Tag: academic writing

I started writing a series of short articles on the topic of academic writing (which sometimes also includes research methodology in general, but see my blogs tagged research-methodology for more of that). There are many good books out there that you can explore (I will make a list of these book some day when I have time) but I have rarely seen any student reading anyone of them. My articles here are intended to be short and topic-based, and are based on my own experience when supervising or grading student projects. My goal is to write down my observations and my proposals for improvements in a simple way so that these tips can be of practical value to my students. Please comment and ask questions if you need!

Clearly defining and justifying your research problem.

Defining your research problem is the single most important, and at the same time the hardest part of your research. It is my experience that most students (and their supervisors) spend too little time on defining what they really want…

Reveal your secrets as early and as often as possible.

Remember, you are not writing a crime fiction! This is a very common mistake in technical writing, and is a very annoying one as well, especially for the reader! It is common practice in literary genres such as crime fiction…

The importance of terminology in academic writing.

One of the main problems reading an immature technical text is that it does not make consistent use of a clear terminology (also, wrongly, called vocabulary or glossary). A clear terminology emerges as you do your research, and you need…