1. Make sure the task is clear
A lot of students writing for school tend to get lost in what the task is about, leading to both wasted research and unusable first drafts. Before putting any real work on your academic papers, be clear about what you are writing (an essay, term paper, thesis, proposal or any other project).
2. Split it into clear sections
Always separate the body of your writing into logical sections to make it easier to read. No matter how good your work is, presenting it in a hard-to-digest format will water down any impact it makes.
3. Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation
While we can’t do much to bring your writing ability up to speed in a short span of time, there are things you can do to ensure you don’t slip into avoidable mistakes. Running your academic piece through an English grammar software should catch errors easily, along with identifying potentially misleading sentence constructions and incomplete ideas.
4. Use a referencing system
Follow a standard referencing system so that the reader can easily pore through your material and check on any item without any problems.
5. Cite sources
Even with the strongest ideas, academic writings will have a difficult time standing on its own two legs without citing quality sources. You’ll need to supplement your arguments with quotes and references that lend it credibility.
6. Start and end strongly
Whatever you do, always have a powerful heading and conclusion. Nothing sets the stage for your work than a forceful introduction just as nothing ends it as emphatically as a compelling closing statement. They’re the two parts that will make the most impression.