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Academic Writing Basics: Academic writing and the rules governing it

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11 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. What Is Academic Writing? - Introduction

    • 2. The Rules

    • 3. The Words You Use

    • 4. No Abbreviations

    • 5. Be Clear

    • 6. Filler Words

    • 7. Referencing

    • 8. Tight Writing

    • 9. Thanks! Academic Writing

    • 10. More Classes on Essay Writing

    • 11. Academic Teacher Introduction Shellie Cleaver

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Join librarian and experienced essay tutor Shellie for this 10 minute class that will help you achieve better university marks by better understanding academic writing. We explore what academic writing is, the rules, the words you use, no abbreviations, be clear, filler words, referencing and tight writing.

Learn the secrets of academic writing. Gain insights into the academic world and the rules of academic writing. Improve your essays and get better marks with the tips and tricks in this video.

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1. What Is Academic Writing? - Introduction : What is academic rotting? If you just signed up to university, you might be in the middle of your studies. You would have encountered the academic essay. Now rotting in S. A university is different to most other types of writing you would have done in your life. And people don't always spell out. Exactly watch makes an academic essay academic. So with this class, I'm hoping to shed some light on the qualities of academic rotting and how to do it better so that you can enjoy better mocks. 2. The Rules: academic writing is a form of writing that has lots and lots of rules rules, which in parachute to getting good grades when you say it's marked. So we'll be looking at some of these rules and some of them go on written a lot of the time when I was studying at University are only really fully understood. Has specific academic riding can be after I'd completed numerous essay It's and I learned as I went and my mark steadily improved as I as I gained an understanding off this academic bubble and the rules associated with writing for that, Jonah. So we're gonna be looking at what words you use. What words Not to use what we're gonna look. A why you don't abbreviate Woods. We're gonna consider clarity of writing. We're gonna look a filler words, and we're gonna look at the importance of editing and talking about your writing before you submit it. 3. The Words You Use: Because academic writing is a formal, structured way of writing, there are certain words that are not appropriate to use. So we're gonna have a look at what some of these might be. Casual. Conversational words are not appropriate. Talking first person is not appropriate, and even stating your opinions is often not appropriate. Instead, what you need to do is actually back up what you're saying in reference to the research and established proven backs. So some words you wouldn't use are a bit. I wouldn't say, Let's say bad the word bad isn't specific enough. Wouldn't you would really say good to describe things? Um, you wouldn't say stuff you wouldn't say. Always. You wouldn't say dairy. You wouldn't say any words to excessive in what they made. Can't say huge meaning to use words that exact and can very very specific meaning to the radar. So all of these descriptive words can't be too general, and they can't be exaggerated, and they need to reflect and accurately as possible what you're trying to say 4. No Abbreviations: so abbreviating words is a big no no in academic writing, and the reason for this is that it's too casual. It's not formal enough, so you wouldn't say this can't be done. And all examples similar set up must write out words. 5. Be Clear: one of the biggest requirements for academic writing is clarity. This means clarity in the structure and logic of your arguments and what you're writing. So the order in which you write things and how you develop your thoughts and and remain consistent throughout the entire essay through the introduction, the body and the conclusion the other aspect of being clear in your rushing So actually using woods that, uh, specific you can't afford to be vague in an academic essay. So if someone reads a sentence that you've written on their left not being entirely sure what you mean, that is not gonna win you marks. So you must will cut every sentence you write in your essay and think. Does this make sense logically? Does this make sense is I read it and cannot be more specific about what I'm telling Rada. Really good academic essay makes use of the full word count by packing in information. So this means you're using language in a way that is effective and direct and very clean. 6. Filler Words: one of the biggest challenges for people who are new to academic rotting and even for people who are experienced in it is not using filler words. So I do a lot of editing of essays of academic students at university and the number of villa words used in essays. It's huge, and a lot of my time when I'm energy is spent taking out the unnecessary words. So sentences maybe wordy and two to lengthy. The person hasn't written directly enough. And when I write my own essay, so my own studies I go through and edit the drops and many times and just call the words. Call the extra words because I know that when you're writing need to get the words down and that's fine. You probably be over the world camp, and that's really what you want because you want to then be able to come back and take out the X extra words and really stopped refining and paring down for a site so that it's very succinct. Some examples off Bill words may include, perhaps maybe, simply somehow, absolutely, basically actually now sort of kind of a little, very 7. Referencing: one of the key aspects that distinguishes academic writing from every day. Writing is the use of references. Academic rushing requires that every statement that you make is backed up by reference. Now, this reference is to usually a journal article. Ah, scholarly peer reviewed, published article that states the same fact that you are now putting in your essay. This proves to the reader that you have researched that your ideas are solid and that you are participating in the academic world. So, um, academic essay is not the place to put your opinions. If you're going to say something, it must be backed up by a reference. And this can takes genes quite some time to get the hang off. But basically you can go through your entire essay and look the way you made a statement of a fact, a strong opinion, and you need to make sure that that is referenced. Every single statement must be referenced 8. Tight Writing: the final step, often in academic rushing is reviewing your draft S A, and this is vital and it's almost limitless. It's a number of times you can go through and review the writing. And during this process, what you're aiming to do is tight enough. You're writing academic rushing needs to be taught as possible, and this means making sure the filler words aren't there, making sure there are no abbreviations, ensuring that the sentences actually convey meaning and content. And also looking at the Esso overall and making sure that the introduction has clarity, that it tells the radar exactly what's going to be covered in the essay. And then you need to make sure that the body of the essay follows that structure, and then you need to consider your conclusion, and it needs to reflect the introduction, summarize the main points covered in the body of the essay and then be finished in a way that leads leaves of you are thinking about the next steps regarding whatever you covered. A conclusion should never have new information in it 9. Thanks! Academic Writing: thanks for joining me. As we've looked at what makes academic writing different from every day writing. I hope you've gained a better sense of what to look for and what to do as you work on your essays. And I hope you picked up some tips that will help you achieve improved marks in the future . Happy writing. And we'll see you next time. Bye. 10. More Classes on Essay Writing: I've recorded many classes on academic essay writing, so follow me on school share and you'll see all of the classes I've done. Here is the follow button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take on academic writing. He's a sample of some of the cake classes I've made s a success. Answer the question. Academic writing Basics. Ace essay introductions Boot camp. Start your essay today. Distinction essays, Secrets to success and s a success. Critical thinking. As you can see, there's a large range of classes you could take with me to improve your academic writing. I look forward to seeing you in these classes and to hearing your feedback on how your essay writing and your university marks have improved. So let's keep learning and improving and let's get started now 11. Academic Teacher Introduction Shellie Cleaver: academia is an entire world on its own. And unless you've come from an academic family, you're likely not to have any idea even exists. Before 2013 I had no idea what academia waas. I studied a finance degree. I was working Rito and I was ready to do something more skilled and more meaningful. So I undertook a masters at Melbourne University, and this two year degree was very, very academic, So I had to learn how to write excites from scratch. I'll never forget the experience of trying to write my first master's s A. I had five different guides in front of me, and I was literally pouring through them, trying to understand. What should a body Vanessa be? How do you conclude the essay? I had no idea, and I achieved a credit or possibly my first say, and from then my lob steadily improved. I'm now completing my second masters degree, where he academic library and I'm going to be a librarian. So I wanted to share my knowledge off academia and essay writing with you guys just to help make your journey