Learn how to paraphrase effectively
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Professors from the University of New England were surveyed to find the most common problems in undergraduate writing. The inability to paraphrase ideas and the failure to express ones ideas were found to be common problems (Garret, n.d.). It is possible that these common problems are not being directly addressed. When I transitioned from high school to college, I also struggled with paraphrasing. I didn't really understand what paraphrasing was or how to paraphrase in an effective manner. Because of my struggles, my grades suffered and I believed that I was a terrible writer. My English Composition 101 professor encouraged me that I was an excellent writer, but I needed a better understanding of paraphrasing. She gave me the confidence boost that I needed. I tried to figure out an effective way to paraphrase. I graduated Summa cum Laude! I recently graduated with distinction with a Master of Science Degree in General Psychology. Now, I would like to share what I learned to help you paraphrase effectively. This course directly gives strategies to paraphrase ideas and also to express ideas in one's own voice and style.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Chart, sketch, or write a personal definition of paraphrasing
  • Learn how to paraphrase
  • Evaluate if a paraphrase needs revision
  • Paraphrase ideas that relate to an academic assignment
  • Gain control and confidence with paraphrasing sources on academic assignments

Why is paraphrasing important?

  • In academic writing, you need to be able to paraphrase reliable sources.
  • Paraphrasing shows your professor that you understood what you read.
  • If you do not paraphrase ideas, you may be plagiarizing. Plagiarizing is stealing an author's ideas and using them as your own.
  • Penalties for plagiarizing can vary from having to redo an assignment to being dismissed from the college or university.


Garret, J. M. (n.d.). Common problems in undergraduate writing.

What are the requirements?

  • Paper and pencil
  • Access to internet
  • Word processing software (Microsoft Word, Google Docs etc.)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Describe why ideas are important to parahrasing
  • Chart, Sketch, or write a personal definition of paraphrasing
  • Explain how to paraphrase
  • Evaluate if a paraphrase needs revision
  • Plan and organize ideas in a given text
  • Paraphrase ideas effectively
  • Select six ideas from a given text that support an academic assignment

Who is the target audience?

  • Paraphrasing 101 is an introduction to academic paraphrasing
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to paraphrase

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Introduction to Paraphrasing Course
1 question
Section 2: Paraphrasing
Defining Paraphrasing
Understanding Paraphrasing
1 question

This is a quick activity added to assist in really understanding the essence of paraphrasing. If you missed Quiz 2, do not worry. This activity is for you!

How to Paraphrase
Paraphrasing Steps
1 question
Section 3: Practice Paraphrasing
Practice Paraphrasing: Introduction
Step 1
Steps 2 and 3
Step 4 and Wrap up
Section 4: Assessment
1 question
32 pages

If you prefer a multiple choice format, this assessment includes 5 multiple choice questions. The answers are reviewed in the presentation.

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Instructor Biography

Goldie Jennings, Individual Educator

I have a BS in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. I graduated with highest honors and I had a job offer from a public school in AZ. I moved to AZ and I taught grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th for seven years. I then wanted to focus on learning preferences and cognitive styles, so I stopped teaching and became a private tutor online and in person. I helped one student go from failing the reading standard to meeting the standard. I taught him in his preferred style and it made a difference. I also have an MS in Psychology. While getting my degree, I focused on creatively gifted students, cognitive styles, and learning preferences. It is my goal to assist learners to meet learning goals and also enjoy an appreciate their natural learning strengths and preferences. I am also planning on getting a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I personally have a unique learning style that clashes with certain instructors. That has made me aware of learning differences and how I can reach different types of learners. I know what it feels like to have expectations that cannot be met based on cognitive styles and learning preferences. My philosophy is to take students where they are and to assist them in recognizing and celebrating their natural strengths while growing to complete next steps.

Personally, I am married to my best friend and we have three furry cat kids. I hope that you enjoy the course! Take care.

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