Academic writing will be a part of your studies here at MDU, and it is possible to improve your own writing using an array of online tools. Below some free and useful links are listed, that will help you work independently on your writing.
Resourses that are helpful
Here you will found resourses that are helpful in your academic writing.
Spellcheck more precise than Word
You can download SpellRight, which is a more precise spellchecker than the one in Word. Make sure you are logged on to your student account to be able to download the program.
Read your text out loud
TorTalk is a service that can read your text out loud, making it easier to find your own mistakes and incongruences in your text. Make sure you are logged on to your student account to be able to download the program.
Help to structure your essay
To structure your essay properly, the first step is to find out if your program has a template that you can follow, to get the overall structure. But there are other resourses that are helpful.
Evolve your language skills
A part of your structure is sentence structure, and you can always google that for further information and lectures.
Linking words are important for the cohesion of your essay. (Also known as transitional expressions)
To get help expressing yourself in the correct register the academic phrasebank is useful.
You may find it helpful to get examples of common language mistakes that may make you aware of your own mistakes.
Making references correctly
When making references according to your given reference system, you may find resources on verbs for citing useful.
There is resource on academic genres, that may help you sort things out.
Academic genres External link.
Writing guide of academic writing
The punctuation guide External link. is useful, as well as the writing guide External link.that is specifically designed for writing academic texts in English in Sweden. Many students find Grammarly External link. a good help while writing. The Purdue Online Writing Lab External link.may have a lot of answers to your writing questions, and there is a resource for different aspects of academic writing in English. External link.
Critical thinking and analysis
Many students find it difficult to grasp the concepts of critical thinking and analysis, and of course there are useful resources for that as well. What is critical thinking External link.? Here is an instructional video on the matter, that may clarify things. Here is a presentation on critical thinking External link. with good points and useful information. This resource shows the basics External link. of analysing, providing questions to help you with it. Here you will find more information on critical analysis writing External link..
Different kinds of dictionaries are useful for making sure you use appropriate language for the given context, as well as the correct grammar and spelling. There are several excellent online dictionaries:
Collins dictionary External link. includes information on pronunciation, British and American interpretations and is overall a very helpful tool.The Merriam Webster dictionary External link. with word of the day and word quizzes.Longman dictionary External link. with similar features.The Cambridge dictionary External link. includes useful grammar help.
Exercises to help you improve your English
If you suspect that your level of English needs a raise, there are resources that may help with this.
Find out your English level and get exercises designed for that level at British Council.
At Cambridge English you can practice your English with different exercises.
BBC Learning English is a site that will help you with your general English skills. Your level will probably be “Towards Advanced”, but if you find that too difficult, you can start with the “Upper-Intermediate”.
There are excellent online courses aiming to help with your academic English. You get some exemples here:
Develop your academic writing
Meet the language educator from Lärum. Get answers to your questions about academic writing. You can also meet a librarian that will help you if you have questions about information retrieval or reference management.
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