1 - Work on your writing

  • Leave time to revise and redraft.

2 - The basics

  • Paragraphs should have one clear topic and stick with it.
  • Consider the visual effect of your writing – are the paragraphs clear?
  • Avoid overlong sentences.

3 - Integrate your research – make sure it

  • Supports your point.
  • Flows in your writing.
  • Uses paraphrase as well as quotation.
  • Is referenced correctly.

4 - Expand your vocabulary

  • Make a note of new or specialist vocabulary when you are reading.
  • Consider the audience for your writing and adjust the vocabulary.

5 - For more advice on writing styles and language see

6 - If English is not your first language


7 - If you are, or think you might be, dyslexic visit

The Compass in person or Online.

Language - Punctuation