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 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  and discussion of a research paper.

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

This course will be offered via three on-site modules, organized by Taalcentrum-VU. It will include several  lectures, discussions and homework assignments. The assignments will be discussed with your fellow course participant and an experienced teacher.

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November 21, 25 and 30, 2022. Please note: during the period of November 21 to 30, you have to make some homework assignments.
VU campus
1.0 (26 hours)
Laptop/chromebook
OOA PhD students
Free of charge
Michael Glennon (Taalcentrum-VU)
Dr. Esther Ruhé
Esther Ruhé (e.ruhe@amsterdamumc.nl)
October 3, 2022