October 22, 2018

Academic Writing Tips for Beginners

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By now you have been fully enrolled and inducted on to your degree programme, and you’re ready and raring to go. Great! Keep that enthusiasm. You will need it to successfully prepare yourself for undergraduate study and its assessments. Undergraduate study is an entirely new level of education, which requires you to perform at a higher level than that of A-levels or other equivalent qualifications. Particularly if you are studying a course that is heavily coursework based, it is important for you to ensure that your academic writing skills are up to scratch.

Structure and format

Before beginning any piece of work it is highly recommended that you follow a specific structure. Why? The content of your assignment follows an obvious flow that is easy to comprehend. Thus, it is easy for the marker to go through and pick out key points that they are looking for. Furthermore, by following a plan you will feel less stressed and you can work at ease knowing exactly what you need to do next. It is important to have a sense order and a sense of control, especially in c

Opening and closing paragraphs

You should always ensure that your coursework has a strong introduction. Your opening paragraph sets the standard of the rest of your work in the eyes of the marker; this is where he or she is able to assess whether you have truly understood the task you have been set.

Be certain that you have not included anything new when writing your conclusion. This section should only summarise the findings discussed in the main body of your assignment.

Of course, you should ensure that what you have written is clear throughout, but always start strong and end strong.

Reviewing work

Get into the habit of rewriting a piece of work several times before final submission. This should be an ongoing process from start to finish. GSM London’s small class sizes means that academics have more time to give feedback; more so than lecturer’s at larger institutions.

By following the advice given you will be able to refine the content you have written and eradicate any unnecessary information, producing a more articulate piece of work that more than meets its purpose.

Citing your work

It is important to remember that as an academic writer, you must cite any documents, info-graphics or other sources of information that you have referred to in your work. If no credit is given to the original author and publisher then you will be penalized for plagiarism. 

GSM London has a vast digital collection which is accessible for free by students and staff. This includes subject databases, video tutorials, journals, e-books and podcasts. You can also check your work for plagiarism before final submission. As a member of the GSM London community, this can all be be accessed on your GSM Learn at all times.

For more information regarding academic writing and any other form of support available from the library, visit Library and Learning Resources on the official GSM London website.

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