Essay Essentials: Improve Your Academic Writing
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Essay Essentials: Improve Your Academic Writing

Achieve academic essay success by learning and practicing essential writing skills in this step by step course
4.4 (116 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,076 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Sippie
Last updated 8/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
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
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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
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 
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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:14:00
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About this Course
2 Lectures 04:36
Who I am and What I do
02:02

Why Writing Essays is Worth it
02:34
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Before You Start Writing
2 Lectures 09:03
Before You Start Writing Watch This
03:53

The Writing Process: Steps to Success
05:10
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Creating and Organizing your Writing Ideas
3 Lectures 12:59
Brainstorming: Where Writing Begins
04:23

How well do you know brainstorming?

Brainstorm Quiz
5 questions

Outlining to Structure the Brainstorm
03:14

Organization: Structuring the Essay Paragraphs
05:22

Do you remember the parts of the essay?

Overall Organization Quiz
4 questions
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Developing and Organizing your Essay
3 Lectures 13:19
The Introduction Paragraph: Starting Strong
05:40

Developing the Body Paragraphs
04:24

The Conclusion Paragraph: Making the Essay Memorable
03:15

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

Paragraph Content and Essay Organization Quiz
6 questions
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Revising and Editing your Essay
5 Lectures 29:49
Revision: Making the Essay Effective
07:47

Grammar Foundations
05:11

Grammar Foundations Quiz
8 questions

Using the Comma: 4 Essential Rules to Success
07:55

Using Commas Quiz
8 questions

Spelling in the Age of Spell Check
07:18

The Final Thoughts Before You Write
01:38
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Bonus Content
2 Lectures 04:14

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.

Downloadables: Academic Writing Activities and Essay Example Guide
02:47

Bonus Lecture: Discounts on my other Writing Courses
01:27
About the Instructor
Andrew Sippie
4.4 Average rating
129 Reviews
3,185 Students
2 Courses
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.