What are the tips for academic writing

Scientific writing for students(Author: Dr. Volker Hummel, Germanist and literary scholar)

Scientific writing is difficult for many

Many believe that writing is a gift. It is also simply a craft that can be learned in a very profane way. It is common at elite universities in the USA to take creative writing courses in order to train the "writing muscle". On the other hand, German faculties demand that students not only be able to write from scratch, but also to be able to write scientifically. So please don't be frustrated, scientific writing can be learned with a little guidance, even without a course.

Instructions for academic writing

This website offers around 50 texts on academic writing that are specifically aimed at students. The structure of the contributions to academic writing follows the writing process. It begins with the search for a good starting point for a seminar or bachelor thesis or with the research topic in general. The structure can be derived from the research question. In the actual scientific writing, the citation guidelines must then be observed. At the end of the work there is the conclusion.

Don't fret when you write academic papers

Scientific writing means following a code, a fund of solid scientific methods. In contrast to writing a novel, for example, academic writing is subject to much more rules that make many students obsolete. The neurologist Alice W. Flaherty claims that the rigid composition of a thesis - including a bachelor's thesis - can cause writer's block. The flow of writing is channeled and blocked by strict methodology, excessive subdivisions, evidence and citation rules, and it is not uncommon for the flow of writing to dry up in the service of science for some time. If you are currently writing a seminar paper or bachelor thesis and are struggling with it, then read the tips from Dr. Hazelmann.

Professors - bad role models for your own discs

If you admire your professors for their great technical overview, you will certainly listen up enviously when they present their research or present it in articles. Often you make yourself stylistically dependent on literal quotations right down to the structure of the sentence. How are you supposed to find your own language and provide evidence, so beset by expert opinions, facts and blooms, without getting lost as a tentative voice in your own text? What many students do not consider: As students at the beginning of their careers, their professors formulated them just as well or poorly as it appears to you now with your own texts. And academic textbooks by professors have been improved with every edition. The texts were revised by editing before each new edition. So don't let yourself be fooled. Write and you will find your own style as you write and you will get better as you write.

Also proofread the work for linguistic accuracy - or let a scientific editor do it! There is no diploma thesis without a typo, but: the less, the better.