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Essay and report writing skills
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret...
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report. This free course, Essay and report writing skills, is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes.
After studying this course you should be able to:
- understand what writing an assignment involves;
- identify their strength and weaknesses;
- consider the functions of essays and reports;
- develop writing skills, whatever the stage they have reached.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Good practice in writing
- 2 Identifying key concerns
- 3 The purpose of writing
- 4 Understanding the task
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Planning
- 7 Drafting
- 8 Polishing
- 9 Letting go
- 10 Reflecting on tutor feedback
- 11 Conclusion
- 12 Further reading and sources of help
- Appendix 1 Action Plan
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Essay and report writing skills
Most academic courses will require you to write assignments or reports, and this free OpenLearn course, Essay and report writing skills, is designed to help you to develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. It contains clear instruction and a range of activities to help you to understand what is required, and to plan, structure and write your assignments or reports. You will also find out how to use feedback to develop your skills.
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Originally published: Saturday, 1st January 2000
Last updated on: Tuesday, 28th April 2015
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