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Academic Writing
 “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.”
― Enrique Jardiel Poncela  


Click on the online materials below for more details if you are ready to make an effort to improve your academic writing.


Developing an outline Steps to Creating a Useful Outline
A Short Guide to Essay Planning and Structure
An Example of an Essay Plan
Introduction Ways to Engage Readers in the Beginning of an Academic Essay
Essay Introduction
Introductions and Conclusions
Conclusion How to Write a Conclusion (video)
Ending the Essay: Conclusions
Introductions and Conclusions
How to Write a Conclusion Paragraph (video)
Paragraphing Basic Rules to Paragraph Writing
Develop Paragraphs with Topical Focus & Topic Sentences
Organization and Development of Effective Paragraphs
Paraphrasing, Summarising and Quoting Six Steps to Paraphrasing with Examples Provided
Ways to Use Quotations Effectively in Your Academic Essay
Paraphrasing, Summarising and Quoting
Summarizing Developing the Skills of Summarizing
How to Write a Summary
When and How to Paraphrase and Summarize
Sample essays for Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting
Comparing and Contrasting

Introduction to Comparing and Contrasting with Examples Provided
Sample Phrases Used in Comparing and Contrasting Academic Essays

Argumentative Essays

The Function and Organization of Argumentative Essays
Argumentative Essays (with checklist)
Sample Format of an Argumentative Paper

Thesis Statements Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements
Thesis Statements with Examples and Exercises
Developing Strong Thesis Statements
Arguments Development

Developing and Organizing Strong Arguments
Logic in Arguments
How to Make a Claim and Counterclaim
Different Types of Fallacies and How to Avoid Them in Your Arguments

Audience Analysis

Identifying Your Audience and What They Want From You
Types of Audiences, Developing Audience Awareness, Analysing an Audience
Audience Analysis

Style and Tone Differences between Style, Diction, Tone and Voice in Crafting Your Essays with Examples Provided
Using Appropriate Language in Your Writing to Suit the Level of Formality
How to Achieve Conciseness in Academic Writing
Recognize Potential Problems in Writing Styles and Ways to Correct Them
Proofreading and Editing “Check My Words” from HKUST
Steps for Revising Your Work
Reference and Citations APA Formatting and Style Guide
MLA Formatting and Style Guide

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