How do you start to write?

Learn to turn a blank page into a successful writing assignment.

The "Student Success Writing Skills" online course teaches essential writing and research techniques for high school and college classrooms. Before students can compose a sentence, paragraph or full essay, they must understand the fundamental principles that guide those assignments. How do you turn a sentence into a paragraph? How do you organize an essay? What is plagiarism? How can you use Google Docs to write and edit essays? This class provides the skills necessary to write successful classroom assignments.

No written assignments to submit to the instructor in this course. However, students can post questions and interact on the discussion board. The instructor is always available to answer questions and provide additional information as necessary to support student learning.


As a result of taking this class, you will:
  • Learn to write sentences and paragraphs.
  • Get familiar with the writing process.
  • Learn to use online research and Google Docs to write essays.
  • Learn from a dynamic college English instructor with over 20 years’ experience in the classroom.

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Video Lessons, Lecture Slides, Quizzes, PDF Handouts

  • Lifetime Access

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Easy Payment via PayPal or Stripe (which also includes Alipay, Bancontact, EPS, WeChat Pay, giropay, iDEAL, Multibanco, SOFORT, and P24).

Course Curriculum

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  • 1

    Before You Get Started

    • Welcome to Class!

    • Video: Class Tour

    • Video: Viewing Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

  • 2

    Writing Good Sentences

    • Video: Good Sentences

    • Slides: Good Sentences

    • Quiz: Good Sentences

  • 3

    Writing Good Paragraphs

    • Video: Good Paragraphs

    • Slides: Good Paragraphs

    • Exercises: Good Paragraphs

    • Quiz: Paragraphs

  • 4

    Writing Complex Paragraphs

    • Videos: Complex Paragraphs

    • Slides: Complex Paragraphs

    • Sample: Complex Paragraphs

    • PDF: Complex Paragraphs

  • 5

    The Writing Process

    • Video: The Writing Process

    • Slides: Writing Process

    • Quiz: Writing Process

  • 6

    Thesis Statements

    • Video: Thesis Statements

    • Slides: Thesis Statements

    • Exercises: Thesis Statements

    • Quiz: Thesis Statements

  • 7

    Transition Words & Phrases

    • Video: Transitions

    • Slides: Transitions

    • Exercise: Transitions

    • Quiz: Transitions

  • 8

    Figures of Speech

    • Video: Figures of Speech

    • Slides: Figures of Speech

    • Quiz: Figures of Speech

  • 9

    3rd Person Writing

    • Video: Third Person Writing

    • Slides: Third Person Writing

    • Exercises: Formal Writing

    • Quiz: Academic Writing

  • 10

    Basic Research Skills

    • Slides: Research Terms

    • Quiz: Research Terms

    • Video: Basic Research

    • Slides: Basic Research

    • Video: Library Research

    • Exercise: Basic Reseasrch

    • Quiz: Basic Research

  • 11

    Plagiarism

    • Video: Plagiarism

    • Slides: Plagiarism

    • Exercises: Plagiarism

  • 12

    APA & MLA Format

    • Typing APA (Word 2016)

    • Video: Typing APA (Word 2007-2010)

    • Download: APA Paper

    • Typing MLA 7th Ed. (Word 2016)

    • Video: Typing MLA (Word 2007-2010)

    • Download: MLA Paper

  • 13

    Using Technology

    • Video: Citing & Linking Sources

    • What is a Peer Review?

    • Google Docs: Peer Review

    • Google Docs: Commenting & Suggesting

  • 14

    Before You Finish

    • Student Writing Books

    • Graduate Writing Book

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review

Student Testimonial

“I am working through this course to see if it could benefit my college freshman son, and wish I could have found this course before I began working on my Master’s Degree. It is very thorough, but the information and instruction does not bog down the student. I am passing this on to my son and would recommend to anyone needing a refresher or a fresh start at mastering advanced academic writing.”

J. Cleveland Payne

FAQs

  • Why should I take your classes?

    • Meet employer demands for better writers and proofreaders.
    • Build your résumé with marketable writing skills and earn more money.
    • Learn new skills for career pivots or to start a home-based writing/editing/proofreading business.
    • Improve your writing to achieve academic success.
    • Upgrade your writing skills to produce engaging media content.
  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Our classes are built to deliver high quality training in a short amount of time for maximum learning, practice, and retention. Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, soul energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    When you have completed all lessons and assignments assignments, you will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days after finishing, depending on holidays and high class volumes.

Student Success Essay Writing Skills

What are expository essays? How do I get started? “Student Success Essay Writing Skills” is a valuable resource for students of all levels who want to improve their writing skills and progress well in their studies. After introducing readers to the writing process and how to write complex paragraphs, the chapters cover the most common essay types taught to students in preparation for standardized testing and the rigor of writing college level research papers.
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Instructor

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: www.arhampton.com.