January 30, 2014

First entry on Introduction to Academic Writing

Workshop Tutor: Dr Emma Smith


One of the most significant things essentially required during the Master's course is good acadmic writing because of the number of assignments, reports, dissertations, etc that we have to write during the lenght of the course. Thus, the main reason of attending this workshop was to improve on my literary skills and the workshop tutor Dr. Emma Smith full with restless vitality and confidence made sure that the workshop turned out to be attractive and informative at the same time.

Academic Writing as such requires a lot of research work that has to be put up into the report with careful reading and finding the relevant information and making sure you note down the key points and not forgetting to add in the references as you are reading and writing.

Furthermore, being critical and evaluative, i belive is one of the significant factors that contribute towards a successful well written document. Criticality arises from the fact that the writer can think up of something new which is obtained from current resources and thus put in and explain something better in his own words which is already present in some article. Secondly, i believe interpreting the question correctly and understanding the indepth meaning of the things that are being questioned in the question can sometimes help you not to deviate from the topic.

I would also like to add one of the other things that i learnt from this workshop was the importance of a well structured introduction and a conclusion. I was under the impression that conclusion doesnt matter much and the main body is where we should focus on, but after this workshop i am very clear about lucid and clear conclusions and introductions.

The use of proper academic style is also some of the important things covered in this workshop which will help me for my future work.

Well, by concluding the use of reviewing what you have written i believe is something that i am going to start off with as one of the most significant action points learnt from this workshop in order to avoid making common mistakes that we dont come up with while writing an article. I would try and space some time out for this from my very next assigment due next week and i am sure that by using this practise it will benefit me a lot.

Thank You


  1. Reviewing Academic Work

  2. Being Critical and Evaluative

  3. Academic style

  4. Well structured introduction and conclusion

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  1. Dear Fahad,
    Thanks for your first post, and your positive reflections about the workshop. Your action points need to be a bit more specific, though. Action points should state what you are going to do to make a change and they shouldbe SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-limited). ‘Academic Style’ doesn’t tell us how you are going to develop your style, or what you want to have achieved by when. Please could you revise your action points in a ‘SMART’ way and include them in your follow-up post.
    Thanks, and I look forward to reading the next post.

    07 Feb 2014, 12:39

  2. Fahad Shaikh

    Hi Emma,

    I am extremely sorry for not being able to blog in the past couple of months..
    the primary reason being a lot of study load which barely left any time for blogging and secondly, due to a close death in my family i had to go back to my country and spend some time there

    I just wanted to ask you as to whether i can continue blogging for this skills workshop or do i need to attend it again and start the process from the start. I am very close to getting my WSPA AWARD and i dont want to lose it.

    Hope you understand

    Thanks and Regards
    Fahad Shaikh

    05 May 2014, 12:31

  3. Hi Fahad,
    You are welcome to recommence blogging about this workshop. I look forward to your second post soon.
    See the WSPA website for more information about how the scheme works: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/scs/skills/awards/wspa/faqs/#final
    Best wishes,

    06 May 2014, 13:56

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