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Academic writing

You probably spend a lot of time writing - emails, texts, shopping lists, letters to friends, filling in forms etc. For each of these, you will use a different style of writing, choosing whichever is appropriate for the purpose and the people you are writing for. 

Student writing assignmentThe style of writing you will be expected to use for academic work is likely to be different to other styles you use every day. It is part of your academic training to learn how to write in this more formal style - it demonstrates discipline and thoughtfulness, and is important to communicate your ideas clearly. These pages offer advice on developing your academic writing.  

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Our last Writing Cafe of the term will focus on:

Editing and proof-reading

Wed 3 December

Carrington 201, 2.00-3.30

Editing and proof-reading are often seen as a luxury, but they can make a real difference to your marks! This session will focus on good techniques for these. Bring any writing you are currently working on to put it into practice. 

All welcome - no need to book!


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