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How to Overcome the Challenges of Writing in Academic English

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Writing for academic purposes can be an intimidating task. Not only do you have to craft a well-structured, logical piece of work, but you must also adhere to certain conventions and language expectations. The challenge of writing in academic English is one that many students face - from those just starting at university to those completing their PhDs...

Understanding the differences between academic and informal writing can be confusing, but it's important to remember their unique purposes. Academic writing tends to be more formal, incorporating technical language and references to support arguments. On the other hand, informal writing takes a more relaxed approach and doesn't require any specific formatting or citation guidelines(link to blog 1). Adherence to proper grammar rules is crucial to communicating effectively in an academic or professional setting. This includes using correct sentence structure such as subject-verb agreement, being mindful of verb tense, adhering to proper punctuation, using appropriate vocabulary, avoiding colloquialisms, ensuring that all content is relevant, and correctly formatting quotes or paraphrasing sources when necessary. It's also important to become familiar with citations and learn how to structure your paper into organised sections, including an introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion, with clear transitions between them to create a logical flow within each section.

Writing in academic English can seem overwhelming, especially if you are not used to formal writing. However, following a few simple steps and sticking to them throughout the process can create an effective structure that will help you write efficiently.

· Create an outline with an introduction, body, and conclusion sections.

· Use consistent style, grammar, and vocabulary.

· Pay attention to transitions for a logical flow.

· Check references for appropriate citations.

If you need further assistance with referencing, more useful resources are available from EAP Space Pathway universities, such as Griffth University and Swinburne University of Technology (Sydney).


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