As civilization progresses, writing has been one of the important methods to deliver people’s notions and ideas. It has been also subdivided into several different types of writing as following the convenience since it has been used as a way of communication. It is said that each type of writing has proper way respectively to be written. For instance, it is supposed to be different writing style between novel based on fiction and mail based on fact. With regarding to, people in higher education institution should know how to deal with their essay writing as being expected by not only the others, but also themselves.
It may be easy for someone to be regarded that academic writing is torture work as it seems as if a huge mountain blocked the way. The reason why they feel so hard toward essay writing is, as I mentioned before, tertiary level writing has a specific process to be written and it is considered quite complex work. In this essay, I will describe some important factors of academic essay and how to write proper tertiary level essay writing. Here is the definition of academic writing.
Academic writing, like all forms of communication, is an act of identity: it not only conveys disciplinary ‘content’ but also carries a representation of the writer. The notion of identity has only surfaced in writing research relatively recently, but it is increasingly seen as less a phenomenon of private experience than a desire for affiliation and recognition (Norton, 1997, pp. 409–429)
To begin with, academic writing needs plenty time to prepare and organize what the student is going to write at the first process. It may be little different according to what the subject is, but the basic rule of essay writing is not changed. It is to some extent believed that the perfection of writing is proportioned to time and effort taken for essay. The student should be aware of what the subject is and what he needs such as information and resources about the subject to complete the essay. Moreover, it is essential to have critical thinking and understand key terms so that the student will be able to argue with his own idea about the subject. It is one of the important points of academic writing that the student should describe his own academic argument in the essay. There are, by and large, some helpful methods at this stage. It is called ‘Note-taking and Mind mapping’.
It is widely believed that taking note during your study is one of beneficial skills to have your task done. There are some helpful methods to improve note-taking skill. Basically, the students should know why they use the note-taking skills before using it. It will be more efficient way of using it after they recognize why the note-taking skills are one of the useful methods in studying.
“The most important aspects of note taking are accuracy and thoroughness. It will be very frustrating to get home after spending time in the library only to find you have not recorded all of the necessary information such as the page number for a quotation, or the name of the publisher of a book.” (Faust, J 2009, p.22)
To improve the note-taking skills, Firstly, students should have skimming and scanning on the books and extract what the key point and the essential of the texts are in the books. With this skill, the students will be able to make proper and brief note-taking. It will be unorganized unless the skimming and scanning skills are properly practiced. The student will be able to organize what he has been thinking and will be able to write the essay with those skills.
Note taking includes ‘Mind mapping’ which is the skill accelerating thought process. Mind Mapping is a useful technique that improves the way you take notes, and supports and enhances your creative problem solving. Mind mapping will help you to organize ideas and make connections that you might not make in other way. “Mind mapping is also useful for summarizing information, consolidating information...
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