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…
Don't make your reader sweat – be precise about what you're talking about.
Identifying opposing elements in your work can expose underlying conflicts and reveal potential themes.
Try to avoid starting sentences with 'There is' and search for more interesting alternatives.
Tidy up your writing by eliminating clumps of short words.
Written assignments can be particularly challenging for students whose first language is not English but there are ways to alleviate anxieties around writing.
Each paragraph is a building block in your argument.
A little editing goes a long way to making your writing clearer.
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