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    Writing is a skill most students need in their academic life but not all of them master. Everything is based on how well you write and present information during your academic years. Although there are no shortcuts to improve your writing skills, you can slowly and gradually get there if you keep a few simple things in mind. Like everything else, writing too requires immense amount of hard work and practice to come anywhere near perfect. In this post, we will talk about the barriers that stops you from being a good writer as well as things that can improve your writing skills. I have been an academic writer for 6 years now and I have compiled this list to the best of my knowledge. Let’s look at how you can improve your academic writing skills;

    1. Read academic journals, a lot of them – Reading has helped me a lot in improving my writing skills. However, it’s not just reading that helps, I went through thousands of academic literatures in the past 6 years to grasp the style and tone of writing. Reading shouldn’t be confused with skimming. Skimming is when you scan the document and understand the information. Reading, on the other hand, is an in-depth analysis of the text. How it is written, how it is addressed to the readers, what style, tone and formatting is used etc. Reading feeds your subconscious mind. The more you read, the better you get at conveying information because somewhere at the back of your mind, you know.
    2. Practice, until you perfect it – Whether it is writing or any other skill, there’s always a chance of improvement. Perfection is an abstract, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to achieve it. The more you write, better you get. You can also diversify the topics you choose to write on. Diverse topics help you gain a better perspective on things and also, make it less boring.
    3. Ask for feedback, honest ones – One thing I learned about feedback in all these years of writing is that if its not honest, it doesn’t mean anything. Don’t expect people to tell you how good you are. Your growth will be stunted. Ask people to give you honest feedback and assure them that you are going to take it in good spirits and improve where necessary. Ask anonymous readers, publish an academic blog, share your write-ups in forums etc. This won’t only give you a good reach but will also help you in collecting feedback and gradually improving on it.
    4. Follow the step-by-step approach – There are a few steps that you can follow during your initial writing practice to enhance your skills and make writing a better experience. These steps include;
    • Developing ideas
    • Identifying focus or thesis
    • First-draft composition
    • Feedback on first-draft
    • Revising the outline (first draft) incorporating feedback, ideas
    • Editing of the final draft
    • Presentation
    1. Dissect other’s writing, ones you admire – Find out academic writers that you admire and go through all their sentences word by word. Dissect their writing style, make notes, observations and try to do what they did in your own piece. The idea here is not to plagiarise but understand the style of writing from your favourite academicians. When you dissect your favourite write-up twice or thrice, you understand exactly how to write.
    2. Stop Procrastinating, start writing – They say that the only thing holding you back from doing something magical is procrastination. Most young writers get discouraged really quick. They start procrastinating and before they know, they miss out on a lot of time. You have to understand that it is not easy being a writer. You have to go to great lengths to achieve what you want to. Moreover, that is applicable in all fields of life. So, stop procrastination and get your first draft ready in the next half an hour. Remember, if you are sincere towards yourself, you will always make it big. Its only a matter of time.   

     

    Clara

    Clara has been an international academic counselor for as long as she knows. Her expertise lies in providing informative and relevant guidance to students all over the world. In her free time, Clara writes on topics like student problems, part-time jobs and admission procedures etcetera.

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