Essay Essentials: Improve Your Academic Writing

Achieve academic essay success by learning and practicing essential writing skills in this step by step course
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47,385 students
1hr 14min of on-demand video
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Understand how the writing situation, process, and classroom resources impact you
Brainstorm to create and use ideas that will develop the essay.
Effectively develop and structure introduction and conclusion paragraphs
Write a clear, specific, and well connected thesis
Understand the organization of essay paragraphs
Develop detailed, specific, and appropriate body paragraph content
Revise to ensure your writing is thorough, specific, detailed, and effective.
Edit for spelling and grammatical mistakes using helpful rules and tips


  • For ESL students, an IELTS score of 7.0 or above is recommended, but a 6.0 may be sufficient.
  • Basic knowledge of how and what sentences and paragraphs do


Writing essays can be intimidating. Often, this is because we don't know what the teacher wants. As a teacher, I understand what that is. Using my experience teaching and tutoring essay writing at various colleges and remembering my experience as a student, I'll help you find the essay writing success you deserve through learning the foundations of essay writing.

Write successful essays by learning:

  • How to use classroom resources
  • The Writing Situation
  • The Writing Process
  • How to Revise effectively
  • Easy Editing Tips

Learn how to develop and organize:

  • Brainstorms
  • Introduction Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Conclusion Paragraphs 
  • The Entire Essay

...Using color-coated examples that show every step

Practice and Use your writing knowledge with: 

  • 5 quizzes
  • 3 writing activities
  • A downloadable essay example guide 

Who this course is for:

  • High School or College students who struggle with essay writing or need to prepare for it.
  • Returning college students who need to review essay concepts or who struggle with essay writing.
  • English as Second Language (ESL) students who will write essays in High School or College
  • Anyone intested in learning more about academic essay writing.


English Composition Teacher, Tutor, and Learning Specialist
Andrew Sippie
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 2,543 Reviews
  • 48,912 Students
  • 2 Courses

I love teaching because I love to learn. Because I love to learn and teach, I know how institutional education can get in the way of students learning. That is a problem I've addressed in my experience of over 10 years of teaching online and traditional classrooms at post-secondary institutions and over 15 years of online and in-person tutoring on writing ranging from the sentence level to paragraphs and from academic argument essays to analytical literature essays. It's why I'm here teaching online.

I teach to help any student's English courses be more understandable, meaningful, and even easier through remembering my experience as a student, through experience with one on one tutoring, using pedagogical theories from my Master's program focused on English Composition,  and through my current experience and perspective as a college professor, tutor, and learning specialist.

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