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Study Skills: Writing

Resources to help students with study and study techniques

Writing: elements of style (UNSW)

Online resources by UNSW

Transition Signals in Writing
A list of suggested phrases to make transitions in your writing.

Introducing Quotations & Paraphrases
a list of phrases to introduce quotations or paraphrases.

A Rough Guide to Punctuation
Good punctuation is crucial for successful academic writing. This guide explains how to use some of the more common forms of punctuation.

Paraphrasing, Summarising and Quoting
Important skills which are crucial to success at university which allow you to demonstrate your understanding and interpretation of a text, and incorporate the work of others into your writing.

Essays and assignment writing

Essay and exam writing skills - UNSW

Essay Writing: The Basics

A general outline of the steps to writing essays 

Essay & Assignment Planning
Some helpful advice and strategies about getting started and constructive planning.

Answering Assignment Questions
Some suggestions about how to understand assignment questions and how to answer them effectively, and a list of common terms used in assignment questions and their definitions. This guide will help you to better answer and understand your essay questions.

Editing Checklist 
Some questions to ask yourself as you are writing your final draft or editing your assignment.

Writing a Critical Review
Need to write a critical review? Not sure what it is? See our guide for some tips.

Writing an Annotated Bibliography
This is an assignment that allows you to get acquainted with the material available on a particular topic. This guide offers some general advice on getting started.

Reflective Writing
Many uni assignments feature reflective components. Although they can vary considerably in terms of their style and scope, here are some common elements and tips to get you started.

Writing links

The Verb Cheat Sheet  by Carmen Blyth      Verbs are judgmental. The verb you use to describe someone else’s work indicates your feeling about the quality of the work. For instance, “Mewburn (2010) argues…” is kinder than “Mewburn (2010) asserts…” (a scholar who asserts is not really a scholar at all).

 Choose your feeling, and then pick a verb from the list that fits your sentence. Or just scan the list for best fit. 

Verb Cheat Sheet 2 by Carmen Blyth

Useful words in writing by Rachel (University of Newcastle, UK)

Powerful paragraphs by Patricia Goodson

Conjunctive adverb conjurer by ThesisWhisperer


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