student with pile of booksIt’s always useful to ask a colleague, friend or family member to look over your work — or exchange the favour with a researcher in a different field. Agree with your reader that they will look at the writing rather than the content. If it’s a good piece of writing, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the topic; you should be able to follow the argument and spot any gaps in the logic. To make the task manageable, ask your reader to check only the section you feel needs the most attention. Allowing time in your schedule to seek and incorporate feedback will help you to improve your writing.

Lucy English
16 January 2020