Learning Development Service

Contact Info

Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618

E-mail: lds@qub.ac.uk

Office Hours

Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.

2011 Teaching Award Recipient

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Writing Skills

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.

Essay Writing

Essay Writing: The Essentials 

(This booklet takes you through all the steps involved in essay writing.)


Question Key Words


Writing Introductions and Conclusions






Essay Checklist

  Essay writing video
General writing resources Academic Conventions and Formatting
  Proofreading strategies
  Writer's Block
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
  Comma usage
  Structuring Sentences
  Verb usage
  Grammatical Terms
Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing Critical Analysis
  Critical Writing
  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

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