How to Fix Your Academic Writing Trouble: A Practical Guide

How to Fix Your Academic Writing Trouble: A Practical Guide

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Are you confused by the feedback you get from your academic teachers and mentors?

This clear and accessible guide to decoding academic feedback will help you interpret what your lecturer or research supervisor is really trying to tell you about your writing - and show you how to fix it. We will help you master a range of techniques and strategies to take your writing to the next level and along the way you'll learn why academic text looks the way it does, and how to produce that `authoritative scholarly voice' that everyone talks about.

This book is an easy to use resource for postgraduate students and researchers in all disciplines, and even professional academics, to diagnose their writing issues and find ways to fix them. This book would also be a valuable text for academic writing courses and writing groups, such as those offered in doctoral and masters by research degree programmes.



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"W"ppppWhether they have writing problems or not, every
academic writer will want this handy compendium of
effective strategies and sound explanations on their book
shelf - it's a must have."
Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, The University of
Nottingham, UK and patter blog, patthomson.nethether they have writing problems or not, every

academic writer will want this handy compendium of

effective strategies and sound explanations on their book

shelf - it's a must have."

Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, The University of

Nottingham, UK and patter blog, patthomson.net

mic writer will want this handy compendium of

effective strategies and sound explanations on their book

shelf - it's a must have."

Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, The University of

Nottingham, UK and patter blog, patthomson.net
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 266g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0335243320
  • 9780335243327
  • 3,022

Table of contents

Table of Contents



Table of Tables



Table of Figures



Acknowledgements



1 Introduction: You may have Academic WritingTroubles, but you can fix them!

1.1 Why you should buy this book

From mimicry to mastery

Crafting this book

How to use this book

1.2 Time management for academic writing: Pomodoro techniques,Bootcamps, Shut Up and Write, and Edit-a-thons

The Pomodoro Technique

Shut Up and Write

Thesis Boot Camp and writing retreats

Time to edit, read more, rewrite

Where next?



2. `Your writing doesn't sound very academic':how to convince your reader you belong 22

2.1 How to unlearn high school English

The traditional essay style vs. journalpublication style

Signposting the argument

Language style

Exercises to improve academic writing

2.2 `This sounds chatty or not scholarly': getting academic toneright.

2.3 `Who are you standing with?': Being argumentative inyour writing

Citations

Theory

Method

Jargon

2.4 Getting beyond `descriptive' writing by entering the theorywars

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) &Creative disciplines

Science, technology, engineering and maths(STEM)

Theory and positioning yourself through text

2.5 Using verbs to signal you belong: plus a verb cheat sheet

How to make a Verb Cheat sheet

Inger's Verb Cheat Sheet Example (socialsciences)

2.6 How to use references to show who your academic network is(and isn't)

2.7 Using references as magic tokens to power up your writing

2.8 `Do you really need all this detail?': how and when to usefootnotes and appendixes

When to use footnotes

When to use an appendix instead of a footnote



3 'Where's your evidence for this?': using whatyou know to make a case

3.1 How to understand how different disciplines use evidence (andtake advantage of it)

3.2 How to move from having a research question to having ananswer in your writing

3.3 The almost invisible structure of paragraphs

3.4 What is a warrant? And how to use warrants to persuade yourreader

3.5 Signposting words: using conjunctive adverbs like `however'correctly

Exercise to improve signposting words

3.6 Using figures to help and not hinder

Producing high-quality figures

Plots, graphs and charts



4 `Your writing doesn't flow': making your textcoherent and fluent

4.1 How to make sure your reader will understand what you aretrying to say

The Commander Data Technique and the 48-HourRule

Exercise to make sentences less ambiguous

4.2 How to write a clear sentence

4.3 Use signposting to guide academic readers

Signposting in the introduction


Signposting through topic sentences

Signposting when you are changing direction

4.4 Keep your sentences moving forward with Themes and Rhemes

4.5 Untangling your tenses
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