Essay Writing 101: College Essays Made Easy
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Essay Writing 101: College Essays Made Easy

Essay writing for college doesn't have to be hard! Try our step-by-step guide to writing excellent university essays.
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Last updated 8/2017
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write better academic essays
  • Understand how to answer ANY essay question
  • Structure an essay with a clear introduction and conclusion
  • Write excellent main body paragraphs that build upon on your ideas and strengthen your argument
  • Be confident in answering EVERY aspect of the question
  • Use our tested template to write a flawless plan which informs your writing
  • Think critically and impress your readers
  • Be preparing for or have already started a university course
  • Be 15 or over
  • Be confident in English language (IELTS 6.0 or above if not your first language)
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above is recommended. Please check online for TOEFL/TOEIC equivalent scores.

Essay writing 101 for college or university is a step-by-step guide to writing outstanding essays for all types of essay questions. Understand what it takes to write academically and supercharge your grades.

Course updated 2017!

Over 1000 students enrolled already! Join us and learn how to get the grades you deserve!

Discover the Secrets of Writing Outstanding Academic Essays Using Proven Methods

  • Learn the dynamics of advanced academic writing
  • Reference right every time and correctly for your needs
  • Recognise all theessay types and structuresfor university study
  • Build a solid essay through proper planning and preparation
  • Test progress through our free quizzes and downloads

Together, we'll go through every stage of academic writing from analysing the question to creating a well-crafted conclusion.

There are many benefits to knowing every aspect of essay writing for college or university, which will help you to power your way through your degree and project yourself successfully into your future career. You will also be able to take these skills into writing CVs, job applications and many aspects of your career beyond university.

But mastering essay writing at university can be tricky and complicated. That's why we've brought you this course to teach you how to approach your written university assignments and how to communicate your ideas in an academic way. From thesis statements to topic sentences, all is explained inside.

Content and Overview

This essay writing 101 course contains more than 10 lectures with over 2 hours of content. It's designed for those studying at university level or preparing to do so, or for students of age 15 and over looking to improve their grades for written work and projects.

In this course, you will learn every aspect of academic writing and how to create an excellent essay.

You'll also learn how to write the perfect plan, thesis statements, topic sentences and other elements to tackle any essay question for college or university that comes your way.

By the end of the Essay Writing 101 course, you'll have the essential skills that will help you quickly analyse and answer complex questions, regardless of what level you are when you start college or university. You'll know how to produce the right type of essay to boost your grades.

You'll also receive bonus free downloads and quizzes to check your progress and reinforce concepts you've learned along the way. With these lessons, you'll find that you're able to analyse, plan and produce an outstanding academic essay for college or university in a short period of time.

Essay writing has never been so easy!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for those who want to learn how to improve their writing
  • People looking to prepare for university study will benefit greatly from this course.
  • This course will help 15-18 year olds wanting to improve on their essay/assignment scores
  • This course will also help mature students looking to come back to academic study after a break from education.
  • This course is NOT for you if: your writing involves mostly formulas and symbols
  • Equally, it is NOT for those looking for someone to write an essay for them
Course content
Expand all 28 lectures 01:54:03
+ Start Here on Your Journey to Improve Your Essay Writing
2 lectures 03:23

Discover why you can't afford to miss out on this course and all the essential elements of academic writing you'll cover in detail.

Preview 02:58

We are two brothers with a combined total of 12 years' teaching experience

We currently teach in a UK university helping students prepare for university study and write better essays

We will show you the secrets to writing better essays and provide you with a step-by-step guide to writing your way to success

By joining this course you will also become part of a community of like-minded people who can help you along the way

There will also be opportunities for getting feedback from other people on the course (your peers)

So what are you waiting for? Dive in and begin writing your way to success!

Preview 00:25
+ The Foundation for Success: Preparation & Planning
9 lectures 26:40

A run-through of all the key parts to successful preparation and planning for academic writing at university level.

Preview 02:07

Don't skip this one!

Things to do before going further!

If some questions seem impossible to answer, then this lecture is for you. Watch our methodical approach to answering ANY academic writing question and how make sure you are on track for that A-grade.

Preview 06:06

Why brainstorming is a technique you simply cannot go without if you want to achieve those higher grades and take your academic writing to the next level.

Preview 05:56
Brainstorming Quiz Question
2 questions

The key to successful writing is a successful plan. Let us show you how to get your ideas on paper (or screen) in the best way for you

Preview 00:58

Looking at tools and techniques for brainstorming and a great web resource for saving your ideas to access anywhere, and even for sharing and collaborating with friends.

Free Online Brainstorming Tool

The one video you'd be crazy to miss!

Key to Your Success: Writing a Clear Plan

Download our free academic essay plan - remember, this can be amended to your needs but the all the essential tools are there for you to get straight to work.

Preview 00:10

All the key points to take away from the preparation & planning section.

Cheat Sheet & Takeaways: Preparation & Planning

Test yourself on what you have learned in the Write Better Essays course.

Remember to leave any comments or questions in the Discussions panel on the side!

Check your progress!
10 questions
+ Framework for High Grades: Essay Structure and Organisation.
2 lectures 12:55

So you've analysed your question and written your plan - what next? Watch this video to learn how to add the depth needed to get those A-grades!

Preview 12:26

All the main points for structuring and organising an excellent essay

Cheat Sheet & Takeaways: Structure & Organisation
+ Patterns of Analysis 101
1 lecture 13:44

A run-through of the main patterns of analysis for academic writing and how to use them to best answer your question.

Patterns of Analysis 101: What they are and how to use them in your essays
+ Reference Right
1 lecture 10:02

Write a reference list entry from scratch using APA 6th Edition as an example. Learn about formatting and free software to help you

Reference Lists Made Easy

Check your knowledge of reference lists

Reference List Round-Up
3 questions
+ Writing an Emphatic Introduction
2 lectures 07:17

Most people know how to write some kind of an introduction, but do you know how to hit the mark every time with a proven formula? Let us show you how!

The Unknown Elements of an Introduction

A look back at introductions

Cheat Sheet & Takeaways: Introductions
+ The Meat of Your Essay: Main Body Paragraphs
3 lectures 19:16

The main body paragraphs form a large part of your essay and should build upon your essay thesis, in order to accurately answer the essay question. It is essential that you pay close attention to the content of each paragraph.

This video will take you through the steps needed to write solid main body paragraphs that are logically structured and easy to read.

Where the REAL Grades are: Main Body Paragraphs and How to Engage Your Readers

Helping you to master Main Body Paragraphs

Cheat Sheet & Takeaways: Main Body Paragraphs

A quick video on how to make your writing flow from beginning to end.

Write with Flow
+ Finish with a Flourish: Writing Clear & Concise Conclusions
2 lectures 04:44

The conclusion allows you too revisit the main ideas of the essay and to bring the essay to a close.

This section covers the two main elements of an essay conclusion:

  • a summary of main points,
  • the concluding statement.

After watching this lecture you should be well prepared to start writing your first draft.

All the Steps to Creating Excellent Conclusions

Take these key points away from this section to write a cracking conclusion

Cheat Sheet & Takeaways: Conclusions
+ In-text citations: how to use them & how to deal with multiple authors
4 lectures 12:42

In-text citations sound scary but really they are a very simple way of showing what you've read. Learn all about them in this 3-part lecture

Preview 02:35
Part 2: Use in-text citations in your essays and assignments with ease

Ever wondered how to cite 3 or more authors when using APA 6th edition formatting?

Find out!

Also learn to reference/cite 6 or more authors according to APA style.

Part 3: In-text citations for multiple authors - 3, 4, 5 6 or more!

Many students do not realise that to write an academic essay, they need to avoid what are called contractions. These are easy to avoid if you are aware of them! Remember - if in doubt, write it out!

Preview 00:57
Progress Check: Write it out in full
2 questions
+ Essay Style & Academic Register
2 lectures 03:23

Academic register and style are essential elements to writing a college paper - things such as contractions and academic synonyms are easy to understand with this brief video guide

Preview 01:49

How many quotations to use in an essay? This is a very common question and it has an easy answer. Generally, you want to avoid over-use of quotations and go for paraphrases instead. The exact amount I'd recommend? See the video!

Preview 01:34