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Types of Academic Writing

Learn more about the different types of academic writing students often create during their programs at RRU.

Writing and thinking checklist

Pre-writing

  • Did you carefully read the question/assignment, taking note of keywords and specific requirements?

Writing

  • In the introductory section, did you clearly state what you plan to do in the paper/assignment (e.g., the thesis statement)?
  • Did you define your terms when necessary?
  • Did you include only relevant material in your discussion?
  • Are you accurate and factually correct in all your statements?
  • Did you present the information in a logical and effective order?
  • Is your message simple and clear?
  • Would an illustration, figure, or table be appropriate and add to the completeness and clarity of your work?
  • Do the paragraph divisions give coherence to the argument or line of thinking?
  • Is your work complete? Does your research evidence support your conclusions?
  • Would an educated yet uninformed person understand everything you wrote?
  • Did you take in to account any opposing arguments or evidence?
  • Are your references complete and accurate?
  • Is your tone and expression consistent throughout the work?
  • Do you have an appropriate title?
  • Do you have a consistent style for headings and sub-headings?

Review

  • Did you proofread your work (spell-check and grammar-check)?

Final check:

  • Have you met the objectives of the assignment?
  • Do you have your name and course number on the assignment?

© Royal Roads University, 2008. Originally created by Dr. Audrey Dallimore, and was adapted with permission from the author.