Importance of academic writing

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  • Monday, 17 Sep 2018

ACADEMIC writing has always had a central role in the academics arena globally. Schools and educators will share knowledge and experience and train students to write academically, as the writing skills will benefit them later.

Academic writing serves as a tool of communication that conveys acquired knowledge in a specific field of study. Writing academically will help students analyse, convey understanding, think critically and focus on technique and style.

When we write, we will surely look at previous writers’ ideas or work, and form our own understanding; we just cannot summarise what they have done, but we do need to think why it was done and look for ways we can use it in the future. We learn to analyse from our reading and come out with what is important.

In higher institutions of learning, it can be difficult for students to explain what they know, especially on complex subjects, if they are poor in academic writing. Writing and essays will allow students to explain what they understand and know by using the correct phrases and styles and make the information understood by others.

We should not write a one-sided paper that leaves no room for argument. Academic writing needs students to look at ideas and research from a different perspective. Students have to learn to analyse theories from a number of different viewpoints and then write based on what they understand. To think critically and objectively is a useful skill for people to learn early on in life, as the ability to look at things objectively is something that will benefit them in real life.

Academic writing has a strong focus on technique and how it should be used to best convey ideas. If students learn about style and how to write essays early on in their academic careers, they will find it much easier to write papers throughout university.


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