WRIT1999 - Effective Thinking and Writing

WRIT1999 is a one-week intensive course offered to Year 11 students through UQ’s Enhanced Studies Placement program to improve their Year 12 performance and university-readiness.

The course gives senior school students the opportunity to extend their knowledge, skills, and abilities in research and critical thinking including gathering and assessing evidence, identifying, constructing and evaluating arguments, and communicating findings. It guides students through the basics of argumentation and effective written communication, teaching them how to present to a variety of audiences in rationally persuasive ways. These skills are central to academic success and transferable across a range of contexts.


Indicative course structure
Day one Thinking about thinking: arguments, argument mapping, reflective writing.
Day two Evaluating arguments; deductive reasoning; research methods one.
Day three Inductive reasoning; generalisations; analogies; research methods two.
Day four Persuasion; clarity; peer activities; narratives
Day five Research and writing; feedback sessions; draft and final essays produced
  • One bonus rank towards the UQ entrance score (1-99 ATAR scale)
  • 2 university credits towards a course or elective in a UQ degree
  • Contribution to a student’s Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  • Enjoy all the UQ advantages; including access to UQ libraries, student services, guest lectures, and use of UQ sporting facilities
  • Prepares students for university study by experiencing classes, completing assessment, connecting with like-minded students, and enjoying campus life.

WRIT1999 is designed to to assist students from specific backgrounds to improve their Year 12 performance and gain access to university. For this reason, applications to WRIT1999 are restricted to students satisfying the following criteria:

  • WRIT1999 applicants must be either from an eligible school or identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Find a list of all eligible schools here
  • Students must demonstrate a minimum grade of B in at least 4 subjects and no less than a C in English in the semester prior to applying.

WRIT1999 is offered during the winter school break as a one-week intensive course. Click here to see the current offering. More information about application procedures can be found here.


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This course was really great! The lecturers are the best at explaining in-depth and are very helpful.

I have learnt so many tools on reading and thinking. I cannot believe I did an essay under a week!

Wonderful course. As a School Captain I will strongly encourage my younger peers to participate in this course.

I learnt it’s important to separate yourself from the ideas you are putting forward in an argument and always be willing to have your perception changed by a better counter argument.