Writing Skills for Academic Study

Course times & tutorial information

Spring 2019

April 9 - May 16, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tutorial: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Summer 2019  

July 2 - August 8, 2019
Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tutorial: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Fall 2019

September 13 - November 29, 2018
Fridays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tutorial: Fridays, 8:30 am - 9:00 am


This course teaches the writing and composition skills needed for successful university study and is intended for students with English as a first language. This course is accepted by Dalhousie University in place of NS Grade 12 English to prepare you for the writing demands in all university level courses.

What will I learn?

You will learn to:

  • write effectively structured, coherent paragraphs
  • write essays using conventional techniques for gathering material, choosing a topic, forming a thesis statement, preparing an out-line, writing the first draft, editing and revising
  • use various methods of developing paragraphs and essays, for example narration, description, cause and effect, argument and per-suasion
  • read critically, assessing authors’ ideas and techniques; basic aspects of grammar and style will also be reviewed.

Course structure

Class time will include lecture, writing, exercises, peer review, and group discussion. Expect to allocate a minimum of 3 hours for every hour in the classroom to complete assignments. Evaluation will be based on two tests and seven writing assignments.

Textbooks are required and may be purchased from the Dalhousie University Bookstore.

* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrolls in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.