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Online Course

Academic Writing Made Easy

Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich) via edX


This MOOC takes you through the basics of academic writing step by step. From structuring and organising an academic text to avoiding common pitfalls that can negatively affect your credibility, this 6-week course offers a guide for those who want to improve their writing. It looks at various components that will make your academic writing stand out for all the right reasons, including paragraphing, style, tone, paraphrasing and punctuation. Using samples of student writing it also gives you tips on what to avoid and explains why. Each week is comprised of video lessons, followed by exercises and peer-review tasks, taking you through various aspects of academic writing.

The course requires upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced English (C1).


The MOOC “Academic Writing Made Easy” covers the following topics to help you improve your writing:

Week 1 Rhetorical Preferences: Meeting the expectations of your target group

Week 2 Genre: Differentiating between types of scholarly texts

The Writing Process: Overcoming writer's block

Week 3 Cohesion: Making your ideas flow logically

Week 4 Sentences: Writing reader-friendly sentences

Week 5 Credibility: Convincing your peers to accept and believe what you write

Week 6 Punctuation: Polishing your text

Putting it all together: Overcoming the last hurdles

Taught by

Dr. Heidi Minning, Jeremiah Hendren, Dr. Stephen Starck, Dr. Aparna Bhar, Susan O’Byrne, Rose Jacobs, Ruth Shannon and Huma Abid

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4.8 rating, based on 30 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course provide me a new level of vocabulary, like technical words that used in every paragraph. I started to learn more about reading comprehesion, ways of narrative, the structure of an article, organize a text the way the reader can understand the content, that the credibility it’s very important, etc. I like watch the videos before a new task because they explain me an idea of what comes next and give me little tips that will help me to complete the task the best way. I hope to keep myself learning about the course and keep understending all the concepts that will help me to writing perfectly til my skills will be better.
  • Chresann D'souza

    Chresann D'souza completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I truly found the course to be very helpful and informative. It touched upon the most basic and subtle things that we tend to overlook the most while writing.
    The exercises that were conducted during the lectures helped in giving a better and clear understanding of the topic.
    I would truly appreciate it if another level of this course will be aired, I'd love to be a part of it again and enhance my knowledge!
    I'm grateful to everyone who made it possible for me to attend this course.
  • Anonymous
    I found the course helpful for those perusing college educations. The course is organized in selected six units, which were integrated. The course was taught by a team of instructors, which made it interesting as a new unit began. This online course has...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    There are two options -a certified course and uncertified one. I opted for the second option; it's still very useful and I learnt a lot but I couldn't take the exams. The videos and comprehension exercises are short and straight to the point; they also give you food for thought. The text samples for the exercises cover a wide variety of themes.
    The course is ideal for people who have some kind of writing assignment because one of the end-of-unit exercises is improving a 300-word draft that you do in the first units and need to revise with what you have learnt in the new lesson.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Dear All,
    Academic English could be a very tricky and cumbersome subject due to the large number of details. For example, the academic writing should accurately consider the grammar, punctuation, plagiarism, hedging, etc. However, the Academic Writing Made Easy represents a very solid and fantastic course. The course was taught by high-level experts. It also consists of clear steps to be followed and gives a road map for the subjects to be studied in depth later. Personally, I have learnt and benefited from this course a lot.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a very well structured course, it helped me better understand the importance of clarity, fluidity, tone and targeted audience when writing a paper. It was of crucial importance the explanation of plagiarism as well as how to use language correctly in order to express my ideas.
    The process allowed for me to see clearly my mistakes, which is something I have always struggle when reviewing my own work, this time I knew what to look for and this made a difference.
  • Anonymous
    I am in the middle of writing my masters thesis and I found my writing was lacking some stlyle. Even though it is supposed to be completed in a period of 6 weeks, I completed it in one day.
    I found the unit where you were given a method on how to actually start writting particullary interesting and I think it helped me a lot.
    Also the other units were very helpfull. There are so many things to you should pay attention to, but are not aware of if you just start writing.
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    Aafrin Bordiwala

    Aafrin Bordiwala completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    Mooc on Academic writing made easy is one of the best online course which I completed. Videos are making learners to actively participate by doing various activities. Quizzes are well prepared as per each section of the unit to help learners check their knowledge. Open Resource Assessment (ORA) section designed to implement further your knowledge in writing. Overall course is best for the learners who want to improve their writing
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    Romina Canizo

    Romina Canizo is taking this course right now.

    It is well organized, with many examples that are very ilustrative.
    I really enjoy some excercises, others where more difficult for me to achieve a good result.
    Love the tips about what to do or not... for example the advice of avoiding nominalization BUT where it is a good choice to use it!
    I really take advantage of the way of writing by drafts!!!!
    I encourage postgraduate students to take it!!!
  • Thomas Shah

    Thomas Shah completed this course.

    The course structure was very good. It leads a student step by step into more complex areas. The lecturers did a great job in explaining their subject matter clearly. I greatly benefitted from refreshing what I learned more than 50 years ago. I also greatly benefitted from learning new content. Thank you to the lecturers, the support staff and everyone involved in this project. God bless and Stay Safe.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a really good course in academic writing. I learnt a lot and it was designed with a very good structure in a way that you can write and edit your essay or text while watching the videos side by side in that order. It gave very useful and practical knowledge that will be helpful to you irrespective of the field you are writing your text from.
  • Anonymous
    I definitely have sharpened up my writing skills. The exercises were quite taxing and you needed to pay attention to the videos. The instructors were clearly reading from a cue card but they were nonetheless professional. I just audited the course. If I had upgraded I could have done the mid-term and final term tests too.
  • Anonymous
    This course has been very helpful. I've learnt more than I anticipated. I'm ready to tackle my writing with a new-found confidence. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who would love to improve their academic writing. The lessons are well paced and is enough exercises to practice everything that you are learning.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was extremely good. Each and every concept was explained well. The exercises kept me on toes. It was really interesting and involving. Being a teacher , going through such course is revising as well as enhancing. I thank all the instructors and organisers.
    Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was an excellent experience to learn important things in academic English language with this helpful learning course. There were crystal clear presentations of mentors with real-life examples. In the case of exercise, you can judge yourself and make improvements where necessary.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me to learn the essential components of academic writing such as formal writing, cohesion, building credibility, avoiding plagiarism and punctuation. It enabled me to explore the advanced concepts in writing and to provide direction to my learning objectives.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have learned a lot in this course. The course itself is very informative and helpful. It made I realized that I made so many mistakes in my writing in the past without knowing it. So if you want to improve your academic writing, make sure to join this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I was unable to complete this course due to some circumstances, majorly financial, yet I believe I have benefitted from the little time I passed through with the course.
    I thank you for you for those wonderful times I spent with you.
  • Anonymous
    I took this course as a veified learner. Course contents are well organised. Different assessment activities help to learn the concept better in this course. I would recommend to take this course if somebody wants to improve academic writing.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Overall, this was an excellent course. It was concise and to the point. There were excellent tips to write better sentences. The section on avoiding plagarism and the 30 minute writing tip to get into flow were especially helpful.

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