Skills for Higher Learning: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing

Develop your academic writing skills and learn how to build effective research strategies and reading techniques.


Key course information


Duration: 4 weeks

Weekly study: 3 hours

Skills for Higher Learning: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing short course

Discover everything you need to produce and edit a piece of academic writing

Academic writing is a formal writing style that is necessary for certain situations. Whether you’re writing assignments for a course or a cover letter for a job, the clear and structured style of academic writing is required in many situations. On this four-week course from Whitireia and WelTec(Te Pūkenga), you’ll learn how to unpack academic writing conventions and expectations through a step-by-step guide to enhance your writing skills. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to produce quality writing for higher education and beyond.

Explore the features, conventions, and style of academic writing

Academic writing has features that make it different from less formal writing such as in an email or a text. To write academic pieces, you’ll need to understand these conventions. This course will take you through the different features and types of academic writing, from its clear structure and balanced style to its use of evidence and references.

Develop academic reading techniques and research strategies

When studying, you want to make the most of your time. That’s why it’s good to be efficient and effective when you read and research. You’ll look at the best techniques for academic reading such as how to skim and scan and when to do more detailed and critical reading. You’ll also explore the process once you’ve finished your writing, including referencing your sources correctly, proofreading, and editing your piece.

Learn from the education experts at Whitireia and WelTec(Te Pūkenga)

Whitireia and WelTec(Te Pūkenga) is known for its focus on foundational education and has been running multiple pathway programmes that support students in higher education. With their expertise in academic writing, they are uniquely positioned to help you grow your skills to produce quality writing for higher education.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the features and types of academic writing

  • Evaluate sources of information critically

  • Produce well structured academic writing

  • Apply the process of editing and proofreading

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone starting their higher education journey, in the middle of their studies, or planning to study in higher education in the near future.

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