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Academic Writing Series Workshops


Writing is a skill required in many contexts throughout life. However, in the university, you will need to acquire “academic writing skill” rather than conventional personal writing skill.

Academic writing does many of the things that personal writing does not: it has its own set of rules and practices. To assist our students in understanding what “Academic Writing” is and how to acquire the skill, we conduct a series of Academic Writing workshops which our students can take their pick on any specific areas of academic writing.

Workshop I: Essentials of Academic Writing

  1. Understand Academic Writing Style
  2. Distinguish between Common Genres of Academic Writing – Reports, Essays and Literature Review
  3. Understand the Requirements of Assignments
  4. Familiarize with Academic Conventions: Plagiarism, Referencing

Workshop II: Structuring and Writing Essays

  1. Writing and revising/editing paragraphs
  2. Structuring Essays
  3. Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Synthesizing materials for course assignments

Workshop III: Report Writing and Literature Review

  1. Structuring and Writing Reports
  2. Writing Literature Reviews

Workshop IV: Citation and Referencing (Harvard or APA)

  1. Make use of the APA/Harvard referencing format
  2. Increase the credibility of your arguments
  3. Easily locate sources relevant to a topic
  4. Avoid plagiarism

Workshop V: Incorporating Secondary Sources

  1. Include information from your research in your assignments
  2. Choose between different techniques to include this information
  3. Differentiate your own "voice" from that of your sources
  4. Avoid unintentional plagiarism


To know when are the available workshops and information on how to register for them, please login to our SIMConnect page by clicking here.