Ch 1: Technical Writing Basics: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Technical Writing Basics chapter of this Technical Writing Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about technical writing. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach the fundamentals of technical writing required in a typical technical writing course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other technical writing work.
  • Identify the basic technical writing concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our Technical Writing Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn technical writing basics and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding rhetorical awareness, legal and ethical communications, goals of technical writing, types of technical writing or any other technical writing topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English learning
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their technical writing basics unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in technical writing
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning the basics of technical writing simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live technical writing tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn technical writing basics on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Learn why technical writing is useful and how it differs from other types of writing.
  • Study how to write with an audience in mind.
  • Find out about the importance of rhetorical awareness.
  • Examine ethical and legal communication standards.
  • Explore various types of technical documents.
  • See why it's important to establish goals in technical writing.
  • Look at the steps in the technical writing process.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Technical Writing Basics: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Technical Communication: Definition & Purpose

1. Technical Communication: Definition & Purpose

Technical communication is a part of almost every job. This video provides the definition and purpose of technical communication, and explains why technical communication is important for businesses and consumers.

Characteristics of Technical Communication

2. Characteristics of Technical Communication

It is important to understand the characteristics of technical communication in order to write documents that meet the needs of your audience. This video provides the characteristics of the subject, audience, purpose and style of technical communications.

Audience-Centered Communication: Description & Effectiveness

3. Audience-Centered Communication: Description & Effectiveness

Audience-centered communication is a type of communication where a speaker analyzes the audience to determine the content, language usage and listener expectations. It allows effective communication because the speaker can tailor messages to the needs of the listener.

Rhetorical Awareness in Technical Communication

4. Rhetorical Awareness in Technical Communication

When writing technical communications, it is important to take into account the goal, audience, and context of the document you are creating. This video explains how having rhetorical awareness will help improve your communication.

Legal and Ethical Communication: Description & Importance

5. Legal and Ethical Communication: Description & Importance

Legal and ethical communication is essential to companies to ensure truthful, accurate and morally-correct decision making. Companies need to give consideration to how they communicate and remain lawful in their day-to-day business activities.

Implicit and Explicit Rules of Communication: Definitions & Examples

6. Implicit and Explicit Rules of Communication: Definitions & Examples

There are two different rules of communication within a business environment. Implicit communication focuses on the ambiguous areas of gestures, vocal tones and actions, while explicit communication deals with what a person writes or says directly.

Types of Technical Documents

7. Types of Technical Documents

There are many different types of technical documents. Which technical document you choose to create depends on your audience and your purpose. This video will explain the three main categories of technical documents and provide examples for each.

Establishing Goals in Technical Writing

8. Establishing Goals in Technical Writing

It's important to establish goals before you begin writing so that you know who you're writing for and what you're writing about. This video provides suggestions for how to establish goals in technical writing.

The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

9. The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Having a plan for your writing will help ensure that you effectively communicate your message. This video provides definitions and strategies for the three steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting.

Technical Text: Definition & Examples

10. Technical Text: Definition & Examples

Don't worry; we don't have to get too technical to figure out just what a technical text really is. See how easy they can be to deal with in this lesson, where you'll see technical texts defined, as well as a few examples!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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