Black Belt College Writing Skills

The Tools You Need for Every Paper You Write
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Whether you are a native English speaker or an English language learner, a college student or a graduate student who needs a refresher, this course will help you master the essentials of academic writing. As a long-time writing professor and academic writing coach, I am excited to share the secrets of making your professors (and everyone else) happy to read your writing. I will coach you on how to read, understand, and respond appropriately to any academic writing assignment. We will look at common questions about the use of first person vs. third person and active vs. passive voice. You will learn to maximize your grades by minimizing common writing errors. The class is designed to pack a lot of learning into a short amount of time so that you can apply your skills to your very next assignment. Use the video lessons and custom workbook to hone your understanding and practice your skills. Best of all, the skills you learn in this class are applicable to every paper you write in college and will serve you well on the job or in applications. Join me for a fresh, fun look at academic writing.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge necessary. Helpful to have your writing assignments handy.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how to read and "attack" paper assignments
  • Use first, second, and third person appropriately
  • Learn strategies for integrating quotations without fear of plagiarism
  • Decide whether active or passive voice are appropriate for a given context.
  • Know how to avoid overgeneralizing.
  • Wow your professors with clear, correct academic writing.
  • Avoid common writing pitfalls.

What is the target audience?

  • College or graduate students writing in English
  • Native speakers and English language learners
  • Anyone who wants to learn the essentials of academic writing

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:46
Understand the crucial role that the paragraph plays in academic writing and how to construct a paragraph that has a topic sentence, is coherent, and is the right length.
Section 2: Unit 1: Reading and Responding to Paper Assignments
Reading and Responding to Paper Assignments Overview
Preview
01:04
Reading and Responding to Assignments
Preview
08:22
Section 3: Unit 2: Creating Meaningful Paragraphs
Creating Meaningful Paragraphs Overview
00:53
Creating Meaningful Paragraphs Lesson
06:18
Section 4: Unit 3: Writing Introductions
00:57

The introduction is a unique genre that requires very specific skills. We will look at different expectations of the introduction and different ways to create one.

Writing Introductions Lesson
05:04
Section 5: Unit 4: Generalize Responsibly
01:00

Making generalizations is necessary in academic work, but over generalizing weakens your arguments and credibility. Learn how to generalize responsibly using key phrases.

Generalize Responsibly Lesson
02:52
Section 6: Unit 5: I, You, They: First, Second, Third Person
Unit 5 I, You, They: First, Second, and Third Person Overview
02:30
Unit 5 I, You, They: First, Second, and Third Person Lesson
05:16
Section 7: Unit 6: Using Quotations Effectively
01:05

All academic work is a dialogue with other thinkers and quotations are one of the main ways we engage with other texts in our writing. Learn how to incorporate quotes responsibly and without risk of plagiarism.

Using Quotations Effectively Lesson
09:06
Section 8: Unit 7: Rookie Mistakes You're Not Gonna Make
00:24

Common grammar, spelling, and punctuation are a dead give-away that you're a beginner. Clean up your act with this quick easy refresher on basic rules.

Unit 7: Rookie Mistakes You're Not Gonna Make Lesson
08:43
Section 9: Unit 8: Using Active and Passive Voice
Unit 8: Active and Passive Voice Overview
00:47
Unit 8: Active and Passive Voice Lesson
06:51
Section 10: Unit 9: Why You Should Reread Your Work
Reread Your Work Overview
00:26
Reread Your Work Lesson
02:27
Section 11: Wrap Up and Ready to Roll
Unit 1 Wrap Up and Review
00:11

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Daveena Tauber, Academic Writing Consultant

My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.

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