Student Services Academic Support

Technical advice on writing

As stated on the previous page, the following resources are designed to complement the support and advice of Academic Schools and Departments. Please follow your department's guidelines and only use the materials offered here to supplement these.

Note: these resources are listed in alphabetical order.

Student writing 




Links to Study Resources for Technical advice on Writing
Resource TitleDescription of ResourceSource

University of Nottingham resources


Choosing your words

PDF file icon Includes homophones (words that sound alike but are spelt differently e.g. accept/except)

University of Nottingham

Editing checklist

PDF file icon Practical strategies to check structure, paragraphing, sentences, grammar, spelling and punctuation

University of Nottingham

Insessional Distance Learning Materials

These contain a number of academic writing modules. These are primarily intended for those students for whom English is not their first language, but they are available to everyone.

Centre for English Language Education (CELE), University of Nottingham (UoN access only)

Presentation and style

PDF file icon  Advice on formatting and layout of assignments and writing style

University of Nottingham

Read and Write Gold

Click Start > All Programs > UoNApplications > Tools and Misc Software > (UoN) Read&Write 11

Note the availability of video guides for each icon on the Read&Write toolbar. Click the black triangle alongside an icon and select the last item in the drop-down list e.g. Watch Spelling video tour...

TextHelp/ University of Nottingham (UoN access only)

Other resources

ARIES (Assisted Revision in English Style) 

Advice and exercises on punctuation and spelling

Please contact IS if you have problems accessing this link

University of Glasgow and STELLA 

Free proofreading package you can download and use

As a general good practice guide before doing any document review, back up your work before use and check formatting after use and back up your amended document

Grammarly Inc.

Hit parade of errors in grammar punctuation and style

PDF file icon Downloadable PDF overview, with examples, of common errors in writing and how to correct these

Dena Bain Taylor, University of Toronto

Read and Write from TextHelp - video tutorials

Three video tutorials on using TextHelp Read&Write, the text-to-speech application that can support proofreading. Includes homophone and verb checker, research tools and word prediction.

University of Hull

Writing skills

Multimedia advice on aspects of writing e.g. sentence structure

University of Sheffield



Accessibility (Academic Support)

Portland Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44(0) 115 84 66115