Academic writing tips & tricks

Updated: Jun 2


Are you having difficulty with academic writing? This type of writing is important to any student throughout the entirety of their education. Academic writing is a form of structured writing that is different from the other types of writing that we do regularly, such as writing letters, articles, or stories.

This writing style is essential to any university student throughout their education. Academic writing is used in writing assignments, dissertations, thesis, etc. The writing session of the English proficiency test, such as IELTS, also includes this type of writing.

The structure of any piece of academic writing is as follows: introduction, body, and conclusion, and the number of paragraphs in the body may vary depending on the type of academic writing. In addition to this, a good piece of academic writing should be planned out thoroughly, focused on a particular topic, structured, evidenced, and formal in tone and style. As academic writing is a very structured form of writing, there is a format to the introduction, body, and conclusion.


Introduction

  • It is one of the essential parts of academic writing.

  • It summarizes the writing in one paragraph, hooks the reader to keep reading, and provides an argument.

  • It begins with the “opening sentence,” which summarizes the topic of the essay clearly and concisely.


Body paragraph


  • It focuses on the individual supporting points for the argument previously stated in the introduction.

  • The supporting points usually consist of compiled data or logic as a form of explanation and can sometimes be used as evidence.


Conclusion

  • The conclusion should be clear, and concise which is similar to the introduction.

  • It wraps the entire essay up, and so it should restate the argument and summarize the body paragraphs.

  • It should clarify the intent and importance of the paper.


Tone and Language

  • The essay's tone should be that of a formal one since it is written in an academic context.

  • This means that students should avoid using contractions such as “don’t,” pronouns such as “I, he, we, they,” and informal words typically used in everyday language.

  • Profane language and curses should also be avoided in academic writing.


The process

Getting started is one of the most challenging parts of writing. The breakdown process below will help your writing experience be easier and more manageable.


Step 1: Brainstorm all the ideas that will go into the essay

Step 2: Cut out ideas that are not important to the essay

Step 3: To produce an error-free and well-thought-out essay, finish your writing early and ask someone to proofread it.


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