Writing Tip #8: Transitioning through a paper
If your professor’s comments on the papers you submit include “flow,” “choppy,” “transitions,” and offensive words like those, it’s time to break out a list of transitions and use them. Transitioning in writing entails moving smoothly from one idea into another. When writing for an audience, especially a professor, using transitions makes you look clever and quite academic!
I had more than one professor who looked for transitions at the beginning, and sometimes at the end, of each paragraph. Depending on the subject of your paper and the differences or relationship between paragraph ideas, transitions can include:
In conclusion (notice the transition!), the more you use transitions in your writing, the more natural the practice will become.