There is often debate about the extent to which writing style and grammar should matter. One argument is that so long as a person’s meaning is clear, how they express themselves is not so important. While this might be true in some instances, the reality for students is that style and grammar matter very much for markers; the requirement of having good expression and grammar is present in nearly all marking criteria. Furthermore, it is rare that poor style and grammar do not inhibit clarity. A musical analogy is useful. If your style is informal or wordy and if your writing has many grammatical errors, this is like a performer who has not practised for a performance. If your writing is incomprehensible, this is like a performer who cannot even play their instrument. Ultimately, you want your writing to have a transparent quality: the marker should grasp your meaning without even noticing they are reading. This is just like enjoying a good performance.
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