Start writing essays
by The Open University
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
For anyone considering study, this pathway will explain the importance of planning your essay, how to take advantage of the numerous sources out there, how to evaluate sources and use them to their best advantage in your essay.
Laying out your argument clearly is important, and planning before you start writing will help you do that.
The pathway also explains the importance of structure, tone and content of an essay. There are tips on method and approach, how to introduce and conclude your work, how to write in your own words, and how to acknowledge the work of other writers that you have read. This pathway will give you all the tools you need to start writing essays.
||Researching an essay||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Different approaches to research||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Essay and report writing skills||Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. This unit is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. You will learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assig||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Developing good academic practices||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Early stages of essay writing||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||What is good writing?||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writer's block||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing your introduction||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||The main body of the essay||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Giving both sides of the argument||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Writing your conclusion||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||A student's approach to drafting and revising||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Different approaches to drafting and revising:||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Getting another perspective||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||What is good writing?||Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This unit will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will learn how important it is to answer the question that is set and that your style of writing is as communicative||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Different approaches to examination essays||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to improve your writing||--||--||Free||View in iTunes|
It's a very useful and helpful
Brief, Yet Helpful
The course is very brief, but it fits a surprising amount of helpful information into a small package. Of course, you won't finish the course as the best essayist in the world, but it is nonetheless filled with very useful advice. It is directed more at beginners though.