According to Dr Alison Yeung Yam Wah at the University of Surrey, who researches the writing strategies of academics, ‘readability’ is one of the key ingredients of successful academic papers. Yet academic writers frequently make their text hard to read…
Always check your writing for over-long sentences and insert a full stop.
If you have to edit out sections of your writing, keep them in case they're useful for another project.
Focus on using powerful, single-word verbs to make your writing more formal.
Don't make your reader sweat – be precise about what you're talking about.
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