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Academic Bootcamp - Writing Modules 

Check out our writing modules on incorporating supporting evidence into your writing, creating college-level thesis statements, and additional tools and resources. To book an appointment with our Writing Support Specialist, click here.

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Supporting Evidence

Check out this video to learn how to incorporate evidence into your writing. 

College Thesis Writing 

This module covers how to write a college-level thesis statement. 

Additional Resources and Tools 

This module details writing resources and tools available to you.

Top Tips 

✓  Don't procrastinate. Writing an academic paper can take a lot of time, especially if you have to do readings or research first. Leave yourself plenty of time to finish your writing assignments, and plan out this time on a calendar.

✓  Dig deeper. Academic writing is often about an opinion of your own - why or how something is the way it is, or the way it should be - and it's up to you to prove that idea using supporting evidence.

✓  Read before you write. Coming up with a strong idea for an academic paper requires knowing information about your topic, what some of your evidence will be, and what you can say about it, before you start writing. Do your research and reading in advance.

✓  Brainstorm to get ideas. Once you've picked a topic and done reading, you can brainstorm or free-write ideas to get inspiration and draw connections that can help you develop your argument.

✓  Create an outlineStructure is very important in academic writing. Once you know what you'll be writing about, start by making an outline so you can stay on track and make sure all the parts of your paper directly support your main idea.

✓  Edit carefully. Once you have a draft, re-read your writing to yourself, get a friend to read it for you, or reach out to your instructor or the writing support specialist to get more feedback on areas you could improve.

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