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WriteCheck Wrap Up: 6 Posts from 2016 to Improve Your Writing

Over the past year at the WriteCheck blog, we’ve talked a great deal about plagiarism, how to avoid it and how to improve your writing.

Whether you’re a student just beginning your academic career or actively working as a researcher, there’s always room to improve and brush up on these subjects.

As the year winds down, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most important, helpful and insightful posts of the year.

So whether you’re looking for a refresher or just a quick recap, these are the posts that can do the most to help you improve your writing and avoid academic integrity issues:

  1. Do Students Understand Plagiarism: One of the biggest obstacles preventing students from approaching their instructors about plagiarism is fear of looking foolish. However, a recent study from the University of Otago found that misunderstandings about plagiarism were extremely common and  that more conversation on the subject was needed.

  2. Advice for New Students on Plagiarism: Speaking of helping students understand plagiarism, we provided a simple 5-point guide for students to help them understand the subject and how to avoid being accused of plagiarism. The guide covers everything from reading your school’s definitions to using technology to spot mistakes in your work.

  3. 8 Webcasts to Help Students Write Better: In April, Turnitin hosted Witing X Tech, a series of free 45-minute webcasts on writing. It includes great talks from industry experts on avoiding plagiarism, how to use storytelling, writing on mobile devices and more. Thought the live webcasts are past, you can view the recorded webcasts at the link in the article.

  4. 7 Writing Tips for Students at All Levels: For many, writing is a struggle. However, sometimes the struggle is caused not because the writing is difficult, but because students forget some of the basics for drafting a great paper. These seven writing tips aim to help you slow down, focus on the assignment, and write  

  5. Essay Writing: 7 Rules to Avoid Repetition:  One of the biggest challenges many students have writing is repetition. Whether it’s repeating sentence/paragraph intros, key phrases or even single words, repetition can hurt an otherwise strong paper and a thesaurus alone won’t fix it. These seven tips can help you avoid repetition in your work and make every part sound fresh to the reader.

  6. How to Paraphrase: Paraphrasing might seem like a simple skill but it is one that’s elusive to many students and, unfortunately, it often isn’t taught in writing class. This guide breaks down how to paraphrase including how to avoid accidentally incorporating unoriginal language into your writing and fully expressing the ideas in your words.

All in all, 2016 was a banner year for learning how to improve your writing here at WriteCheck. We look forward to bringing you even more tips, tricks and advice in 2017.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, and do not reflect the opinions of WriteCheck

Published on by jbailey.