Academic Writing

Academic Writing

Academic writing is a tedious but an emancipating task. It requires deep thinking and analysis. The process of writing, its characteristics and styles, crafting a thesis statement, and the forms of empirical evidence required in writing can vary from one discipline to another and from one subject to another. The resources here aim to help students understand academic writing and develop relevant academic writing skills to achieve success in their studies and beyond.

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Assistance via email

Students can send us their assignment drafts or questions at We endeavour to provide feedback in our teach-them-to-grow-rice style within 2-3 working days. Feedback is provided through comments and Track Changes functions in Microsoft Word, OneDrive or Google docs.

Assistance via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom

Students can ask for individual or group consultations with a learning advisor via Collaborate or Zoom. Drop us an email at to arrange a Collaborate or Zoom session.

Assistance by academic writing peer tutors

Students can submit requests for ad-hoc sessions on their essays, literature reviews, laboratory reports, business reports and other written assignments at or scan the QR code below.

Academic writing principles for students and academic writing peer tutors

Whether you are an academic writing peer tutor, a new student, or a current student, be guided by the fundamental principles in academic writing.

Principles in academic writing peer tutoring

Academic writing tips for students

Face-to-face consultation with a learning advisor

Subject to COVID-19 rules and regulations, students in Singapore can arrange a face-to-face consultation with a learning advisor by sending an email to

Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA)

PELA is designed to assess the entry level academic writing skills of students enrolled in Professional and Academic Skills in Business (BU1105/1805).

  • PELA is a diagnostic tool which aims to gauge Business students’ academic writing competence as they commence their studies at James Cook University Singapore.
  • Learning Centre will facilitate academic writing workshops with students who scored Band 3 (At-risk) in the PELA to improve their academic writing skills and be successful in their subjects.