What Is Academic Writing
The first factor or rule would be ‘Complexity.
Academic writing is meant to be more complex, using longer more dense words and with a varied vocabulary. It should be on a more complex level than spoken language, being precise and very accurate, meaning no slang or shortening of words. In addition to ‘Complexity, the second factor links with it very well, ‘Formality. ‘Formality is very important, as academic writing is to inform the reader on a subject, it is not to be entertaining. Writing should be up to a formal standard, like broadsheet papers, textbooks and journals.As writing has to be a high standard, ‘Precision’ should also be considered. However this type of writing might be more relevant to scientific writing, giving facts and figures precisely.
There is however a general rule that applies to all types of academic writing, which is objectivity. All academic writing should be written from an objective view, and not from a personal one. The main point of academic writing is to get your information across to the reader and your arguments. Making arguments for and against of the topic you are writing about and also with accurate vocabulary.Also good language to use with academic writing is links or hedging. To make a good piece of writing flow together would be using words like, However, Also, On average, etc. These words help link arguments and references together, making it easier for the reader to understand your topic and arguments.
After taking these points and transferring them to your writing, you should be able to produce a good piece of writing at an academic level. However you should always take accessibility for any piece of writing were you are using resources and references.Some form of a bibliography should be always be in any form of academic writing. You should also never copy any form of writing and use it for your own writing, as it would be plagiarism. Plagiarism is very important not only in university, but also for many careers. To conclude, there are a general rules to follow when writing in an academic style. Formality, accuracy, complexity, precision, objectively and most of all responsibility are the key factors to remember, if you want to write at a university level and for future arrears.