Secrets of Academic Writing

Secrets of Academic Writing


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Academic writing has emerged as a major challenge for students and other professionals. Students often struggle to complete their project reports or thesis in the absence of effective supervision. Even the working professionals have found it pretty tough to produce journal articles due to limited understanding of the academic writing style.

In light of the above, this course intends to provide a useful theoretical insights and skills necessary to embark on the journey of academic writing.

By the end of this course, learners will

Be able to

  • Understand the overall structure and format of academic writing
  • Get deep insights into crafting a good introduction, literature review, methodology and discussion section
  • Improve their critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Engage in critical discussion on starting their own academic paper


Understanding annexes and bibliographies

Knowing popular referencing styles (APA, Harvard)

Course Feedback and Reflection

What constitutes academic writing?

Key Characteristics of academic writing

Why academic writing?

Growing challenges and coping strategies

Setting context: Dos and Donts

Introducing the issue

Problem Statement

Study Rationale

Sample Introduction and Discussion

Understanding the concept of literature review

Types of review: theoretical, empirical etc

Structuring a literature review

Avoiding some common mistakes

Sample review and discussion

Meaning of Discussion

Principles of drafting quality discussion section

Tips for making discussion section more reader friendly

Writing effective conclusion

Q and A, Sample discussion


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Kushal PokharelIndependent Media Writer and Researcher
October 2020