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Importance of academic writing

As I was clicking the e-portal on the Curriculum Topic to share with my students, few of them stopped me and asked me to slow down on the scrolling.

One of them was asking me to pause at the ‘assessment block’, and asking me on why they had different assessment on their program. Some had 50:40:10 (written exam: written assignment: quiz); some had 40:30:20:10 (written exam: writing assignment: presentation: quiz) and etc.


They were voicing out how on tired and exhausted they are in preparing and doing all those paper work called for. All those writing, cracking heads, printing and bindings do takes a lot out of them.

I smiled and them and answered, “As much as you don’t like writing, we educators do not like grading either” that makes us even. But then it’s our job and responsibilities as a student and/or educator to face reading and writing.

Reading and writing will even out to discriminate (it’s an assessment term actually) about the person who knows and the people who don’t.


Looking at the given ratio, academic writing contributes positively to the assessment of learning.

Academic writing has always been the central role in academics globally. Schools and educators will share knowledge and experience and train students to write academically (properly and accordingly), as the writing skills will benefit them in the near after.

One of them again asked me, “So what do you want, academic writing, essay, or stories to write?”

“Well, I guess as we are in an educational institution, we have to write academically or the so-called ‘academic writing’ furthermore you guys are ‘linguistic’ students though you do learn literature and others”.  It is also documented in the Course Learning Outline, I added.

“We have to see that you guys know the importance of academic writing, as it serves as tools of communication in conveying acquired knowledge in a specific field of study. Therefore, it features a serious tone and the need of demonstrating theories and facts that you may argue.”

“We need to ensure the enhancing of learning development for use in assessing the course progress, thus it is a mode of academic papers presentation.”

The class is silent and calm, as I finished my statement. “I will add more if you like to know, shall I?”

On learning, we are tied to the Bloom Taxanomy and Higher Order Thinking skills. Writing academically will engage students to analyze, convey understanding, thinking critically and focused on technique and style.

When we write, we will surely look at previous writer’s ideas or works and forming our understanding; we just cannot summarized what they had done, but we do need to think why it was done and look for on how we can use it in the future. We learn to analyze, from our reading and come out with the importance that holds for the subjects.

In higher institution of learning, especially on complex subjects, it can be difficult for students to explain what they know 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 information understood by others.

We should not write a one-sided paper that leaves no room for argument. Academic writing need students to look at ideas and research from a different perspective, this is call for should students want to get better grades.

Students have to learn to analyze 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 focuses 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.

Many educators, preferred styles or formatting requirements (or as stated in writing requirements), so academic writing forces students to take these into consideration and create a paper that will impress.

It is usually a good idea for students to ask for guidance, collaboration and assistance in writing if they are having issues with their technique, as this is something that can be solved with a little guidance.

Academic writing is unlike some less formal types of writing.

Azizi Ahmad The STAR Opinion Letters 17 September 2018

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