Academic Writing Skills | Tips, Exercises and Reading Guide

The Writing Centre team supports the development of your academic writing skills.

Academic Writing Skills - Excellent Proofreading and Writing

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or businessperson, academic writing skills are necessary in today’s world. Essays, reports, presentations and research papers are just some examples of documents written in the academic style. Academic writing, when used appropriately, presents a polished and professional image.

Helen Drury from the Learning Centre gives advice on the challenges of and support available for academic writing skills.

How to Improve Academic English Writing Skills

Our academic writing skills workshops help you understand the expectations of Victoria's staff. They will also give you useful writing strategies. They are held in the Student Learning Seminar Room, Level 0, Kirk Building, Kelburn.

Academic writing skills encompass strong composition, excellent grammar, and a consistent stylistic approach.

Planning is an important academic writing skill. It’s used to order your writing, so that your essay is easy to understand. You need to plan the order of the points in your writing so that they’ll make sense to the reader.

Khadine gives the student perspective and offers various tips to first year students on developing academic writing skills.


The Academic Writing Centre provides a free service to all DIT students (undergraduate and postgraduate) who seek support to enhance and develop their academic writing skills. There are 14 Lessons designed to help students improve their academic writing skills by reviewing information and completing quizzes and short writing tasks. These lessons can be completed by students in their own time and pace and students can choose which lessons to attempt.