The following links take you to web sites that provide opportunities to practice specific writing skills
The best place to start if you want to work on some basic grammar, spelling and punctuation at your own pace is the BBC Skillswise site. There are quizzes, fact sheets and printable worksheets. The same site has a link to “Webwise” courses on using the internet.
Go to CCCU Student Support Services for guides on 30 topics including: reading strategies, punctuation, referencing, oral presentations etc. See, also, the 'Clinic' guide to writing essays.
Try also the Studymore ABC Study Guide for study skills in plain English, alphabetically indexed, to all aspects of study at University and elsewhere. For lifelong learners everywhere.
For advice on the writing process, go to:
Caplits and click on “How to Start Writing”. The examples tend to be from essays at MA Level but advice is clearly written because it’s aimed at international students.
Wikipedia. Free encyclopaedia, with entries in over 200 languages that anyone can edit. This means that entries are constantly updated, reflect diverse points of view and may be considered unreliable. However, anything you read should be considered unreliable until you have checked the status of their sources or expertise. The wikipedia policy on “Neutral Point of View” provides useful guidelines for presenting evidence in the way you may need to do in assignments.
If you’re OK on the basics and can handle (or know where to look up) some grammatical terminology, try The Owl at Purdue. This site has good guides to grammar and different kinds of writing. The section on general academic writing includes topics like developing arguments or “Transitions” (sometimes referred to as “connectives” or ways to link up your sentences and paragraphs).
We have also included below a guide to thinking and writing critically - this is particularly aimed at level 6 students but is useful for other levels.