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Writing clearly


Good writing is achieved by balancing a number of attributes. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice a little of one to achieve another.

The goal is clarity - is your meaning clear?

Communicating complex ideas does not require complex writing. Good academic writing is:

a completed jigsaw puzzle demostrates the idea of coherent - there's a clear sense of unity.


There is a clear sense of unity
a chain demostrates the idea of cohesive - the idea flow.


The ideas flow
a target demostrates the idea of concise - it gets straight to the point.


It gets straight to the point
The result is clear writing which the reader can easily understand.

In this tutorial

This tutorial gives you strategies for writing clearly in an academic style. These strategies are intended as guidelines rather than rules.