E-LEARNING: how to write research papers

- a guide to successful scientific writing -

Writing a scientific paper can be a difficult and laborious task. Even more so when English is not your native language. This online course is designed to help you to develop effective academic writing skills. We will review the principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing and tips for making the writing process easier. You will work on improving your academic writing skills through studying theory, performing analysis of published texts, and working on exercises. Moreover, you will be working on writing, or revising, your own text, while receiving peer feedback and expert coaching. Focus will be on writing the introduction  of a research paper and a cover letter.

Topics include:

  Structuring an introduction, including the CARS (Creating A Research Space) model

  Using the right tenses

  Writing coherent paragraphs

  Improving text flow by writing effective sentences

  Helping your readers find significant points

  Academic vocabulary

  Referring to other sources (avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing, and reporting)

  Tips and tricks for writing a cover letter

  Tips and tricks for writing your discussion section

Because of the governmental measures with respect to the Corona pandemic, this course will be offered via online modules, organized by Taalcentrum-VU. It will include several online videoconference lectures and homework assignments. The assignments will be discussed online with your fellow course participant and an experienced teacher.


Target Audience:



March 2022
Laptop/ computer/ chromebook with camera, audio and internet connection
OOA PhD students
Free of charge
Michael Glennon (Taalcentrum-VU)
Prof. dr. Hein te Riele, prof. dr. Arjan Griffioen, Dr. Esther Ruhé
Esther Ruhé (e.ruhe@amsterdamumc.nl)
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