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Academic Writing in English

How to write clearly for research, academia, and publication

Academic Writing in English is a course for anyone who wants to learn how to write about their research clearly: Master's students, PhD students, post-docs and researchers at universities, research institutions, and companies.

By the creator of ReallyWrite, an automatic editor that helps researchers write clearer articles.

This course is online and self-paced, but it works best if you complete it within a three month period. I will give you detailed feedback on your writing and we will have a one-on-one meeting during the course. You can start at any time.

What's the academic writing course about?

The way that you communicate your research determines how well your intended audience understands the impact of your results. Too often, research results are misinterpreted because they are vague or so full of jargon that it is hard--sometimes too hard-- to figure out what the writer actually intended to say. I advocate writing clearly and concisely to ensure the maximum impact. Learning to write clearly in a growing trend in academia.

This course is for you if you want to learn to write more clearly. You may have all the information in your head, but you may struggle to get it down on paper in a clear and logical way. Whether you have just started your PhD or you are a tenured professor, it’s never too late to learn these strategies. It may even be more important for tenured professors and supervisors to improve their writing skills so that they can learn to talk about the quality and clarity of a student’s writing using objective language.

In this course, participants learn how to improve the quality and professionalism of their academic writing while analyzing and editing the work(s) they intend to publish. By applying the techniques presented in the course, they learn how to communicate a message clearly and effectively in English to an academic or scientific audience.

Each week, participants receive personalized, detailed feedback on their personal writing challenges. This course aims to give participants the skills to recognize what makes academic writing clear, concise, and even stylish, which will serve them throughout their academic career.

Topics covered include:

  • crafting better sentences and paragraphs in English
  • creating logical flow in paragraphs
  • reducing wordiness and improving readability
  • finding the appropriate register (level of formality)
  • nuancing with tenses and verb structures
  • dialects of English (American vs British)
  • choosing vocabulary for consistency and flow
  • punctuation

This practical approach places the student’s own work central.

  • The online course allows you to read text, watch videos, and do exercises. Then you send your text for feedback four times and you have a one-on-one live meeting. Start the online course whenever you want!
  • The online course costs €475 per participant.
  • To take full advantage of the course, participants will need to set aside enough time for editing and revision each week.

Students have joined this course from the following universities: Wageningen University - University of Utrecht - Universiteit voor Humanistiek - Leiden University - Utrecht University of Applied Sciences - Erasmus University Rotterdam - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences - Radboud University - University of Twente - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Open Universiteit - University of Amsterdam - Nyenrode Business University - TU Delft - University of Groningen - Tilburg University

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This is the best course I have taken so far. many former students

Now, I am even arguing (with my co-authors) about the English words, grammar, past or present, British versus American, concise writing and the flow of the text. That is what you want, isn’t it? To be a sparring partner in the English language. Taylor is a very good coach in bringing you up there! She teaches you how to shape your text into an excellent piece of art! And writing is fun now! Maaike S.

I now feel more comfortable and able to accurately express my ideas and have even started to correct my colleagues' work. I strongly recommend Taylor as a teacher. She perfectly mixes theory and direct practical advice on your own work.
Leila P.

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