LSEE Essay Writing from Start to Finish - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Introduction to Essay Writing

This four-part course is designed for students who are new to university, or for those who would like to improve their essay writing skills. It is especially suitable for students in the Colleges of Arts, Education and Law. The course will show you how to develop a strong argument that answers the question within a well-structured essay.

  • Analysing the topic
  • Argument, research and note-taking
  • Planning, essay structure and introductions
  • Body paragraphs and conclusions

Note that some of the streams below meet twice a week over a two-week period, while others meet once a week over four weeks.  If your timetable clashes with one of the times or days, you can sit in on sessions in a different stream to ensure you don’t miss anything.

Course Outline (PDF)

Dates and times

  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 24 July to 1 August 2023, between 1.00 pm to 1.50 pm (Live stream and in person). Zoom link will be sent to all enrolled students.: passed

The next set of dates for this learning event has not yet been scheduled.

Even if this course is fully booked, it is likely there will be space on the day, so feel free to turn up. If you would like to be notified when it is next scheduled, or just find out more, email Academic Skills Centre


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)