How to Sound as a Pro in the College Paper

sound-proHave you ever wonder what it would be like to be a professional researcher or writer?

Well, there’s no need to wait. Why not start writing like a professional right now?

Even if you’re still a student, you can impress your audience with a confident and professional tone in your college writing.

How can you do it? It’s easier than you think.

Here are a few tips to help you write like a pro.

Avoid Spelling Errors

You have spell-checking tools in your word processing program for a reason! There’s no excuse not to use them. Some spelling mistakes may be obvious, but others will require some detective work. Is it “then” or “than?” Does “i” really always come before “e?” Even the tiniest spelling mistakes can mark you as an amateur and cause you to lose credibility. Avoid them at any cost.

Write Several Drafts

Don’t ever make the mistake of passing off your first draft as the final draft. In fact, even your second draft shouldn’t be your final. Take your time to read each draft carefully, possibly several times, and work on improving it. Don’t let the tools in your word processing program make you lazy about this. Be thorough and attentive during the editing process.

Know Your Audience

In the world of professional writers, this means researching the interests of the reading audience. In your world, it means becoming familiar with the requirements and expectations of the professor and the course. Spend time reading over the guidelines of the assignment, and be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear.

Exude Confidence

Even if you don’t feel very confident when it comes to your writing, try to “fake it until you make it.” Avoid using phrases such as “I believe” or “I think” and write with the confidence of an expert who knows exactly what they are talking about. If you do this, your audience will trust you.

Only Use Words You Know

Don’t throw in a bunch of fancy words just because they sound good! Use words correctly so that there is no doubt about your professionalism and expertise. This will go a long way in building credibility with your audience.

Keep Words and Ideas Simple and Concise

Don’t bog down your sentences or paragraphs in vague and complicated ideas. Keep your message clear and straightforward. Be very specific and precise; focus on one idea at a time.

Avoid the Passive Voice and the “Ing” Construction

Say “Jane Austen wrote the book” instead of “the book was written” and “researchers found that classical music is calming” instead of “it was found that classical music is more calming” Eliminating passive voice makes sentences stronger and also makes it clear that you are knowledgeable about the topic. For the same reason, avoid “-ing” unless it’s strictly necessary. (For example, say “He wrote” instead of “he was writing.”)

Follow these simple guidelines, the tone of your writing will shine out from among your peers as the voice of a true professional.