There are several tips on staying relevant in academic writing.
- Formulate a plan
Prior to writing, create a plan on what should be written. This will be a backbone of your text. Formulate several statements that support your idea and several statements that refute or criticise your idea. After that, unfold each statement in detail. If you have a clear plan what will be written, you can control the volume of the text and see what the conclusion will be.
- Always refer back to the explored question so that you do not deviate from it.
Ask yourself whether each paragraph or part of the text contributes to the topic you are writing on or you are already writing on another topic or including unnecessary details. Also, check whether a paragraph you want to add is necessary for your argumentation or it can be omitted without the loss of consistency.
- Make sure the paper flows
Don’t forget to stitch the paragraphs or parts of your text together with the transition words and phrases to make the text flow better. These transition words include “however”, “in addition to this”, “it can be argued”, “furthermore”, “on the other hand”, etc. These transition words will show the relationships between the parts of your text and make it easier to link the ideas that originally were disjointed.
- Write a strong conclusion which will summarise the results of the text.
You do not have to add anything new in this section but you must refer back to your original aim or objective and provide a summary of how this aim was attained and what results were uncovered. When writing extended arguments, they may be lost in the text and it may be unclear what you want to say. That’s why an effective conclusion is a final glue that will link all parts of your paper and make it more focused.