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The General Study Skills, Degree Study Skills and TAFE Study Skills sections of the Learning Hub offer information about academic essay writing & exam techniques.

weblink TLS Interactive Learning Blogs:  Blogs on many topics important to students

external link The Writing Center:  This site will help you with writing introductions & conclusions.  Examples are also provided.

external link Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: An interactive online writing tutorial.

external link The Purdue University online Writing Lab: Purdue's OWL is useful for general writing concerns and will also help you with punctuation & grammar. 

external link Academic Writing: Writing module created by Victoria University (in New Zealand). You can practise all aspects of essay writing.

weblink Case Study Report Writing: The site contains sample reports and exercises to help you write case studies.

external link A Guide to Grammar and Writing: With over 400 references related to grammar and writing you might find your answer here!

external link An Interactive Grammar and Writing Book: Sentence Sense  17 chapters of information and exercises: start at Chapter One for simple sentence practice. Go to Chapter 8 for problems with run-on sentences, sentence fragments and other usage problems  

weblink Blogs and Wikis on the Internet: Write your stories and opinions on a blog or a wiki.  This is a type of  writing that is available on the Internet for anyone to read.  You must read the warning before you go to a blog or wiki. 

external link Essay Writing: This has a good guide to writing an essay of 250-600 words.  It uses the 5 paragraph structure and is useful for Elicos 1 – UP2 and IELTS. To guide you through the steps in writing an essay, click on the headings below:

external link A Sample Essay: This is a useful model essay showing the basic elements of constructing an academic essay. It is annotated and shows:

  • Structure of the essay – introduction, development point by point, and conclusion
  • Use of sources  - information located by research
  • Comments on use of language

external link Annotated Sample Essay: This annotated essay is suitable for UP students and identifies what makes a good essay.

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