Writing assignments, essays, research papers, or other academic write-ups is challenging. It is the phase that every student has to go through in their university or college life.
Also, we think that the process of writing content about something lets you unleash this content from your mind and really see if you have understood it or not.
Academic writing is the formal type of writing that is used in educational institutes and scholarly publications. It is typically featured in journal articles, essays, or any academic topic.
Some students don’t know how to they can improve their academic content, which can help them to get good marks. Remember that every professor or teacher wants something unique from their students, but when they notice major mistakes in academic papers, they can fail them in assignments or research papers.
So, if you want to write engaging academic content, which makes a good impact on the reader, then this topic will be helpful for you.
Here, we’ll talk about five useful tips that can help students to improve their academic content.
The tips that you can follow to write academic content are as follows.
- Do Proper Research on Your Academic Topic
Research plays an important role when it comes to writing content, whether for a website or for academic purposes. It allows you to gain expertise on a topic of your choice, and the writing process helps you remember what you’ve learned and understood it on a deeper level.
Research also helps to improve writing because when you do research, you read others’ content and notice how they use the words in an appropriate place, which develops your writing skills.
Furthermore, research also helps you in gathering every crucial piece of information. The more you do research, the more you will be able to make your content readable by adding useful information.
In the fields of Artificial Intelligence or Machine learning, there is a vast ocean of papers and material. Papers are usually high-quality content, but very research oriented, so they are not so easy to read and understand.
Other kinds of contents, like blogs (see Medium for example) are much more easy to understand, however there it is not so easy to discern the quality content from the bad one.
What we recommend is a mix of the two: even if going for papers is challenging, it will allow you to test your knowledge, and it will also point you to even more academic resources, as all this content is full of citations.
Then, if you have managed to understand papers and to retrieve some knowledge from there, you will have the ability to discern good from bad content in other more easy going sites like Medium, Quora, or personal blogs.
To improve your writing, you have to do appropriate research on your academic topic to understand the writing style of professionals.
There are a lot of ways in which you can do proper research for an academic paper. You can use platforms such as:
There is a lot that you can find on these types of platforms. Here, as an example, we’ll run a query on Google Scholar about Artificial Intelligence and show you how many useful results show up:
Here is the same query on JSTOR:
One useful thing about using these types of platforms is that you don’t have to worry about the credibility of the papers and articles published there. The credibility of the platform itself makes the published content fine to use.
- Remember to Deal with Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a serious issue that negatively impacts a student’s career. It occurs when you copy someone else words or thoughts and use them as your own without giving credit to them.
Sometimes, in research, when students are collecting information from online sources, they use some of the collected text in their write-ups without any reference. It can cause many issues; for example, if the institutes detect plagiarism in your content and the percentage is more than 15%, they can revoke the degree or even expel the offending student from the institute.
So, now tell us, will plagiarism enhance your writing or make it worse? Of course, it will make your writing bad because everyone hates cheating or stealing.
Now, if you want to write unique content for your academic write-ups, you need to make sure that there is no plagiarism in it. For this, the first step that you have to do is to check the plagiarism in your content. There is only one way that can help you, which is an online plagiarism checker.
A plagiarism checker online is a great option for checking the copied text in the content. There are a bunch of online plagiarism checkers available that use highly advanced AI technology.
This advanced technology helps them to scan the text over billions of sites and books. If there is any sentence is found plagiarized, then they will highlight it with the link from where it is taken.
Here, you can see one of them in action below:
Results by Check-Plagiarism
This is how you can check the plagiarism in your content. And if your text has plagiarism in it, then make sure to eliminate it.
- Make Your Content Easy to Read
Readability is the ease with which a reader can understand the written text. It directly affects the quality of the content. If your content is difficult to read, then the quality will be lower.
Hard to Read = Low Content Quality
Content gets difficult to read when we use complicated words, lengthy sentences, and also use walls of text (paragraphs). Didn’t get what we’re trying to say?
Don’t worry. We’ll explain this with a perfect example.
As you can see in the above image, the first paragraph is very difficult to read and can confuse the readers. But the latter one is very easy to read, and everyone can understand it well.
Similarly, you need to ensure that your every sentence doesn’t exceed 20 words because if it will, then it will be hard to read.
This is how you’ll be able to make your writing better.
Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, had the theory that only when you can explain your knowledge about a concept to a layman so that he/she can more or less understand it, you will have completely understood that subject.
Explaining yourself in clear, concise ways is a key point to improve your academic writing.
- Make Your Text Concise
Every writer or student while writing uses some unnecessary words, which affects the content quality and also negatively impacts the reader’s mind. For this, you need to make your text concise, which explains the main idea properly.
It is difficult to shorten the text to an actual length. But here we will show you a proper way that you can also follow.
To make your text short, you need to summarize it. You can summarize your text manually or with an online tool.
Manually, you have to do some steps, which are:
- Carefully read the text and understand its main point
- Write the main point on a separate document
- Reduce the content length by removing repeated sentences and words
- Use descriptive words to make it short
- Proofread the article at the end
This is how you can summarize the text manually on your own. But if you don’t have much time to do it manually, then you can also summarize the text by using an online tool.
To make your text concise, you can use an online text summarizer. They can help you to summarize the text effectively and accurately.
An online summarizer uses advanced AI-based technology, which helps them to summarize the text. ML technology helps these tools to improve their algorithm on their own, which is quite good for a tool.
Summarized by Summarizer.org
As you can see above, this specific tool gives very effective results without affecting its key point.
This is how you will be able to summarize your text and make your writing better.
- Take Care of Grammatical Errors
Errors like grammar, spelling, or punctuation are common issues that every writer or student faces. Even a professional writer makes grammar mistakes while writing.
If you are also a bit weak in your specific language, like English, then it’s not a big problem. The problem that can cause issues or affects the quality is not correcting the grammatical errors.
We know that it is not easy to find grammar or punctuation errors, but with appropriate guidance, it’s not difficult.
You can correct your grammar mistakes by seeking help from your teacher or other colleagues who have a strong grip on them. And the other way is taking help from an online grammar checker.
There are various grammar checkers developed online that uses AI and ML technology in their algorithm. These tools scan the text and highlight the grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes if there is present.
That is it, as always, thank you very much for reading How to Learn Machine learning, have a great day and keep on learning!