Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618
Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.
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Developing your writing skills is an important part of your academic education. While written assignments are a way to assess your learning, it is also an opportunity for you, as a student, to really get to grips with your subject. Within these assignments you should always aim to show that you have both understood what you are learning about and that you are able to put ideas/arguments/theories into context and together with other relevant material.
Different assignments, however, require different approaches and styles. For that purpose we have created some short guides on different types of written assignments including essay writing, literature reviews and learning journals; as well as general writing tips and grammar.
(This booklet takes you through all the steps involved in essay writing.)
|Essay writing video
|General writing resources||Academic Conventions and Formatting|
|Literature Review||Literature Reviews: Six steps to success|
|Critical Notetaking sheet|
|How to Organise Your Literature Review|
|Report Writing||Interactive Resource (requires Flash)|
|Report writing video|
|Learning Journal||Learning Journals and Reflective Writing|
|Reflective writing video|
|Dissertation /thesis writing||Structuring your thesis|
|Exploring grammar for PhD writers|
|Gathering research for your dissertation|
|Grammar and Punctuation||Punctuation|
|Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing||Critical Analysis|
|Critical thinking, reading and writing (from essay writing booklet).|
|Critical notes sheet|
For further help and guidance there are workshops covering different forms of academic writing, and all students can also book one-to-one sessions with a Learning Development Tutor. Have a look at other useful web resources here.