The Magic 3: Secrets of Excellent Academic Writing
This post is very likely to be boring. Especially if you’ve been browsing for the episodes of “Jersey Shore” and the unexplainable reasons brought you here. We’re going to deal with something you probably don’t like but most surely need.
It’s academic writing! Tadaa!
Of course, you don’t use it every day. It obviously doesn’t constitute the main part of your life and you could totally survive without it. But when you actually need to write an essay or a term paper, it’s better to be able to do it well.
If we tried to decide what is academic writing definition, it is very likely that the one and the only answer wouldn’t be found. It’s far more simple to answer the question when is academic writing used. Most often, you write essays, research papers and proposals in order to inform people about your ideas, justify them and convince the audience that you are truly knowledgeable of your field and ready to provide new, interesting insights of the topic. So, most likely, you address the members of academic community. Would you be pleased to open a well-known journal and see the articles and researches, full of mistakes and incompatibilities with academic writing standards? You’d probably consider these materials as disrespect and total waste of time. I’m pretty sure, you’d prefer people to have different impression from your writing.
Aim at your audience.
When you write any type of academic paper, you need to think of the people, who are going to read it. Explain the concepts, that are used only in your narrow field of studies. Apply to their beliefs and ideas in order to help people relate to the subject of your studies. Let them know, you’ve written this essay or a research paper not only as an inevitable part of your studies, but as a voluntary contribution to your field.
Make It Classy
Think of an important scientific conference. You’re at the hall waiting for a top speaker: expert in physics, biology, chemistry or whatever. And here he comes to the stage: ripped jeans, dirty T-shirt, uncombed hair, mumbling something unclear. Are you going to take him seriously? I bet not. Your paper is likely to look the same, if academic writing format is not followed, citations are not provided and your work can be described as “shabby” – it is very likely to fail. When the body of your project is assembled, don’t skip the decorating part. Use standard font and margins (they should be either specified by your instructor or be Times New Roman 12 and 1 inch respectively) and make sure that you follow proper citation format. Let your paper wear a cool suite and a tie, not a ragged outfit.
Don’t Try to Look Smart: Be One!
It is relatively easy to make your work look smart and decorous. It is truly difficult to keep the academic paper clear and informative as long as concise. Don’t overload it with words, that seem to be just the longest ones you’ve managed to find in the thesaurus. Don’t distance yourself too far from your writing, overusing the passive voice. Don’t flatter your audience, mentioning that only smart people like them could understand your remarkable observations. If you’ve done a good job – it’ll speak for itself. And even if the format is important, don’t go too baroque on that. Better choose classical!
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