Academic writing is a key area of concern for both students and lecturers. For lecturers, this tends to be a question of academic standards. Students’ concerns focus on how to deliver what is expected, especially within the time allowed, as well as on their confusion about what exactly is required. Students’ stories reveal a lack of prior practice and adequate guidance in the writing styles required for HE; it is not unusual to find students who have never undertaken any substantial piece of writing. Lack of acquaintance with academic traditions and conventions, lack of confidence and lack of motivation all play their part.
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