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Improve your essays, reports, projects and dissertations. You can access support online, by attending workshops, or by contacting us.

Planning, writing and editing your work

  • How to put your reading into your writing
    Summarise your research, identify themes in your reading and bring it all together in a structured paragraph. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • How to plan and structure your writing
    Analyse your assignment title, organise your thoughts and structure your paragraphs. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Assignment planner
    Use this tool to create a personalised schedule for each of your written assignments. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Reflective writing
    How reflective writing can help you with your learning, and methods to achieve this. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Report writing
    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)
  • Literature reviews workbook
    An introduction to the process of writing a literature review that includes video guidance with perspectives from each faculty. (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Academic writing
    Introduction to the different types of academic writing and how to get started on a written assignment. (Source: Skills for Study website)
  • Planning your writing
    How to plan your writing, group your information effectively, organise ideas and formulate a structure. (Source: Skills for Study 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: Skills for Study 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: Skills for Study 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: Skills for Study website)

Formatting your work

Some brief advice on formatting your work (eg margin size, font size, line spacing, quoting your sources of information).

Suggested further reading

We have curated reading lists of library books and external resources to help you to develop your writing skills.

Face-to-face support

Study skills support from the Library

If you need help, eg with an assignment, you can ask at a library help desk or via the online enquiry service.

If your query can't be answered immediately, you may be referred to:

  • a study skills workshop
  • online study-skills materials
  • an English language workshop

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

Writing tools

Applications to help you organise, collate and structure your writing in a visual way:

  • Mindview mind mapping software
    Use Mindview software to organise, collate and structure ideas and research in a visual way. Available to all on the UWE Bristol network.

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