Im­por­tance of aca­demic writ­ing

The Star Malaysia - - Views - AZIZI AH­MAD Kuala Lumpur

ACA­DEMIC writ­ing has al­ways had a cen­tral role in the aca­demics arena glob­ally. Schools and ed­u­ca­tors will share knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence and train stu­dents to write aca­dem­i­cally, as the writ­ing skills will ben­e­fit them later.

Aca­demic writ­ing serves as a tool of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that con­veys ac­quired knowl­edge in a spe­cific field of study. Writ­ing aca­dem­i­cally will help stu­dents an­a­lyse, con­vey un­der­stand­ing, think crit­i­cally and fo­cus on tech­nique and style.

When we write, we will surely look at pre­vi­ous writ­ers’ ideas or work, and form our own un­der­stand­ing; we just can­not sum­marise what they have done, but we do need to think why it was done and look for ways we can use it in the fu­ture. We learn to an­a­lyse from our read­ing and come out with what is im­por­tant.

In higher in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing, it can be dif­fi­cult for stu­dents to ex­plain what they know, es­pe­cially on com­plex sub­jects, if they are poor in aca­demic writ­ing. Writ­ing and es­says will al­low stu­dents to ex­plain what they un­der­stand and know by us­ing the cor­rect phrases and styles and make the in­for­ma­tion un­der­stood by oth­ers.

We should not write a one-sided pa­per that leaves no room for ar­gu­ment. Aca­demic writ­ing needs stu­dents to look at ideas and re­search from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Stu­dents have to learn to an­a­lyse the­o­ries from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent view­points and then write based on what they un­der­stand. To think crit­i­cally and ob­jec­tively is a use­ful skill for peo­ple to learn early on in life, as the abil­ity to look at things ob­jec­tively is some­thing that will ben­e­fit them in real life.

Aca­demic writ­ing has a strong fo­cus on tech­nique and how it should be used to best con­vey ideas. If stu­dents learn about style and how to write es­says early on in their aca­demic ca­reers, they will find it much eas­ier to write pa­pers through­out univer­sity.

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