Academic Writing Essentials: University Writing Crash Course
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Academic Writing Essentials: University Writing Crash Course

Learn the strategies, tools, and secrets to write successfully at the college level
4.5 (676 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
13,145 students enrolled
Created by Mike Taylor
Last updated 11/2014
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write with clarity and precision
  • Develop and support your own ideas persuasively
  • Build your own unique style, voice, and flow
  • Organize your ideas logically and with clear transitions
  • Find and incorporate sources effectively
  • Master the basics of sentence structure, formatting, and punctuation
  • Understand how to approach various common writing assignments
  • A desire to learn
  • A basic fluency in English

Join your personal writing coach today as you learn the tools and strategies necessary to begin writing successfully at the college level.

Learn How to Approach and Excel at Any Academic Writing Assignment

·Understand academic writing expectations

·Develop clear thesis statements

·Outline and organize effectively

·Structure strategically

·Master the mechanics (grammar, punctuation, etc.)

·Find and use sources powerfully

·Write exceptionally well!

Work with Your One-on-One Writing Coach

My goal with this course goes far beyond providing you with a series of useful lectures. My goal is to interact with you as your personal writing coach to help you consistently write successfully at the college level. In other words, with this course you will benefit both from the content and from unlimited access to an expert in college writing, who has taught academic writing to all levels of high school and university throughout the world.

·Participate in an active writing forum community

·Benefit from unlimited reviews of your preliminary writing (i.e. thesis statements, outlines, research topics, etc.)

·Interact through a 60 minute, one-on-one office hour

·Receive a detailed review of one larger writing project (i.e. a term paper, application essay, exam, etc.)

Content and Overview

By working through the 45 lectures of this course alongside my personal commitment to your development as a writer, you will gain the skills and confidence you need to write well in any field and at any college level. Whether you're in your first year or fourth, an international student, returning to college after years away, or preparing to enter your university experience soon, discover the strategies, tools, and secrets necessary to become an exceptional academic writer.

Beginning with a series of lectures on the writing process, this course will walk you through the fundamentals of brainstorming, outlining, developing, and presenting your ideas persuasively. You will learn how to develop strong thesis statements, construct supporting paragraphs, and engage your audience through effective introductions and conclusions. You will understand how to approach the most common academic writing assignments and learn how to write resumes, cover letters, and graduate school admissions essays. Most importantly, you will have access to unlimited personal and professional feedback to your questions, concerns, anxieties, and writing.

Completing this course will provide you with the essential tools and coaching to ensure you ace your next college essay.

Who this course is for:
  • University students needing to improve their writing
  • Returning university students needing a refresher
  • High School students wanting to prepare for university
  • International students writing in English
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 03:57:01
+ The Writing Process
5 lectures 36:27

This lecture discusses the critical step of prewriting in the writing process. It also provides concrete examples of two prewriting strategies.


This lecture illustrates how to transition from prewriting to developing a solid beginning outline.


This is a brief introduction of the basic parts of any paper and how to transition from an outline to a first draft.


This lecture concludes The Writing Process with an in-depth discussion of and key strategies for the revision process.


Test your knowledge of the writing process

The Writing Process
3 questions
+ Organizing Your Ideas
6 lectures 45:53

This lecture introduces you to the essentials of writing great academic titles.


In this lecture, we walk through the basic purposes and functions of thesis statements. I also provide you with effective thesis templates for developing your own solid thesis statements.

Thesis Statements

This lecture teaches how to effectively introduce your ideas and intellectual intervention.


This lecture provides instruction on how to write unified, coherent paragraphs that support and remain focused on your central argument.


This lecture briefly describes the main areas of transition in college writing and provides a list of categories and key terms of transition.

Preview 04:49

Here are some tips and examples of how to finish off your papers in a concise and powerful way.


Review the key instructions for organizing your ideas.

Organizing Your Ideas
3 questions
+ Developing Your Writing Style
7 lectures 47:17

Begin to develop you personal writing style by learning how to use parallel structure.

Parallel Structure

A brief review on the four basic sentence types and how to vary between these types to develop an intricate prose style.

Sentence Structure

Tips on improving the consistency of your writing.

Avoiding Shifts

Learn how to distinguish, revise, and effectively shift between active and passive voice.

Active and Passive Voice

Here are some strategies for making your writing more concise.


This lecture walks through the different levels of diction, discusses how to select the appropriate level, and how to strengthen your vocabulary.

Diction/Vocabulary Building

Learn how to incorporate quotations correctly and effectively into your writing.

Using Quotations and Avoiding Plagiarism

Remember some of the keys to developing your own writing style

Developing Your Writing Style
3 questions
+ Punctuation Crash Course
5 lectures 35:16

Learn the basic uses of commas and how to avoid the most common comma mistakes.

Commas and Comma Splices

Teaches the basics of apostrophes for showing omission, possession, and plurals.


This lecture gives you all you need to begin using the colon, semicolon, hyphen, and dash correctly.

Colon, Semicolon, Hyphen, and Dash

This lesson provides the essentials of punctuating properly with quotations and citations.

Quotations and Citations

This lecture provides all you need to know about proper capitalization.


Test how well you have remembered the basics of punctuation

3 questions
+ Common College Writing Assignments
6 lectures 48:21

Learn how to turn your opinion editorial from an emotional rant to a well-crafted, persuasive essay.

Preview 07:14

This lecture provides critical tools and strategies to writing a successful rhetorical analysis.

Rhetorical Analysis

This lecture teaches how to move beyond plot summary in order to develop an argumentative essay about literature.

Literary/Textual Analysis

This lecture discusses how to choose a narrow research topic, how to find sources efficiently, how to take effective notes, and how to use your research to support your own original claim.

Research Paper

Timed essays are some of the most important and demanding assignments you will have to write in college. Most professors, however, assume that students should already know how to write well and thus choose not to teach the essential strategies of successful timed essays. This lecture provides those necessary tips and tools.

Timed Essays

This lecture teaches how to select and discuss meaningful personal experiences in an academic setting.

Personal Essays

Review what is expected from different common college essay types.

Common College Essay Types
3 questions
+ Pre-Professional Writing
3 lectures 21:20

Learn the essentials of resume writing.


Here are some essential tips for writing a successful graduate school admissions essay.

Graduate School Admissions Essays
Cover Letters and Follow-Up Letters
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 02:27

A brief thank you, review of course goals, and reminder of extra offers for students of this course

Conclusion - Offer for Future Writing Assistance