Level 4 Workshops

Level 4 Academic Writing Workshops

NOTE: The timetabled workshops will resume in October 2018. Meanwhile, if you wish to arrange a workshop for you and your peers, please contact Valerie Brossier on v.brossier@herts.ac.uk. Also, please look at the handouts used in the workshops as they will help you with aspects of academic reading and writing.

Finally, please remember you can also book a 1-2-1 appointment by completing and returning a self-referral form to Valerie.


All the workshops last two hours and are repeat workshops, so you only need to book on one of the workshops offered. They cover the following: Structure and clarity; writing good descriptions, discussions and reflections; integration of relevant and appropriate evidence; citing and referencing.

All workshops take place in College Lane and are facilitated by Valerie Brossier (VB) or Pat Wood (PW).

Understanding and answering the question + Planning and structuring your assignment

  • Deconstructing essay titles
  • Working closely with the assignment brief and remaining focused
  • Working with the learning outcomes and marking criteria
  • Planning and structuring your assignment; Writing effective introductions
  • Reading effectively and making notes
  • Developing an effective argument and effective paragraphs (PEEEL)
  • Flow and signposting

Improving your academic writing style, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence construction:

  • Features of academic writing style, including effective integration of your reading in your writing + accurate referencing
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Writing clear, well-crafted and effective sentences


Click on the handouts below to download a copy:
Handouts for Level 4 workshops 2017

HSK Grading Criteria Written Coursework Level 4 Sept 2017 (1)

NB: The workshops are limited to 15 participants, to allow for greater interaction. If you book a place on a workshop, you commit yourself to attending. If you know that you cannot attend, please delete your booking as soon as possible. This will allow another student to book a place. Thank you!