Improve your essays, reports, projects and dissertations. You can access support online, by attending workshops, or by contacting us.
Online advice and tutorials
Planning, writing and editing your work
Writing for university
Understand the principles and processes of writing at university in order to create a successful piece of work. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
How reflective writing can help you with your learning, and methods to achieve this. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
Understand the techniques of report writing, an important academic and workplace skill. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
Technical report writing guide
Understand some of the conventions of technical report writing, such as formatting and the use of technical data and language. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
Use this tool to create a personalised schedule for each of your written assignments. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
Introduction to the different types of academic writing and how to get started on a written assignment. (Source: skills4study website)
Planning your writing
How to plan your writing, group your information effectively, organise ideas and formulate a structure. (Source: skills4study website)
Developing your writing
Develop your writing through a process of drafting and editing; overcome writer's block; use paragraphs effectively; use an appropriate writing style. (Source: skills4study website)
Improving your writing
Take a positive attitude to study; find out what tutors expect from your work; evaluate your own work and your tutors' comments. (Source: skills4study website)
Writing for different subjects
Each subject may have its own stylistic conventions. Explore writing styles and some of the academic conventions you may be expected to observe. (Source: skills4study website)
Formatting your work
Some brief advice on formatting your work (eg margin size, font size, line spacing, quoting your sources of information).
Study skills support from the Library
If your query can't be answered immediately, you may be referred to:
- a study skills workshop
- online study-skills materials
- an English language course
You may also be offered an appointment with a specialist adviser. Appointments last around 20 minutes. When you are offered an appointment, please supply the following information:
- what is the problem you are having?
- what strategies have you already tried in order to address this?
- what is your timescale?
Although help can be provided in checking assignments and advising how to overcome problems, this does not constitute a proof-reading service. Further guidance on checking of assignments.
Study skills support from your faculty
Study support specialists in your faculty may also provide one-to-one support.
English language skills
Applications to help you organise, collate and structure your writing in a visual way:
- Mindview mind mapping
Use Mindview software to organise, collate and structure ideas and research in a visual way. Available to all on the UWE Bristol network.
Study skills events
- How to search effectively: database searching and RefWorks
- How to reference and avoid plagiarism
- How to get started with critical writing
- How to improve your critical writing
- PAL (Peer Assisted Learning): emotional resilience
- Postgraduate writing for dissertations: literature reviews
See more Study skills events