Academic writing & Editing
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
— Ernest Hemingway
Writing is a skill for many situations throughout life. If you think about it, every day we write emails and notes, and some of us have blogs and social network pages. At work we have to respond to work emails, and often write reports. At university we have to write academic essays and reports, and learn to write up research and present our work to others as we progress on our student journey.
Learning to write academically is an ongoing practice. Like all skills, the more you do it, the better you get and the easier it is. Some of us are natural writers and love to write, some of us aren’t but still see the need to learn to write well, and some of us have come to enjoy writing later in life. Whatever your reasons to learn to write at university, the skills you learn are transferable into business and daily life.
Reading, Writing, Thinking, Learning & Editing all go together on your student journey. This is usually how it works:
- read and ask questions and reflect on what you’ve read
- write those ideas into brief notes
- write your notes into a structured essay or report
- edit your ideas and grammar as you go and at the end.
As you write you will learn, because you have to put your ideas together about a topic. All this sounds a lot, but with a little bit of regular practice, you will be able to do it easily and enjoy it more. It all makes for success at university, whether you are just aiming to pass or get high grades. And remember, all these skills you can take into your daily and work life.
Academic writing is formal and has its own set of rules and practices.
Academic writing rules and practices have been developed in the academy over hundreds of years, so that ideas and knowledge are organised around formal written structure and grammar, supported by evidence found in research data and credible sources of information.
Academic writing takes practice to learn the skills. You need to be able to:
- Understand the question or what’s required
- Find information
- Learn about what you’ve read
- Write about it on topic
- Reference and acknowledge where you’ve got your ideas and sources of information from
- Edit what you’ve written
Sometimes we can do this on our own and sometimes we want some help to do it. I can meet with you regularly and be your writing coach to get these writing projects done.
Academic editing can be as simple as checking your spelling, punctuation and grammar, right through to structurally editing your writing.
Editing skills are required for any essay writer, where English is your first or second language, if you are new to university and you want to learn more about academic essay writing. Editing can also turn a good essay or thesis into a great one.
How I can help you
If you feel afraid, uncertain, not confident or just want to learn more writing and editing skills I can help by being a dedicated and engaged reader and coach. I have written different types of academic essays and reports over the years and hold a master’s degree in education and I am now completing a PhD. I can be your academic educator and mentor.