You will probably be used to writing in your job, and you might be wondering what might be different about the writing you will do in a higher level course. Most academic courses will require you to write essays or reports. This activity is designed to help you to start developing the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes and to think about how you will approach essay and report writing. Although this is a short ‘taster’ to academic writing it contains some activities to help you to understand what is required, and to start thinking about how to plan, structure and write your assignments or reports. It is important to remember that you can only really improve your writing through practice. Like swimming, no-one learns how to write by reading a book, although it may give useful advice on technique.
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