Writing processes and practices 

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 Writing processes and practices
Resource Title Description of ResourceSource

University of Nottingham resources


Using the 3-5 approach as a study strategy


Resource covering 3-5 approach and Writing Triangle, including managing the writing process

University of Nottingham (login required)

Writing and editing strategies


PDF file icon Includes structuring paragraphs and linking ideas

University of Nottingham

Writing at higher academic levels


PDF file icon Getting the basics right and a checklist to improve quality

University of Nottingham

Writing - Studying effectively


Advice and videos on writing covering: why do we write?; types of writer; writing tasks at university including essays, longer assignments and lab reports; organising materials and writing strategies

Teaching and Learning, University of Nottingham


Other resources


All-purpose tool for writing research


This tool can help write a paper, presentation, poster, report, chapter, or thesis.  It may be used before you write, as a planning tool; as you write, as a drafting tool; as you revise your writing, as an editing tool; after you have written, as an evaluation tool. This is part of the Write your research blog.

Anthony Haynes, Write your research blog

Tool for telling your research story


A more informal tool to help clarify research writing, also from the Write your research blog (scroll down page to view)

Anthony Haynes, Write your research blog

UEfAP (Using English for Academic Purposes)


This site covers a range of issues for using English for academic purposes, including accuracy, assessment, grammar, listening, preparing, reading, speaking, vocabulary, and writing.

If you are accessing the site on a tablet or mobile, you may find accessing the site through UEfAP.net is best.

Andy Gillett, UEfAP

Writing essays: a guide


Advice on writing undergraduate essays

Dr. David Kennedy - Royal Literary Fund

Writing skills


Multimedia advice on aspects of writing e.g. planning

University of Sheffield