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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Writing in the Sciences by Stanford University

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About the Course

This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences....

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Jan 11, 2023

The best course I attain in Coursera. I struggled a lot to write my first manuscript and it took a lot of time. This course is beneficial for all scientific students. I highly recommended this course.


Feb 25, 2020

Respected Dr.kristiani sainani madam and coursera.

I thank you for the wonderful classes and presentations, it really didn't made me feel that i was learning online course but as in class learning.

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By Jody J

Oct 3, 2020

Loved the details about decluttering. I’ve used it a lot in my work with positive results.

The modules on grants and social media were presented badly. They speakers used “um” a lot which was very distracting.

By rida E

Nov 1, 2019

Course designing was so impressive. This course covered all the minute but important points and details of Science writings. Her method of illustration is so calm and easy to grasp. Thanks for the opportunity.

By Anechka A

Apr 20, 2018

Kristin is an amazing instructor! Her teaching style and explanations are easy to understand. She is very knowledgable about the subject; and she speaks with passion and spark. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

By Alessandro C

Oct 6, 2022

Good afternoon. I'm Alessandro Citzia, from Sardinia. I have found this course interesting, clear and stimulating. I have learned a lot of skills. I hope it will be useful in the future. Thank you very much!

By Daniela B

Aug 14, 2021

This is a great course, especially if you are a young scientist with means of publishing your work. It starts with the basics and ends with the greater details, such as grant seeking and article publications.

By Cristina D

Jan 2, 2021

Dr. Kristin Sainani is an excellent teacher. It presents skills such as knowing how to mobilize resources, communicate, know how to weave, meanings, map relevance and maintain motivation throughout the


By Rachel A

Sep 8, 2020

All of the videos were very well done. I appreciate the "face to face" at the beginning of each section and video because it makes you feel like you are actually in a class, rather than looking at a computer.

By Jessica S P

Apr 23, 2018

This course is excellent for those in the scientific field. The materials were clear and easy to understand. The dicussions remained active, and the mentors were always available to help. I really enjoyed it.

By Ima I

Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Sainani's positive flare and eloquent modules have made this course a remarkable one. The comprehensive discussion section - filled with brilliant and considerate peers - takes this course to next level.

By Ana M

Nov 20, 2021

This is the best course I have ever taken! I feel like it has opened my eyes and mind in the most beautiful way. Every week I simply could not wait to come here, listen to the modules and do my assignments.

By Sujatha R

Jul 15, 2020

I enjoyed every bit of this course and it gives me the confidence to think about a career in writing!

I'm thankful to the professor who took so much of effort to make this course engaging from the beginning.

By Radhika P

May 21, 2020

Dr. Sainani is a proficient, engaging, and thoughtful teacher. I have enjoyed every moment spent on this course; I look forward to applying all the concepts and tricks in my writing! Thank you Dr. Sainani!!


May 7, 2020

this is a great way to brush up the rules of writing in science especially during the lockdown (pandemic time). its a good way to check where you are going wrong or what you did right in scientific writing,

By Miss G F

Aug 5, 2019

This course was fantastic. I really struggle with writing concisely and I have had feedback from others that my writing style has greatly improved whilst taking this course and I hope it continues this way.

By Surangi T

May 10, 2021

I absolutely love Dr. Kristin Sainai's approach to this course. She is a very lively instructor and I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I certainly hope she would offer more writing courses on this platform.

By shaakira

Feb 13, 2021

The Instructor was very detailed in how to write scientifically. Both the quizzes and peer review writings helped me to better understand how to write scientifically a lot better than when I first started.

By Thang N

Jan 27, 2023

Lectures by Dr. Kristin Sainani is easy to understand and practical. I learned a lot from this course about how to keep my papers short and easy to understand. Avoid plagiarism and interviewed by journal.

By Garima K S

Feb 20, 2022

It's a great course for any academician or researcher out there. I learnt a lot, thanks a ton to Dr. Kristin Sainani, Stanford Medicine and Coursera for providing and bringing this up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

By Raksanan K

Oct 6, 2019

This course is very useful for a beginner like me. It provided all guidelines for writing in sciences from a manuscripts to a tweet! I really love this course and would recommend you all to give it a try!

By Tallya L

Aug 14, 2022

This course is great for the upcoming writer, graduate student, or anyone who wants to improve their writing skill. I learned many new skills and tools to improve my writing. I couldn't recomend it more!

By Denis M

Apr 19, 2022

In my opnion the Writing in the Sciences course is a great opportunity to improve writing skills for everyone. I have known about structure of research articles and I think it will help me in the future.

By Annele S

Mar 13, 2021

Very good course. I have written over 20 publications and yet got very valuable tips and advice on everything. Now looking forward to writing, I think it will go much faster and with much better results.

By Artem M

Jul 14, 2020

It was an amazing course. I've gained important skills and figured a number of tips and tricks. I'd like to express special thanks to Kristin Sainani for her inspirational and extremely helpful lections.

By Beatrice F

May 19, 2020

I think Dr. Sainani is a great teacher, I learnt a lot from her lessons and I appreciated especially the explanations about how to write all the sections of the article. I strongly recommend this course!

By Helena R

Apr 12, 2021

I think this course should be a requirement for everyone in academia. Not only does it teach how to write logically and concisely, it also helps to understand the way scientists think (and communicate).