academic writing

Writing for Learning

by Dr Colleen McKenna


Studying inventions fine her wits to entertain, 

Oft turning others’ leaves, to see if thence would flow 

Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburn’d brain. 

But words came halting forth, wanting invention’s stay; 

Invention, Nature’s child, fled step-dame Study’s blows; 

And others’ feet still seem’d but strangers in my way. 

Thus great with child to speak and helpless in my throes, 

Biting […]


Academic writing exercises to promote thinking and learning

by Dr Colleen McKenna

I rhyme to see myself,

To set the darkness echoing
‘Personal Helicon’, Seamus Heaney
In his poem, Personal Helicon, Seamus Heaney explores the power of writing – in this case poetry- as a means of making sense of one’s experiences in a wider world. For Heaney, writing is about developing a sense of self – listening to others’ ‘echoes’ […]

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    How do we effectively help students during the transition period? Some views from across LSE

How do we effectively help students during the transition period? Some views from across LSE

With our focus on transitions, staff across the School share how they help students move from school pupil to university student. We’re interested to see your comments below- what do you think students need during this period; have you got any tricks or tips? What do you wish your students knew about the first few months as a university […]


Academic writing skills in Social Policy

LSE academic developer Dr Claudine Provencher reports on an innovative series of ‘skills surgeries’ taking place in LSE’s Department of Social Policy   For the last two academic years, LSE’s Department of Social Policy has provided essay writing support surgeries to students of SA100, its core course for first year undergraduate students. The surgeries provide individual support for students with writing formative essays on […]


Teaching writing the LSE way

James Owen, Royal Literary Fund Fellow hosted at LSE, talks about his work with students and shares his reflections on the teaching of writing at LSE   I am one of two Royal Literary Fund Fellows who teach part time at LSE, this being the second year that I have been here (paid for, in part, by the royalties on […]


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