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Academic writing will be a part of your studies here at MDH, 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.


Academic writing

Academic writing will be a part of your studies here at MDH, 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.

 

Software

First, make yourself acquainted with the software provided by MDH for writing support. Here you can download SpellRightexternal link, which is a more precise spellchecker than the one in Word, and TorTalkexternal link, which 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 these programs.

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. Other resources that can help with your essay structure can be found hereexternal link. Here is a lecture on global editing
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A part of your structure is sentence structure, external linkand you can always google that for further information and lectures. Linking words external linkare important for the cohesion of your essay. (Also known as transitional expressionsexternal link.)

To get help expressing yourself in the correct register the academic phrasebankexternal link is useful. When making references according to your given reference system, you may find this resource on verbs for citing external linkuseful, as well as this source with more verbs.external link

Here is a resource on academic genres,external link that may help sort things out. Here is a list of common errorsexternal link with a lot of examples of common language mistakes that may make you aware of your own mistakes. The punctuation guideexternal link is useful, as well as the writing guide external linkthat is specifically designed for writing academic texts in English in Sweden. Many students find Grammarlyexternal link a good help while writing. The Purdue Online Writing Lab external linkmay have a lot of answers to your writing questions, and here you can find a resourceexternal link for the different aspects of academic writing in English.

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 thinkingexternal link? Here is an instructional video on the matter, that may clarify things. Here is a presentation on critical thinkingexternal link with good points and useful information. This resource shows the basicsexternal link of analysing, providing questions to help you with it. Here you will find more information on critical analysis writingexternal link.

Dictionaries

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:

Courses

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 Councilexternal link. At Cambridge Englishexternal link you can practice your English with different exercises, and you can also take a test and find out your level hereexternal link. BBC Learning Englishexternal link is a sight 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”. Hereexternal link you will find writing, speaking and grammar exercises.

There are excellent online courses aiming to help with your academic English, and the MOOC from the university of Lund on academic writing external linkis recommended. If you do not have time to take the entire course, the lectures only can be found hereexternal link.

Other courses available are English compositionexternal link for reading and writing skills, and English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematicsexternal link (STEM) for improving English skills in science. Here is a free course on academic writingexternal link, and this is a course specified for writing a thesisexternal link.


For more information

Lecturer

Sara Ekstrand

+4621101598

sara.ekstrand@mdh.se

Lecturer

Malin Larsson

+4621107077

malin.larsson@mdh.se