Unit 4: Finishing Touches
Your writing style refers to the way you write a sentence and how you assemble your arguments within a sequence of sentences so they make sense to your audience. A "sound" writing style is not a luxury; it is necessary to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively. For example, you may write with perfect grammar, but if your style needs work, your audience may not understand what you are trying to convey.
While opinions on the best type of writing style is inherently subjective and may even be based on cultural standards or preferences, in this unit we provide you with some guidelines that are most academics generally agree upon. Our first goal is to learn how to write as clearly, persuasively, and elegantly as possible. Our second goal is to apply these skills and learn how to revise and edit our work. Revision and editing are important stages of the writing process. It allows you to fine-tune your ideas so your reader can easily follow your argument.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.
4.1: Academic Writing Style
4.1.1: Sentence Patterns
4.1.2: Wordiness and Concision
4.1.3: Parallel Structure
4.1.4: Active vs. Passive Voice
4.1.5: Word Use
4.2: Reviewing, Revising, and Editing Drafts
Unit 4 Activities
Unit 4 Essay
Unit 4 Assessment