Friday, June 19, 2015

Helping Grad Students Write Better

Inside Higher Ed
June 19th, 2015

Academic writing is a skill many graduate students will need at some point in their careers, especially if they end up at a research-focused university. It is often assumed that graduate students already know how to write well. After all, they made it to graduate school, right?
It’s also assumed that graduate students will learn essential writing skills from their professors, however, this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, many professors struggle with writing themselves. Additionally, few professors are prolific writers with the ability to effectively teach writing to students.
Academic writing can be difficult. Academic writing can be mundane (hey, we’re not writing creative poetry or jokes for The Tonight Show -- we’re writing articles for journals and grants that may never get funded).

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