Finessing an argument and spotting typos need different mindsets. Whether you’re writing an essay or a PhD, you need to be the editor as well as the author.
Look through your essay and underline your reporting verbs. Then decide whether you have used the most suitable verb in each case.
To raise the quality of your writing, check your verbs. Select verbs that say exactly what you mean and carry the right amount of weight.
Dr Lucy English Reflective writing is used in subjects as varied as education, nursing, sociology and the creative arts as a method to reflect on the learning experience. Students often find reflective writing difficult. How do you write about your…
If your essay is peppered with comments such as ‘Who?’ or ‘What?’, you may have made a common grammatical error. To check, look for the pronouns.
Even if you feel safer with the passive voice, consider how you might use the occasional active sentence to liven up your writing.
Try to put your work aside for a few days before proofreading it.
Here's an enjoyable way to learn how the different parts of speech affect your writing style.
Words such as ‘therefore’ and ‘however’ have a specific use - make sure you are using them correctly.
Don't make your reader sweat – be precise about what you're talking about.