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Be coherent


In good academic writing, the ideas are unified, contributing to a clear overall picture. This is true of both the whole text and each paragraph.

overall picture of the whole text and each paragraph

Coherent text

  • A clear and logical structure
  • A clear argument or purpose
  • Adequate development of the argument

Coherent paragraphs

  • A clear topic sentence
  • Adequate development of the topic sentence
Remember, include relevant information only.

Further resources

For more on structuring assessment tasks and paragraphs, see the following: