Tips to Develop Better Academic Writing Skills

Whatever you are writing – a thesis, paper, essay or research, your aim is not only to give some information on the topic and, hopefully, some unique point of view. What you should always keep in mind is that your piece of work has to be as clear and concise for the readers, as it is possible. It is a writing quality not easy to achieve, but getting such skills will make your writing truly impactful.

Here are the tips that can help you to improve your writing skills.

  1. Research your topic. To make your written piece impactful and with unique voice, you have to understand the topic and feel really confident about it. The more you read, listen, think about the topic, look for the answers – the more you actually have to say.
  2. Write a draft and re-write it. Writing a research paper of a thesis can be really overwhelming, as we all know, it’s a big thing. Start from small steps. Write a draft knowing this is not a finished thesis, it can be a section or a chapter. Write even when you think that you are not ready, not in the mood or your style sucks. That is why we need re-writing part. The next day or weeks after you will feel much confident and competent, and you’ll improve your piece significantly.
  3. Always edit and proofread.
  4. Get some feedback on your writing. It can be your supervisor or your peer, the aim here is to receive a structured feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your work, both the writing style and the content, too.
  5. Avoid plagiarism, as well as over-quoting. While quoting is legitimate and necessary, unlike passing off someone else’s content as your own, try to minimize it. The paper stuffed with quotes seems like a borrowed content, and this is not what you’re striving for. You may simplify and paraphrise, just not forget to attribute those parts of your work to the original source.
  6. Keep language formal. Try to avoid the casual everyday style of speaking or writing. Academic writing should generally be quite formal and impersonal.
  7. Provide supporting evidence. You may be writing about theory and not having some experiments or studies to support your argument (use them, though, if you have). Having trustful sources and bibliography is a must for any kind of academic writing piece.
  8. Have a clear conclusion to prove your thesis.

Strongly written academic piece is a positive image of you and a great boost for your (future) scientific career.

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