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Instructional videos

These videos are all available online at any time for students to access, and as such, may be used as pre-residency instruction or as supplemental information. The videos take advantage of a flipped classroom model in that they provide equivalent or more information than what would be provided face-to-face but have the advantage that students can be directed to these recordings at any time so that individuals can choose the optimal timing for them to learn the information (e.g., morning/evening, all in one sitting versus in small chunks, or as is needed for a specific assignment). If the recordings are provided as a pre-residency activity, Writing Centre staff would be pleased to participate in a face-to-face class in order to meet new students, introduce themselves and the Writing Centre's services, give a tour of the Writing Centre's online resources, and answer any questions.

While the videos are playing, click "Menu" to navigate through the presentation or see the transcript. If you would like to return to specific sections of the video, please see the links below each video:

Introduction to Academic Writing (37:11 video available via Academic Writing)

  1. Introduction (0:48)
  2. Qualities of academic writing (8:02)
  3. Four types of academic writing (4:31)
  4. What is critical thinking and how can it be demonstrated? (7:18)
  5. Creating a document plan (14:34)
  6. Conclusion (Review, provide feedback on the presentation, and contact the Writing Centre 1:59)

Writing an Academic Paragraph (19:35 video available via Paragraphs)

  1. Introduction (0:52)
  2. Purpose and characteristics of an academic paragraph (2:28)
  3. Elements of an academic paragraph (0:25)
    1. Topic sentence with argument/claim (1:25)
    2. Critical thinking and how to demonstrate it (6:11)
    3. Research evidence (1:43)
    4. Analysis (1:18)
    5. Conclusion (0:43)
    6. Transition (1:40)
  4. Sample paragraph (0:19)
  5. Final thoughts on paragraphing and contact the Writing Centre (2:32)

Introduction to APA Style (32:24 video)

  1. Introduction (2:43)
  2. Formatting (3:04)
  3. Quoting and paraphrasing (2:11)
  4. In-text citations (6:01)
  5. Personal communication (3:08)
  6. Secondary source citations (1:47)
  7. References (11:33)
  8. Conclusion (citation resources, provide feedback on the presentation, and contact the Writing Centre; 1:57)

Other resources (listed alphabetically)

Anxiety About Academic Writing
APA Style

Gradschoolitis message for new graduate students
How to write an undergraduate-level essay
How to write a graduate-level essay
Planning the paper    
Quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing    
Using an academic editor    
Writing tips (archive of numerous articles on APA Style, grammar, punctuation, resources, and vocabulary)

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