When you study in a college or university, you normally have many subjects that are graded on the basis of your research papers or essays. Very often it can result in a fact that your grade depends not so much on the knowledge on the subject itself, but on your mastery in essay and research paper writing. And the subject can be as remote from the essay writing as you can imagine: some marketing, art or political science. Teachers in these courses don’t teach you essay writing, and still, they evaluate your knowledge based on your essays.
What to do in such a situation, especially if you feel you’re not a born writer? If you have an English or essay writing course in your college, you should definitely take it - the ability to write essays well will significantly impact your grades on subjects that are not even remotely connected to language or literature.
If you don't have such courses in your curriculum at the moment, I still have good news for you. You don’t have to collect scattered knowledge about proper essay writing all around the web - very often it will not provide you the entire picture of the subject, and will not improve your writing skills. You can take the opportunity of free essay and research paper writing courses offered by leading schools and universities, right from your home, using nothing more than your laptop or smartphone. All you need to do is register with one of the MOOC providers and pick your course.
This article will provide a quick overview of the best free online essay writing courses offered by the world’s top universities.
Academic English: Writing Specialization
offered by the University of California, Irvine, on Coursera consists of 5 courses designed to improve your writing and research skills. The courses are: Grammar and Punctuation, Getting Started with Essay Writing, Advanced Writing, Introduction to Research for Essay Writing, and one capstone project where you need to write a research paper. You can take all 4 courses absolutely free of charge, or pay something from $49 per course to receive a verified certificate for each. Each course is about 4 weeks of study and requires 4-5 hours per week of your work, which will consist of watching lectures, reading additional materials, communicating with other students on forums, and completing assignments. You will learn how to write in clear, correct sentences with nice grammar and punctuation, how to formulate good thesis statements, how to write a number of essay types such as compare/contrast, argumentative essays and cause, and effect essays. You will be quizzed at the end of each course and make peer-reviewed assignments designed to give you a more interactive experience of learning.
English Composition course
offered by Duke University on Coursera. It’s a part of Reasoning, Data Analysis and Writing Specialization offered by this university. As all the courses on Coursera, you can take the entire course for free, or get a verified certificate for some symbolic amount of money.
As the authors of the course claim, at the end of the course you will get a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. You will learn to critically read literature, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets the reader’s expectations. You will have quizzes but the course will center mainly on your writing for college. You will have to complete three essays for the course and evaluate essays of your peers, you will get instructor's feedback on your work and will be able to participate and contribute to the ongoing conversation in course’s forums. The course is 12 weeks long requiring 5-6 hours of weekly work.
I advise you to check out these courses because it definitely will be time and effort very well spent, especially if you’re struggling with academic writing at the time.
In the next blog post, I will tell you about some of the best writing courses offered by other excellent MOOC platforms.
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