Ask Learning Centre staff if you can do a short writing test for a ‘diagnosis’ of your writing. Alternatively, ask for an appointment to show Learning Centre staff one of your essays, preferably with your marker’s feedback. Note that we can’t help you proofread or edit a draft.
Ask your lecturer or tutor for feedback on your assignment draft. This allows you to make improvements before handing it in. Some markers will give feedback on a draft and some won’t.
During consultation hours for your lecturer or tutor, ask them for more feedback on your marked essay.
Ask your lecturer or department if there are any examples of good essays to see what you are aiming for.
Discuss your essay ideas, markers’ feedback and your writing process with other students.
Clearer writing is an online interactive course to improve the clarity of your writing, with a particular focus on well-structured and coherent paragraphs.
iWrite site contains interactive tutorials to help engineering students to improve their assignment writing across the undergraduate years. It is especially useful for students writing their third or fourth year thesis or project report.
Reading in biology is a resource covering the general and critical reading skills needed in preparation for writing a report.
Academic Phrasebook provides general phrases for academic writing and for writing sections or a research paper.