Academic Writing Study Skills

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The term ‘study skills’ refers to a range of techniques that a student can utilise in order to make efficient use of his or her time, resources and academic potential. These study skill techniques aim to address areas including motivation, goal-setting, time management, reading and note-taking. They encourage the student to learn, retrieve and retain the appropriate information vital to academic writing. Academic writing is essential to demonstrate the students’ scholarly and professional development within a certain subject. To keep such writing coherent and well-structured, so that it best demonstrates this development, it is best to refer to the mnemonic ‘PROCESS’ – Planning, Referencing, Organisation, Composition, Engineering, Spelling,…show more content…
When applied to academic writing it is relevant to all aspects of the PROCESS mnemonic. Academic writing is a process that is the concern of the individual, it may or may not involve the help of others, and while a student may refer to others it is essential that the writing demonstrates their own maturity and independence. The individual must identify their learning needs from the assignment and from these needs develop their goals. Once the written piece has been planned the individual must find the necessary resources that will help to complete the composition- this is done through reading, research and note-taking. Proper use of information technology and identification of key words will allow for efficient use of time and resources. Once the piece is written the individual must determine how to measure and to assess their own work. They must possess the maturity to critically review it and to be prepared to rewrite it as necessary. It is often advantageous to refer back through the piece and confirm that all stages of the PROCESS mnemonic have been adhered to. This self-assessment is essential to the distance learner who may not have immediate access to a tutor when completing their…show more content…
Proper referencing demonstrates a maturity in the student by providing evidence that they have performed the required level of work appropriate to their reward and demonstrates their improved knowledge and understanding of the topic. It shows that the question at hand is properly understood and had been interpreted by appropriate research, by acknowledging other people’s work it shows what information has been gathered and by what means. Not only does good referencing avoid plagiarism but it shows that the individual has managed literature appropriately and identified key words to their
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