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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Instructed by Andrew Sippie Academics / Humanities
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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About This Course

Published 7/2016 English

Course Description

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 

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know what classroom writing resources should be available to you
  • Identify how the writing process affects your writing
  • Understand how the writing situation impacts 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, detialed, and effective.
  • Edit for spelling and grammatical mistakes using helpful rules and tips

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: About this Course
Who I am and What I do
Why Writing Essays is Worth it
Section 2: Before You Start Writing
Before You Start Writing Watch This
The Writing Process: Steps to Success
Section 3: Creating and Organizing your Writing Ideas
Brainstorming: Where Writing Begins
5 questions

How well do you know brainstorming?

Outlining to Structure the Brainstorm
Organization: Structuring the Essay Paragraphs
4 questions

Do you remember the parts of the essay?

Section 4: Developing and Organizing your Essay
The Introduction Paragraph: Starting Strong
Developing the Body Paragraphs
The Conclusion Paragraph: Making the Essay Memorable
6 questions

Let's see how well you know the basics of the essay.

Section 5: Revising and Editing your Essay
Revision: Making the Essay Effective
Grammar Foundations
Grammar Foundations Quiz
8 questions
Using the Comma: 4 Essential Rules to Success
Using Commas Quiz
8 questions
Spelling in the Age of Spell Check
The Final Thoughts Before You Write
Section 6: Bonus Content

The video lesson explains how to use the attached content/organization writing activities and why they matter. A downloadable Essay Example Guide for Content and Organization is also attached.

Bonus Lecture: Discounts on my other Writing Courses

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Sippie, English Composition Teacher, Tutor, and Learning Specialist

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 5 years of teaching online and traditional classrooms at post-secondary institutions and over 9 years of online and in-person tutoring on writing ranging from 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.

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