Writing for University

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

All our resources are available for free educational use under a Creative Commons licence. You are welcome to link to them, use them and adapt them if necessary for your students, but please acknowledge LearnHigher as authors.

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Creative Learning Activity Cards

Creative Learning Activity Cards are an interactive teaching and learning resource for students of creative subjects at Foundation, BA or MA level to help scaffold student academic skills. This evidence-based resource consists of 50 activity cards divided into five sections of ten cards on: • Planning• Research• Thinking• Writing• Wild Card (includes tips for overcoming writer’s block, anxiety and procrastination, and building motivation) The cards can be used as materials in both online and face-to-face facilitated seminars or workshops, as the basis for teaching in lectures or as an independent study resource for students.To print you can use PowerPoint option of choosing number of slides per page, e.g. 4 slides per A4 and cut them out. You could also choose single page and print the desired ones to full A4 so they can be used as A4 handouts. Another option could be using photo paper, e.g. 10x15cm and print them individually (select 'fill whole page' option via printer setting).

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Types of media: Worksheet, Slides, PowerPoint File, Interactive Learning Object

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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

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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, 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

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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, Quiz

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