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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

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.

 

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.

Download SpellRightexternal link

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.

Download TorTalkexternal link

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.

Find resourses that help you with your structureexternal link

Here is a lecture on global editingexternal link


Evolve your language skills

A part of your structure is sentence structure, and you can always google that for further information and lectures.

Information about sentence structureexternal link

Linking words are important for the cohesion of your essay. (Also known as transitional expressions)

Linking words for the cohesion of your essayexternal link

Information helpful regarding transitional expressionsexternal link.

To get help expressing yourself in the correct register the academic phrasebank is useful.

Academic phrasebankexternal link

You may find it helpful to get examples of common language mistakes that may make you aware of your own mistakes.

List of common errorsexternal link


Making references correctly

When making references according to your given reference system, you may find resources on verbs for citing useful.

Verbs for citingexternal link

More verbs for citingexternal link


Academic genres

There is resource on academic genres, that may help you sort things out.

Academic genresexternal link


Writing guide of academic writing

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 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 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:

Collins dictionaryexternal link includes information on pronunciation, British and American interpretations and is overall a very helpful tool.The Merriam Webster dictionaryexternal link with word of the day and word quizzes.Longman dictionaryexternal link with similar features.The Cambridge dictionaryexternal 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.

British Councilexternal link

At Cambridge English you can practice your English with different exercises.

Cambridge Englishexternal link

Test at Cambridge English to find your levelexternal link

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”.

BBC Learning Englishexternal link

Writing, speaking and grammar exercisesexternal link


Online courses

There are excellent online courses aiming to help with your academic English. You get some exemples here:

Academic writing course at University of Lundexternal link

Get the lectures from the academic writing course from academic writing course at University of Lund external link

English composition for reading and writing skillsexternal link

English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematicsexternal link (STEM)

Free course on academic writingexternal link

Free course specified for writing a thesis.external link


For more information

Lecturer

Sara Ekstrand

+4621101598

sara.ekstrand@mdh.se

Lecturer

Malin Larsson

+4621107077

malin.larsson@mdh.se

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