Link to the resources and tools to reach the next level in your field

4.65 out of 5
1405 reviews on Udemy

A+ Essays: A Structured Approach to Successful Essay Writing

Learn the tips and tools of successful writers from a college professor with twenty years of experience grading essays.
Kevin deLaplante
12,001 students enrolled
English [Auto]
By the end of this course students will be able to ...
Analyze an essay assignment to determine exactly what is being asked and how to proceed.
Organize and manage your time to complete your essay assignment well in advance of the deadline.
Break down and analyze an essay in terms of its structural parts.
Write essays that follow standard academic rules and conventions.
Write good introductions and conclusions.
Construct an argumentative essay that follows good structural form.
Choose a writing style that is suitable for your essay.
Use a variety of software tools to help manage different stages of the writing process.
Deal with writer's anxiety and writer's block.
Conduct research and build a reference list for your essay.
Cite sources properly to avoid plagiarism.
Distinguish between different citation styles and how they're used.

Many students become anxious at the prospect of having to write an essay or term paper. They don’t understand the conventions for organizing essays, and they don’t know how to manage their time and the writing process.

The result is that many students enter college without the skills necessary to succeed simply because they were never properly taught how to write essays.

This course aims to overcome this problem by offering a systematic framework for essay writing that removes the mystery and presents a clear path for moving from idea to outline to completed first draft.


The most efficient way to improve your essay writing is to focus on the key structural features that define successful writing at the essay level. An essay can be written beautifully, but if it’s missing key structural elements (like a well defined thesis statement), it will fail as an essay.

This course provides a set of concepts and tools for thinking about, analyzing and fixing problems with the structural elements of your essay.


Students in this course will learn how essay writing skills are related to “deep reading” and “deep thinking” skills, and why this is increasingly important in today’s world. You will also learn how standards of good essay writing are related to standards of good written communication more broadly. You’ll learn why academic essays are structured the way they are, how essay style is related to essay structure, how to approach the writing process, and how to organize your time so that you can actually get the work done before the deadline.

But the centerpiece of the course is two detailed case studies. In one of them I take a short student essay that has some serious problems, analyze the structural issues and rewrite that essay from start to finish.

In another case study I take an actual essay assignment from an actual college class, that I don’t teach, and take that essay from initial brainstorming and researching to a detailed outline to a completed first draft with a reference list and inline reference citations.

At the end of this course you will feel more confident about your ability to successfully complete essay assignments in school, and you will have a greater understanding of the skills and habits of successful writers.


I have a lot of positive feedback about this content over the years. College and universities from around the world have paid me thousands of dollars to license the use of these videos on their institutional servers (libraries, academic integrity programs, etc.).

Here are some of the institutions that have purchased copies of these videos for use on their own institutional servers:

  1. Michigan State University
  2. University of South Florida
  3. Forest Train Academy
  4. Harvard Kennedy School
  5. Lawrence High School
  6. Wayland Public Schools
  7. Wentville School District

… among others.

But I would like to share this content with as wide an audience as possible, and Udemy is a fabulous platform for hosting it.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
Definitely! If you have an internet connection, courses on Udemy are available on any device at any time. If you don't have an internet connection, some instructors also let their students download course lectures. That's up to the instructor though, so make sure you get on their good side!
4.7 out of 5
1405 Ratings

Detailed Rating

Stars 5
Stars 4
Stars 3
Stars 2
Stars 1
Methods to write best essay


6 hours on-demand video
4 articles
Certificate of Completion