Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Importance of Academic Writing
When writing an academic piece there are four components your piece must possess, audience, tone, content, and purpose. They shape writing. These four components are equally important in any piece of writing, but they set a specific setting in academic writing.
Purpose is the first step because you must understand “Why” you are writing the piece. Once you have identified the topic and reason, you may continue on to learning about your academic audience. Learning the importance of your audience is very crucial. You need to learn the demographics, level of education, prior knowledge, and expectations the audience has. The audience is who you must impress with your piece, so back ground information is needed. Researching about your audience will give you the tools you need to communicate effectively to your audience. Writing for an academic audience is extremely complex, but as long as you “know” your audience you will be extremely successful. By knowing your academic audience you also learn what types of tone and content is appropriate. Depending on what level of education your audience is you will choose different tones and content. Your tone and content will always be formal, but your vocabulary and grammatical structures will be more complex at different education levels.
These four components are all important in academic writing.