Academic Writing Can Be More Complex And Formal ...
In academic writing, when you write as a College student, it can be quite different from when you were at High School. Most of the fundamentals are in place and these will hold you in good stead, but academic essay writing is more complex, more formal and more objective that topics you would have selected at High School. You will also develop more in-depth skills of being able to read and argue concepts.
So, what is academic writing?
In simple terms, it's writing by scholars for other scholars, and in so far as you may not necessarily see yourself as a 'scholar' perse, you are deemed to be in the College environment, so you writing needs to be able to reflect this.
Therefore, you are required to adhere to some of the academic writing 'rules' or protocols based around what you can write, topics you can choose to write on and ways in which you validate your stance on your topic.
What topics can I write on?
You need to focus on topics on those that will be of interest to the academic community. This is a very important point because when searching for your topic, keep in mind that your topic and how you [later] present it, could play an integral part into what your final marks will be.
What is the intention of academic writing?
- You need to start by knowing what your stance is on your topic you are writing about -- referred to as 'hedging'; to then identify the strengths and weaknesses of that stance. Start by finding out what you know and how you feel about a certain topic to develop your stance.
- You then need to be able to provide adequate reputable evidence and/or justification of the claims you make. Remember, you are presenting your reader with an objective and informed argument on your topic.
Once you have a) decided on your topic (and confirmed that it meets the above requirements) and b) chosen your stance on that topic, then it is time to write it.