In colleges today, we are taught the current methods of writing quality pieces. In order for you to succeed, there are some vital rules that you need to bear in mind. Writing is of course divided into different stages, and in this article, we will look at the rules of college writing.

Rule 1: Thesis Defines Everything

A thesis can be described as a position or a stand taken by an individual after careful research and study. Usually, it’s formed as a part of academics or as a scholarly exercise. During your English classes, it is vital for you to pay close attention when it comes to the lesson on recognition and creation of a thesis. It’s all about controlling the idea of what your essay is about, without taking too specific or too general stand. So, when beginning an essay, the thesis must already be set in your mind because it’s impossible to be a good writer if you begin to write with the hope that it will crop up later on.

Rule 2: Write with Intention

When taking up writing at the college level, it’s prudent to have a plan. The best way to do this is to have a list outlining the things that you must have covered by the end. In addition to this, it’s important that you also consider brainstorming before and during writing. In college classes, you will be taught many methods that will help you to bring to mind loads of ideas and generate much better concepts. All these will assist you to move from haphazardly writing whatever comes to mind to having organized writing that moves you closer to being a professional.

Rule 3: Do Away with Informal Language and Use Formal Language Only

When speaking, it’s only normal to talk in whichever way you feel like in order to fit right into the social setting that you’re in. However, for you to have success in college, and even professional environment, you need to use formal language only. This is because such places have already established some rules governing the communication. In order to thrive, you will need to be in tandem with these rules and be careful not to break them. Some of the vital ones include avoiding the use of abbreviations and colloquialisms when writing.

Rule 4: Be Specific

In writing, it is a common occurrence that when you lack facts at hand, you end up expressing your ideas using general terms. You wouldn’t want to have such an effect on your examiners and it is therefore advised that you should start getting rid of all the general phrases in your vocabulary as soon as possible. It’s obviously not easy to do when you are starting off but it will eventually get easier and pay off in the end. The words I am referring to are the likes of ‘they’ and ‘society’ among others.

Rule 5: Cite Your References

A core value in the world of professionals today is the essence of accountability. In writing, this is no exception. One of the most fundamental methods of having yourself established as a good and professional writer is being accountable. To progress further, the most vital thing which shows that a writer is accountable is declaring their sources of information. If the information you’re using has not been documented, it just shows that you are not credible and people will hardly take you seriously. One of the formats of citation used by most is the MLA (Modern Language Association) Format.

Rule 6: Be Concise

For this rule to come across more clearly, I would like to start off by explaining it further with this phrase. You should learn to say less concerning more things, rather than saying much about less. This is meant to illustrate the importance of filling your assignments with vital information and well-researched work. When you instill this principle in your writing, it will save you from a couple of things. For starters, it will prevent you from getting papers that have sentences and even paragraphs canceled or labeled as ‘unnecessary’. If you are used to covering a lot of ground with unnecessary words, you should work on being concise.

Rule 7: Do not Use Words Like ‘I’, ‘We’ or ‘You’

In order for your writing in college to be superb, you should do away with building your essays from personal experiences or opinions. In the place of these, you should use facts, authoritative sources, and research to forge reputable essays. To emphasize further on this point, you need to abandon sentences that are based on the use of ‘I’. Most people make the mistake of assuming that by using such sentences, their personal opinions are voiced more heavily. On the contrary, with your name already on the paper, you will sound more convincing and formal by just stating your opinion in the absence of the aforementioned words.


In the points above, we have looked into some of the areas that most students make mistakes in when writing. We hope that you can change your writing for the better using them and emerge as a solid writer you’ve always desired to be.

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Comment by An Wan on August 14, 2018 at 1:12pm

This is extremely great info! Thanks a lot!

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