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Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Writing
by Neha SharmaJuly 27, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts of Academic Writing

Academic writing is an integral part of the curriculum right from school to post graduation. It is one of the judgmental parameters for high-level entrance examinations and is also a way to study a person’s thought process and abilities. Hence, it is always required that an individual should have strong writing skills to excel in their fields. Here is a brief description of Do’s and Don’ts for your academic writing.

Make sure that you stick to the point and don’t deviate from the central topic. The reader should be able to easily understand the writing and what you are trying to convey. A thesis statement makes a good impression and is an obligatory part of an essay in the introduction section. Divide your complete writing into various sections accordingly and equally with relevant points. Also, make sure to keep a smooth and a consistent flow in your writing. Interconnectivity should be there in your paragraphs at proper places. Try to use high-level vocabulary words and phrases wherever required. Maintain correctness and authenticity in your writing by providing only accurate facts or examples which find relatability to your topic. Avoid spelling mistakes and take special care of your grammar. Try to frame long and grammatically correct sentences. Be clear, concise and objective. Use proper style and format as per the instructions and stick to only one type of format. Lastly, revise your writing and check for errors if any, and correct them accordingly.

Do not write too much and stretch the points out of context. Do not deviate from your topic and stay close to the subject. Avoid using negative language and double meaning sentences. Do not use abusive, slang or vulgar terms. Do not use sweeping generalizations. Avoid repeating words or phrases. Do not give judgments or opinions through your writing. Avoid using numbers and words unsystematically. Do not use contractions (wouldn’t) and instead use complete words (would not). Do not turn nouns into verbs. Do not plagiarize and copy. Do not neglect to the format of your complete writing. Do not present your writing with too many examples, quotations or facts. Do not address the reader. Do not write in the passive voice and instead, write in active voice. Do not use unnecessary words and phrases and avoid repeating a specific word in your writing. Lastly, write to impress and not express.

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