What do you understand by academic writing? First of all let us understand in what context we mean the word “writing”. Writing just does not mean picking up a pen or pencil and start to pen down whatever comes in our mind. Writing is a form of art which is required in different variations during the different times in our life.


How does writing differ from academic writing?

Writing, or should we say personal writing differs from academic writing in many ways:

  • Academic writing has its own sets of rules and practices which need not be followed in the case of personal writing. However has to be followed in college writing service WritingDone and delivered professionally for student communities to refer for Academic solutions.

  • These rules and practices are generally so made as to put forth an organized and well-planned skeleton of the ideas that are to be presented via the writing.

  • Academic writing deals with the basic cause and effect of a theory which are governed by the activities practiced in everyday life.

  • While personal writing is a free-hand form of writing, academic writing has to follow a certain tone and has to stick to the grammar, spelling and punctuations that go with it.

Let us look into the factors that comprise of academic writing:

  1. Format:
    A typical format is essential for academic writing. It can be in the form of introduction, the main body and conclusion. The simplest form of academic writing could be in an essay format. However this could change according to the change in the topic or the assignment of the academic writing.

  2. References:
    No academic writing is complete without references. As we discussed earlier that academic writing is mainly based on theories which are governed by the different day to day activities. Hence references linking us to those activities are vital for a good academic writing.

  3. Practical as well as abstract thoughts:
    While writing academic content for CV’s and minutes of the meeting, many times we have to make the use of abstract thoughts and phrases which are usually not practical. But the use of abstract ideas and thoughts need to be put in practical sense in a way that explains the meaning of the thought and effectively reaches the reader.

  4. Tone of the content:
    Setting a tone of the content according to the topic is the most important aspect of academic writing. If your academic content is about technology, the tone of your content cannot be psychological and vice versa.

  5. The audience:
    Reaching the audience through your academic content is very essential for every academic writer and so it is always good to remember who are you writing for. Consciously adapting a topic and audience friendly academic tone depicts the maturity of the writer.

After reading the above I am sure all would agree that life of an academic writer is not easy. How cool it would be if the advancing technology would be of any help in making the life and writing of academic writers a bit easier and simpler. Following is a list of some of the software tools which could exactly do that:

Evernote: Evernote is a free app also available in an upgraded but paid version. This tool allows you to jot down notes that can be in the form of a text, picture or even audio. You can make your entries in a single device and synchronize it to any number of different devices. So once the note is made it can be accessible anywhere. This tool is immensely popular in college writing service.

Freemind: Some benefits of Freemind tool are listed below:

  • Helps keep a track of the ongoing projects as well as the related subtasks and their progress.
  • Helps in brainstorming ideas and essay writing. Also keeps track of essays as to bifurcating the complete, incomplete and open essays with different colours.
  • Fast single-click navigation and also single clicks for folding and unfolding.

RSS Readers: This tool synchronizes news and important related feeds and puts forth assembled information regarding the topic for your academic writing. This tool is also termed as news aggregator or news reader. This tool is extremely helpful syncing the information from many websites in one page.

Dragon Naturally Speaking: This is speech recognition software. It is extremely helpful when brainstorming certain ideas and you want to record it for future references. The high recognition accuracy of the software keeps increasing with use as the tool starts recognizing and adapting to your voice. This tool can be used anywhere and everywhere irrespective of the interface you are using.

Zotero: Zotero is free software which acts as your personal research assistant. This tool senses content in the web browser which is related to the current academic topic and saves it in your personal folders in a single click. You can save images, audio videos, PDFs, screenshots of web pages etc. It also keeps a track of the content saved by automatically indexing them for future reference.

Open office: Open office is free software giving serious competition to Microsoft Office. It is available in different languages and is supported by nearly all interfaces. The data entered in this software is stored in international open standard format and is also useful for reading and writing files from other commonly used office software. If you know how to use office based softwares, using this tool will be a child’s play.

Research writer by Active Scholar: This is research writing software specially created for academic writers. This a very useful app for apprehending, preserving and coordinating research material for journals and theses, course papers, dissertations, essays etc. This tool helps to fast forward your writing by 25%- 50% and is helpful in banishing writers block and helps them deal with their anxiety.

I am really hopeful that the above list of software and advanced tools are helpful to bring out the creative side of your academic writers personality as well as aiding your research for the topics for your next assignment.