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
4.3 (267 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.
6,599 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Sippie
Last updated 8/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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 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
17 Lectures
About this Course
2 Lectures 04:36
Who I am and What I do

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

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

How well do you know brainstorming?

Brainstorm Quiz
5 questions

Outlining to Structure the Brainstorm

Organization: Structuring the Essay Paragraphs

Do you remember the parts of the essay?

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

Developing the Body Paragraphs

The Conclusion Paragraph: Making the Essay Memorable

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

Paragraph Content and Essay Organization Quiz
6 questions
Revising and Editing your Essay
5 Lectures 29:49
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
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

Bonus Lecture: Discounts on my other Writing Courses
About the Instructor
Andrew Sippie
4.4 Average rating
288 Reviews
6,756 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 6 years of teaching online and traditional classrooms at post-secondary institutions and over 10 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, tutor, and learning specialist.