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Research and Learning skills: Academic writing

Academic Writing - Quick Tips

Answer the question and make sure you follow task instructions and rubrics carefully.

Support your views with well-referenced research, evidence and examples.

Analyse and synthesise ideas, and evaluate them critically. Don’t just describe.

Use objective language that doesn’t focus on your personal views (e.g. “It is evident that……” not  “I think that…")

Use a formal style: use more formal words (e.g. “children” not “kids”), don’t use contractions (“will not” not “won’t”), and don’t use abbreviations (e.g. “that is” not “i.e”)

Use standard, consistent formatting: clear paragraphs and/or sections; fonts like Arial or Calibri in 12 point; name, student ID and page numbers in the footer etc.

Academic Writing - In the Library

Writing well, Kanopy

Whatever kind of learning style you have, all it takes to strengthen and improve your writing is following a series of guidelines and techniques. You'll discover the secrets to choosing powerful words, building effective paragraphs, organizing entire essays, spending the right amount of time drafting and editing your work, and more.

Presenter: Michael Geisen M.A., Professor at Southern Oregon University.

This clip is only running for 5:55 minutes. To watch a full video, (30 minutes), go here.

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