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The writing you need to do for your assignments is different to every-day writing. It is more formal, objective and structured.
While different assignment types and subjects may have different writing conventions, academic writing has these common features
Academic writing should also
What is academic writing? - LearnHigher website (opens in a new window)
What is an academic paper? - Dartmouth College website (opens in new window)
Often the words used in academic English aren't the same as the words used in everyday spoken or written English.The sites below contain some useful words and phrases to help you write academically.
The academic phrasebank - University of Manchester website (opens in a new window)
Academic writing phrases - Academic English UK website (opens in a new window)
Even though the basic principles of academic writing are the same irrespective of the subject area, different academic disciplines may have different writing conventions. This means that different subjects may:
To find out what type or style of writing is required in your subject area check your course page, learning material and/or the set text for advice. If you're still not sure what's required ask your lecturer/tutor.
The websites below have more detailed information, but remember that the requirements may differ at different educational institutions:
Writing - Monash University website (opens in new window)
Writing scientifically - Engage website (opens in new window)
Writing in psychology - Purdue Online Writing Lab website (opens in new window)
Writing in the disciplines - University of Richmond website (opens in new window)
As part of your studies you may also be required to write reflectively or show evidence of reflective thinking. This type of writing is more personal than most other academic writing. It usually involves analysing an event or idea, and explaining what something means to you and/or how it has affected you personally. Assignments requiring students to write reflectively include:
Reflective writing - Deakin University website (opens in new window)
Reflective journal - RMIT website (opens in new window)