Mastering your academic writing skills
Hopefully you have finished mastering your academic writing skills by the time you graduate high school. If you haven’t, though, there is still hope. A few simple tips can help put you right on course for writing the perfect essays. Building an Outline. Start out by writing down your main point. Then list a few things that will prove it. You should have at least four items for your essay: introduction, first point, second point, third point. Your final paragraph will be a summary of the points, reinforcing the statement made in the introduction. Of course, as you progress through academia the essays will become longer and more complex. The basic process is the same each and every time. Start with a main point (sometimes known as a thesis) and then provide evidence to prove that point. When you’re finished, summarize everything in a clear, concise fashion. If you follow these simple tips you will be able to master your academic writing skills in no time at all. Don’t be surprised if you write the next big thesis that leads to a huge break through!
Types of Writing Skills
- MLA and APA citations and reference pages. One of the most obvious areas in which your writing skills will be of use is when writing essays and research papers. These are two very different kinds of papers, though, and each requires different types of writing.
- Building an outline. Make sure that you use the proper form of citations (MLA or APA) based on what your professor requires. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade, even if the essay was otherwise perfect.
- Essay questions on tests. Another area that may require top notch academic writing skills is essay questions on tests.
Common essay types patterns
In both forms of writing it will be important to provide an introductory paragraph, a few paragraphs to support the statements made in the first, and then a final concluding paragraph. In some cases you may find it difficult to put your thoughts into an essay. Working with a structured plan will make this easier. Building an outline before you start writing is the best way to do this. These are usually short essays of no more than five paragraphs. You will be asked to explain a topic or present a point of view, backing up your statements with facts.