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Writing Your Paper

Academic writing can be a daunting task. Don't worry; even the most experienced writer had to learn how to write. Start early to give yourself time to research and put your essay together. 

Each subject requires its own types of essays. The best instructions for how to start on a paper are found within your course outline or assignment instructions. Talk to your instructor if you are unsure.

Starting the essay typically begins with questions about your chosen topic. What is it that you want to know? Why is this topic important? The answers to these questions will lead to the development of your thesis statement. 

Always remember to proofread your paper before you hand it in. It is safe to assume that you will need to use a formal tone in almost all of the essays you write at the college or university level. Even personal responses require a degree of formality, although these papers can be less strict.

If you would like some one-on-one help with your writing, you can make an appointment with the Learning Common's Writing Support Specialist, Claire Pienaar, or reach out to her via email at

Click on the links to the left to learn about different aspects of writing your paper!

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