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I was always the student who scored very well on papers. I can write. It’s something I love to do (hence this blog), but I have room to improve. Academic writing is not my forte. I find it boring; however, in the quest for evolving and going to grad school, I need to work on it. So, I found classes to help me learn and got some books.
Linked In Learning has a lot of great classes, and I took “Learning to Write Marketing Copy” because I needed to learn different formats. Plus, it’s online and easily accessible.
I’m taking a class on Academic Writing at Arizona State University, a part of their Ph. D program, for a few hours a week. It’s the first 700-level class I’ve taken, and to be very honest, I am nervous but also excited. Having a structured class with required assignments is something that I will benefit from. My husband, currently in a doctoral program, stated that his last year at Harvard was helpful because it taught him that academic writing was the push I needed. I will not be getting a Ph. D at ASU, but I hope it will help me in the future.
When you work with academics and tell them your goals, the professors give you books. One of my favorite professors gave me a few books and told me to buy one I would mark all over. It also gave me another goal, to write a journal article. See the list below:
I’ll be interested to see how these books and classes help me out with writing. The key is consistency, like most things you want to improve.