Academic style

Academic English is a distinct language, and one you’re expected to write in at university. Understand how to identify, create and improve your academic style.

English in written academic tasks has a distinctive style; it is objective, formal and precise.

As a university student, you are expected to express your findings and arguments in this ‘academic style’.

Academic style is more than just a writing convention – it can also help you to think more logically and clearly as you work on an assignment and build your argument.

What will I learn?

This module will help you:

  • Recognise differences between casual language and academic style.
  • Identify appropriate word choices for clear, precise academic writing.
  • Avoid aspects of writing that undermine the objectivity and clarity of your work.
  • Observe grammatical features of writing that enhance academic style.

How long will it take?

This module should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

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To fully engage with this module (for example, completing practice quizzes or posting in forums), you’ll need to enrol in the Academic Skills Hub.

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