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This online workshop focuses on how to efficiently craft and write a doctoral dissertation. It will provide a brief overview of the candidacy and dissertation writing processes, offer tips on conducting preliminary research and discussing topics with doctoral advisors, and conclude with suggestions for effective note-taking and management of dissertation-related information.

This online workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral students who have completed their primary coursework and are writing or preparing to write their dissertation proposal. It will include an overview of the general structure of the proposal, proposal-specific writing tips, and an overview of related resources at APU.

Approximately half of the workshop time is allocated for answering student questions. Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that will cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you will create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors. Financial aid and tuition remission for University System of Maryland employees cannot be applied to noncredit courses.

Golden ID benefits may not be applied to fees, noncredit courses, specialty graduate programs, or doctoral programs. GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available on the U. The UCSP requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

For more information, contact your academic advisor. Required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students, except MBA students. An overview of the skills needed for academic and professional success. Focus is on enhancing communication and critical thinking skills. Assignments provide familiarity with tools such as social media and library and information resources.

The next section lists tips for those who would like to do so. The decision to teach a graduate course on academic writing is not one to be taken lightly. Designing a writing course is hard work, as it is unlikely that you are already up to date with the relevant literature. In addition, a certain amount of creativity is required to keep your course from becoming boring. Below are 10 specific suggestions that may help you set up a successful and rewarding course on academic writing.

Control your work load. A proper writing course needs writing assignments, and these need to be commented on and graded. This can be a lot of work. To keep your work load manageable: Often, a few paragraphs of prose are enough to identify key problems in writing style and clarity of communication. Make students realize that writing clearly takes effort.

One of my students, Bob, had been watching me rewrite his text at pace of about one paragraph an hour. If I were to put in this much time and energy, my writing would be incomparably better. It is easy to make students realize that their writing skills are important for their future careers, either inside or outside of academia. It is also easy to have students experience firsthand that writing skills can be learned.

Together, these insights make students want to invest considerable energy in your course. Give advice that is practically relevant. Students sometimes do not realize how much time they can save by, for instance, starting the writing process only after they have discussed and agreed on a detailed outline of a paper with their advisor. Use your academic experience to provide concrete and helpful advice.

Follow the structure of the empirical paper. At the University of Amsterdam, my classes cover, in turn: This provides students with structure and it also highlights the research-oriented focus of the course. Choose a good course book. According to Stephen King , p. This book largely follows the structure of the empirical paper and is therefore a good companion to a course that does the same. Read and discuss empirical research papers in class.

Reading is the most fun part of learning how to write. Pass out a set of abstracts and have students discuss the quality of the writing in small groups. Then discuss each abstract at a time, and indicate in concrete terms what is good and what could be improved. For this exercise, I recommend using articles published in Psychological Science , because the writing is generally above par and the research topics are accessible to non—experts.

The selected sentences do not work — it is the job of the class to figure out what is wrong and propose improvements. Students pay keen attention when their sentences may be up for group discussion. Also, do not reveal the names of the students who authored the defective sentences. Focus on clarity, not on grammatical details. A class on academic writing can easily escalate into a class that focuses solely on grammar and syntax. Do not make this mistake. Your job is to teach students to communicate clearly.

This is relatively unimportant; in academic writing, clarity takes precedence over grammatical correctness. To keep your writing course from becoming monotonous, you need to vary the pace. In class, use a mix of different activities: How to write clearly. Rules and exercises on English composition. Cognitive control in children:


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Like its predecessor, the third edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to .

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