Essay Writing
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Essay Writing

Learn to write excellent essays that clearly convey your message and achieve the highest reward!
4.5 (4 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.
56 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to write essays with skill which will help with all written assignments whether for school or work. Learn to write in a clear and logical way.
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Note: This course offers feedback and support. 

If you really want to improve, you get so much more for your dollar!

*August 2017 New - Video about Compound Sentences.

*August 2017 New - Video about Simple Sentences.

*July 2017 - New - Bonus Material - Padded Language.

*July 2017 - NEW - Bonus Material - Sentence Fragments.

*May 2016 - NEW (optional) assignment.  Write a mini-essay on one of the provided topics, or one of your own choosing and receive feedback from the instructor!  Now, it's your time to shine.

April 2016 Updated (optional) assignments with more feedback.

This course offers you the opportunity to improve your essay writing skills with real practice. It takes you through the process from Beginning Strategies to the Proofreading Strategy at the end. You will learn about writing a solid thesis as well as excellent supporting sentences and conclusions to create an essay that conveys your meaning and makes the grade!

10 quizzes and 7 assignments augment the learning experience.

Some assignments now give you the opportunity for feedback from the instructor- having your own private tutor! 

Taking this course will improve your scores on the IELTS, TOEFL, and other English tests - particularly the writing sections.

Key Takeaways:

  • The course looks at creating introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs that "pack a punch" and deliver.
  • You will learn how to use continuity and generate interest throughout your written work.
  • Learning to use the value of structures, climax, and the end position will strengthen your message.
  • Technical considerations will teach you how to avoid the most common errors that writers make when creating essays.
  • The section on proofreading provides you with essential information about how to ensure that all your hard work does not go to waste.

Who should take this course:

  • Students wishing to improve their writing skills will definitely benefit from this course.

Ron takes a very relaxed approach, providing students with all the tools they need to excel. The assignments allow the students to take a proactive approach to applying the knowledge they have gained.

The final assignment allows them the opportunity to practice writing a mini-essay!

Course Outcome:

  • Academically, the information provided will help students from upper grade school to adult writers.
  • Students who complete the course and apply the lessons learned will have a full understanding of the essay writing process and how to achieve the best results.

Although this course is not directly related to specific tests or exams, it will prepare learners for any test that requires clear and concise writing.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for upper-grade school to adult students who are learning about essay writing or who wish to refresh their writing skills. The short, clearly explained lessons are suitable for those learning English (EFL) as well - provided they have at least an intermediate English level to understand the lectures.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Beginning Strategies
1 Lecture 15:49

The Essentials
5 questions
Structure 1 - Thesis
1 Lecture 09:16

Learn about what a thesis is and how to generate a solid thesis for your essay. The thesis is the most important sentence in your entire essay - so don't miss this lecture!


What did you learn about thesis writing?

5 questions
1 Lecture 15:17

Learn about four different kinds of sentences by structure: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Also, learn about the "power position" and how to make your sentences effective.

At the end of the lecture you should be able to write sentences in all four styles, using a variety of sentences in your articles and essays.

Also, you will learn to read your work aloud and what to look for when doing this.


5 questions

Identify each sentence as a simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence.

Kinds of sentences by structure
8 questions
1 Lecture 13:32

You will learn the basics of an introductory and concluding paragraph.

Central paragraphs are the main focus. You will learn about topic sentences, transitional strategies, and "putting flesh on the bones" - providing the kind of information that essays really require.

Preview 13:32

Quiz yourself on what you learned about paragraphs.

6 questions
Matters of Form 1
1 Lecture 10:58

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of having continuity - using an arrangement, transitional sentences, pronoun references, and limited repetition.

We will also look at parallel structures.

The Interest section provides you with many methods to generate and then maintain interest throughout your essay.

Continuity & Interest

Continuity & Interest

Matters of Form
7 questions
Matters of Form 2
1 Lecture 10:30

You will learn about the ascending order of structure-value and how to use this to write more powerfully.

Also, you will learn about the importance of climax and the end position when writing to ensure that your sentences and paragraphs really "pack a punch" and get your point across in an effective way.

Structures - Climax - The End Position

Structure, climax, the end position

Matters of Form
6 questions
Matters of Form 3
1 Lecture 13:46

This lesson covers eleven major points which vary considerably but are all important in writing an essay that delivers your message clearly, concisely, and effectively.

These include recognizing your audience, technical language, active voice, positive statements, details & specifics, omitting needless words (padded language), faulty reference, tenses, acronyms/abbreviations, personal pronoun limits, and gender neutral language!

Let's go!

Technical Considerations

Technical Considerations

Matters of Form
8 questions
Matters of Form 3
1 Lecture 12:14

Learn about some of the most common errors writers make when punctuating their sentences.

You can avoid them!

Technical Considerations - punctuation


Matters of Form
9 questions
1 Lecture 09:28

See what you have learned about the proofreading strategy.

6 questions
Bonus Material
4 Lectures 37:51

Padded Language

Simple Sentences Video

About the Instructor
Ronald Johnson Professional Tutor, Online Instructor
4.4 Average rating
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811 Students
6 Courses
Education for You!

I have owned and operated L.T.L. Tutoring Central since 1996, providing private tutoring services to students of all ages and skill levels.

My online courses have received many compliments and positive testimonials as well.  

I have presented video lessons for various organizations and groups and taught individual lessons to students from around the world - often setting up programs specific to their needs.

Also, I created and delivered an ESL/EFL program for scientists and technicians at the Guelph division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

My primary focus is on English, math, and study skills- helping students learn how to learn.

I am an Honours Bachelor of Arts graduate with distinction from the University of Guelph in English/psychology - completing 62 courses, many in the field of education including philosophy of education and psychology of education.