You write every day; emails, texts, form-filling etc. For each of these different tasks, you will use a different style of writing, choosing a style that is appropriate for the purpose and the people for whom you are writing.
It is likely that you will have to produce some written work to meet the assessment requirements of your programme. Writing that is completed for assessment purposes is regarded as ‘academic writing’. Academic writing is a more formal style of writing than used in everyday writing.
Academic writing style is quite different from the types of writing that you use in everyday life and might not be easy. Academic writing, more often than not, requires direction, practice and feedback. These pages aim to provide some guidance in getting started with academic writing.
After reading these pages you should have some idea of:
- The differences between ordinary writing and academic writing
- How to structure a piece of academic writing
- The importance of critical thinking
- How to state an argument
- What to check for when editing or proofreading your academic writing