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Developing your own academic writing style is an ongoing and imprecise process. This resource aimed to offer an overview of some of the main issues, and your supervisors will help you to refine your writing style throughout the course of your studies. If you have any further questions about academic style, you should approach your Supervisor or Director of Studies for guidance. 

Other sources of guidance:

  • The Advisers at the Disability Resource Centre can offer guidance on academic writing to students who have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, which might impact on developing a good academic writing style. If you are concerned that you might have a Specific Learning Difficulty which is affecting your academic performance, the DRC also offers assessments for dyslexia.
  • If you are an international student or non-native speaker, and would like to work further on your written academic English, the Language Centre offers classes and other resources, including the In-sessional English Language Support Programme.
  • Some colleges (e.g. Newnham) host a Royal Literary Fund Fellow - a professional author who can offer guidance on writing and style. Other colleges have a Skills Officer you could consult.