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Five Myths About Academic Writing

Many students believe one or more of the following misconceptions:

  1. Most professors don't really care about writing (and they shouldn't!)

  2. Every professor has different expectations; they're all crazy!

  3. Academic writing is supposed to consist of big, boring words.

  4. The best way to write is to wait, think, and worry until the last minute, then submit the the first draft as a final draft.

  5. I can't tell how good my paper is until I see the grade.

Click on each of the above myths to understand the reasons for these frequent students misconceptions and effective responses by professors across the curriculum. These suggestions are based on the classroom practices of some of UofH's best professors, and they require only minimal class time and correcting time.