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)
Use this tool to create a personalised schedule for each of your written assignments. (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)
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)
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.
Plan and structure your writing
This resource list complements the library workshop called 'How to plan and structure your writing': View study skills events.
Put your reading into your writing
This resource list complements the library workshop called 'How to put your reading into your writing': View study skills events.
Suggested further reading and videos to help you with your reflective writing assignments. This complements the reflective writing workbook.
Suggested further reading to help when you are writing reports. This resource list complements the report writing workbook.
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 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
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
- Academic Writing: Common Uses of Tenses
- How to plan and structure your writing
- How to reference and avoid plagiarism
- How to search effectively: database searching and RefWorks
- How to put your reading into your writing
- How to put your reading into your writing
See more Study skills events