in an interactive 3-stage exercise that interrogates a (visual) text in order to generate a piece of academic writing.

Activity time: 1 hour

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File, PDF File

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Videos to develop dissertation writing

Discuss the requirements of each dissertation chapterApply the advice to your own dissertation

Activity time: Videos from 13-22 minutes each, but further time needed to complete activities

Types of media: PowerPoint File, PDF File, Video

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Using an academic glossary

Academic glossary booklet, and slides and activity sheet

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Essays: Conclusion paragraphs

Identify common parts in conclusion paragraphs for essays.

Activity time: 2 minutes

Types of media: Video

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CVs, Covering Letters and Personal Statements Proofreading Checklist for SPAG

To increase awareness of common spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) errors that are made in CVs, covering letters and personal statements.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, PDF File

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Easy Proofreading Wins with Microsoft Word

By completing these learning resources, students will be able to: Appreciate the limits and uses of Microsoft Word in aiding proofreading beyond built-in spelling and grammar checks. Use A-Z sort, Find, and Find and Replace to eliminate common proofreading errors efficiently. Find further free sources of developmental support for proofreading skills.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document, PDF File, Quiz

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