As a university student, you are required to write in many different forms for a variety of audiences. The most common types of writing are academic assignments, such as essays, research papers, and business or lab reports. These assignments are usually rather formal, demanding good reading and academic writing skills. They require you to research a topic and then develop a thesis (a perspective, a point of view), which is backed up with evidence from peer-reviewed resources or primary sources (e.g. a novel). In addition, there are less academic items to write, such as emails to your professors and graduate school or job applications. Each of these types of writing follows specific conventions and demands a range of writing skills.
This guide will help you with all the types of writing you need to do at university by looking at the following five areas:
The Writing Centre is a free service to students who want to improve their writing skills. Whether you are writing academic, business or personal documents, we can help you articulate ideas and structure your writing plan
I got good grades in High School and I think I am a pretty good writer.
I don’t need to go to the Writing Centre.
Although this may be true to some extent, all writers benefit from reviewing their work with a writing tutor. The expectations of writing at the University level are very different from High School and having someone experienced in academic writing give you feedback can be very helpful. The Writing Centre is available to work with students from all disciplines and at any phase in the writing process.
Whether you are an incoming first year student, a PhD candidate, a Professor, or a professional employee, everybody writes. The following videos explore how various people approach writing and how they overcome the challenges that we all face.