Weekly study3 hours
Skills for Higher Learning: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing
Discover everything you need to produce and edit a piece of academic writing
Academic writing is a formal writing style that is necessary for certain situations. Whether you’re writing assignments for a course or a cover letter for a job, the clear and structured style of academic writing is required in many situations.
On this four-week course from Whitireia New Zealand, you’ll learn how to unpack academic writing conventions and expectations through a step-by-step guide to enhance your writing skills. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to produce quality writing for higher education and beyond.
Explore the features, conventions, and style of academic writing
Academic writing has features that make it different from less formal writing such as in an email or a text. To write academic pieces, you’ll need to understand these conventions.
This course will take you through the different features and types of academic writing, from its clear structure and balanced style to its use of evidence and references.
Develop academic reading techniques and research strategies
When studying, you want to make the most of your time. That’s why it’s good to be efficient and effective when you read and research.
You’ll look at the best techniques for academic reading such as how to skim and scan and when to do more detailed and critical reading.
You’ll also explore the process once you’ve finished your writing, including referencing your sources correctly, proofreading, and editing your piece.
Learn from the education experts at Whitireia New Zealand
Whitireia is known for its focus on foundational education and has been running multiple pathway programmes that support students in higher education.
With their expertise in academic writing, they are uniquely positioned to help you grow your skills to produce quality writing for higher education.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify the features and types of academic writing
- Evaluate sources of information critically
- Produce well structured academic writing
- Apply the process of editing and proofreading
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone starting their higher education journey, in the middle of their studies, or planning to study in higher education in the near future.
What software or tools do you need?
To take part in this course, you’ll only need a mobile device and internet.
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