3 Best Courses for Learning Transition Words for Better Cohesion

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Cohesion is what helps your reader understand the connection between your ideas. Transitions and conjunctions are the words and phrases that build cohesion.

Here is a list of cohesion-building words.

I have designed the Virtual Writing Tutor’s Cohesion Checker to measure the cohesion in your text by looking for transitions and conjunctions. When the system detects cohesion in your text, it displays a bar graph showing you what categories of transition words and conjunctions you have used.

An example of the feedback from the cohesion checker

If you don’t use cohesion words in your text, you have a problem. Your writing will seem choppy and disconnected to your reader. On the other extreme, it is also possible to use too many cohesion words, which your reader will find awkward and distracting.

If you are concerned about your ability to select and use transition words and conjunctions to build cohesion in your text, perhaps you should take a course. I have found two courses on Udemy by the same instructor that you might find useful.

Transition Words: Effective Way to Connect Ideas in Writing (4.3 stars)

The first course is taught is highly rated and is specifically designed to help writers with want to learn more about creating cohesive texts. The teacher is called Yanina, and she is from Belarus. She has a Master’s degree in Teaching English and a second master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Learning. In other words, she is highly qualified.

Here’s what students say.

5-star review
5-star review

Here’s what you can expect.

  • Students will be able to identify 9 categories of discourse connectors and the peculiarities of their use.
  • Students will be able to practice using discourse connectors in sentences and paragraphs.
  • Students will be able to gain confidence in using a variety of discourse connectors and express a variety of meanings in writing.
  • Students will be able to improve coherence of their writing.

Coordinating Conjunctions: The Ultimate Guide (4.5 stars)

Another course by Yanina Tsupa that addresses the problem of creating cohesion in a text is her new course on coordinating conjunctions. It is also highly rated.

Here’s what you get.

  • Students will be able to identify single- and multi word coordinating conjunctions in English.
  • Students will be able to practice connecting ideas using SINGLE-WORD coordinating conjunctions FOR, AND, NOR, BUT, OR, YET.
  • Students will be able to practice connecting ideas using MULTI-WORD correlative conjunctions BOTH…AND, NEITHER…NOR, EITHER…OR, NOT ONLY…BUT ALSO.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct meaning of single-word coordinators, such as ADDITION, CAUSE and EFFECT, CONDITION, TEMPORAL SUCCESSION, CONCESSION.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct meaning of multi-word coordinators, such as ADDITION, ALTERNATIVES, CONTRAST, CONCESSION.
  • Students will be able to perform reduction of sentence with coordination.

Whatever you decide, keep writing and keep using the Virtual Writing Tutor.

Cohesion Words

Coordinating Conjunctions

  • and
  • but
  • for
  • nor
  • or
  • so
  • yet

Subordinating Conjunctions

  • as
  • as if
  • as though
  • because
  • before
  • even
  • even if
  • if
  • in order that
  • rather than
  • since
  • so that
  • than
  • that
  • though
  • unless
  • until
  • when
  • whenever
  • while

Transitions Indicating a Time Order

  • after a long time
  • after a short while
  • afterward
  • at present
  • at the same time
  • at this moment
  • concurrently
  • currently
  • earlier
  • former
  • formerly
  • henceforth
  • hereafter
  • heretofore
  • in retrospect
  • in the future
  • in the past
  • not long after
  • not long ago
  • of late
  • preceding
  • presently
  • previously
  • prior to
  • recently
  • right after
  • right away
  • simultaneously
  • soon after
  • thereafter
  • until now
  • yesterday

Transitions Indicating a Contrast

  • a clear difference
  • a distinct difference
  • a striking difference
  • a strong distinction
  • against
  • although
  • an opposing view
  • and yet
  • another distinction
  • balanced against
  • by contrast
  • contrarily
  • contrary to
  • conversely
  • counter to
  • despite
  • different from
  • even though
  • in contrast
  • in opposition to
  • nonetheless
  • on the contrary
  • on the other hand
  • opposing
  • otherwise
  • regardless
  • the antithesis of
  • the reverse of
  • to differ from
  • to differentiate
  • to oppose
  • up against
  • whereas

Transitions Indicating a Comparison

  • along the same lines
  • analogous to
  • as compared with
  • as well as
  • by comparison
  • comparable
  • comparatively
  • compared to
  • consistent with
  • correlate
  • correspondingly
  • equal
  • equivalent
  • identical
  • in a similar fashion
  • in comparison
  • in like manner
  • in the same manner
  • in the same way
  • like
  • likewise
  • matching
  • meanwhile
  • of little difference
  • parallel to
  • relative to
  • relatively
  • resemble
  • resembling
  • similarly
  • synonymous
  • to the same extent
  • too
  • uniformly
  • where

Transitions Indicating Causes and Effects

  • accordingly
  • as a consequence
  • as a result
  • because of this
  • by reason of
  • caused by
  • consequently
  • due to
  • for this purpose
  • for this reason
  • hence
  • in effect
  • in view of
  • on account of
  • otherwise
  • owing to
  • the end result
  • the outcome
  • the ramifications
  • thereafter
  • therefore
  • thus
  • to this end

Transitions Indicating a Sequence

  • at first
  • at last
  • at the beginning
  • at the end
  • at the onset
  • commencing with
  • concluded with
  • concluding with
  • embark
  • final
  • finally
  • first
  • following that
  • from this point
  • immediately
  • in the end
  • in the first
  • in the last
  • in the second
  • in the third
  • in turn
  • initially
  • last
  • later on
  • next
  • occasion
  • once
  • place
  • second /secondly
  • so far
  • starting with
  • subsequently
  • the final point
  • the following week
  • the latter
  • the second stage
  • third
  • to begin with

Transitions for Introducing Additional Information

  • again
  • also
  • and then
  • besides
  • following this
  • further
  • in addition
  • lastly
  • now
  • so too
  • what’s more

Transitions for Introducing Examples

  • a case in point
  • an analogy
  • another way
  • as an example
  • as an illustration
  • consider
  • consider as an illustration
  • for example
  • for instance
  • for one thing
  • in another case
  • in one example
  • in order to clarify
  • in particular
  • in the following manner
  • in this case
  • in this situation
  • in this specific instance
  • more exactly
  • namely
  • on this occasion
  • specifically
  • such as
  • suppose that
  • take the case of
  • that is
  • to be exact
  • to bring to light
  • to clarify
  • to demonstrate
  • to exemplify
  • to explain
  • to illuminate
  • to illustrate
  • to put another way
  • to show

Transitions for Emphasis and Intensification

  • above all
  • actually
  • after all
  • as a matter of fact
  • certainly
  • decidedly
  • definitely
  • equally important
  • especially
  • furthermore
  • in fact
  • increasingly important
  • indeed
  • more emphatically
  • more important
  • moreover
  • most important of all
  • most of all
  • of great concern
  • of major concern
  • primarily
  • significantly
  • surely
  • the crux of the matter
  • the main issue
  • the main problem
  • the major reason
  • there is no question that
  • to emphasize
  • to recapitulate
  • very likely
  • without a doubt
  • without doubt
  • without question

Transitions Indicating an Exception

  • however
  • in spite of
  • nevertheless
  • once in a while
  • sometimes
  • still

Transitions for Summarizing and Concluding

  • as has been noted
  • as I have said
  • as I have shown
  • hence
  • in brief
  • in conclusion
  • in short
  • in sum
  • it follows
  • on the whole
  • summing up
  • the upshot of all this is that
  • to conclude
  • to sum up
  • to summarize

Transitions Indicating a Concession

  • admittedly
  • concede that
  • granted
  • it is true that
  • naturally
  • of course
  • to be sure

Transitions for Elaborating

  • by extension
  • in other words
  • to elaborate
  • to put it another way
  • to put it bluntly
  • to put it succinctly
  • ultimately
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