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Learn how to write academic essays, including thesis papers

Step-by-step guides to essay writing help and tips! Learn about thesis statements and effectively topic sentences.
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Created by Jana Checkley
Last updated 3/2014
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This course is about essay writing. This course is for those in education, or those who need a refresher course.

In this course you will have access to different presentations that cover a wide range of research tips and essay writing guides. In addition, self-study guides and worksheets will be provided to help you train towards becoming successful writers of different essay types. The course is set up to allow you to learn at your own pace with seven sessions to help you learn. The course is structured so that you can select which presentations to view in any order you wish. This course is designed for you and is flexible for all learners to explore and to learn.

In addition, more focused courses on study skills, Algebra, and grammar help are also available under the "Study Time: Your Academic Success Center" umbrella of training support.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for those who need support in their essay writing. This course is also for those who need support with their academic research and essay organization. This course will benefit those that want to learn more about different essay structures and methods to create thesis statements and topic sentences.
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What Will I Learn?
In this course, you will learn how to organize your research into a structured essay.
By the end of the course, you will be able to develop a thesis statement and how to research towards your end goal.
By the end of the course, you will be able to write a thoughtful argumentative essay.
In this course, you will learn APA referencing and essay writing tips.
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  • This course requires a basic understanding of English language and writing. This course does not require prerequisite knowledge of software beyond a PDF reader.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 48:05
Essay Writing Introduction
2 Lectures 10:19

This session covers the basic elements of an essay outline. This is an introductory session that will begin this seven-part Essay Writing course that will delve further into different essay styles and tips to write clear and strong essays.

There is a PDF version of the essay outline example used in the video for you to download and to use. You will also find a helpful guide on tips to writing an "A" level paper.

Further PDF study-guides can be found with the other Essay Writing sessions.

Preview 04:51

This session covers different essay writing tips that you can use when writing essays.

There are PDF study-guides for you to download to help you improve your essay writing. The guides for this session are: active and passive voice writing, essay checklist, and establishing a strong voice in your essay.

Preview 05:28
Introducing a Topic
2 Lectures 09:55

This session explains what is a 'thesis statement' and how best to create one.

There are PDF study-guides for you to download to help research and develop thesis statements. The guides for this session are: key words in essay questions for you to know and understand, and a study-guide on thesis statements.

Thesis Statements

This session explains what are 'topic sentences' and when they are best used in essays.

There is a PDF study-guide for you to download to help better understand sentence transitions. Sentence transitions are the next step in essay writing after topic sentences.

Topic Sentences
Essay Styles
2 Lectures 13:56

This session discusses the 'cause and effect' essay. It explains what each term means and how to use them in an effective and persuasive essay.

There are PDF study-guides for you to download. One of the guides has been written to help you better understand 'cause and effect' essays. The other guide discusses the process you can go through to choose a research topic.

Understanding Cause and Effect Essays

This session explains what is an argumentative essay in seven steps.

There are PDF study-guides for you to download. The guides are different outline structures that you can use when writing an argumentative essay.

Understanding Argumentative Essays
How to Reference
1 Lecture 12:07

This session discusses the referencing style of APA. There are many different referencing styles out there, so you need to make sure that you are using the correct one when writing anything that has a research element to it.

There is a PDF study-guide for you to download. The guide is a mock essay that demonstrates how to reference in the APA style within an essay, and at the end of an essay.

APA Referencing
Closing Video
1 Lecture 01:48

Congratulations on completing this course!

We hope that you have enjoyed this course and have learned more about essay writing. We at ‘Study Time’ want to encourage learning and the enjoyment of learning. Again, congratulations on putting in the time and energy into expanding your knowledge and improving yourself.

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About the Instructor
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Education Development Analyst and Curriculum Director

Jana has been in the US and UK education sectors for over ten years. Her MRes in Education degree targeted educational development initiatives and professional development courses for students and faculty. Her full-time position is that of Director of Higher Education and Skills and works closely with colleagues to focus on student support services. She looks to encourage academic growth and interest in students and uses her experiences as an educator and learner to help others.

Jana has taught English, mathematics, and IT training at high school and university education levels and has teaching degrees in both the US and the UK. Working closely with students and different learners, she has created diverse training presentations and exercises for young and adult learners.

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