Writing in Grad School: How is it Different?

This page is still under construction, but in the meantime, we can give you the short answer to this question:  It's harder!!

Graduate study in any discipline requires intense research, a lot of writing, and a much higher level of professional and ethical conduct.  You will also be left largely to your own devices, with less supervision and fewer guidelines for learning subject matter. 

The expectations for your written and oral communication will be higher than ever, and you will be expected to use the language of your discipline effectively.

Talk with your graduate advisor about what to expect from your program.  Also, a good rule of thumb is that when in doubt about a given assignment or request, you should always go the extra mile. 

If you have questions about general academic behaviors, or just feel uncomfortable reentering the student lifestyle, call the WaLC at 828-227-7197.  You can arrange an appointment with an Academic Skills Consultant who can talk to you about general study skills, or you can speak to one of our graduate writing tutors about how to tackle difficult reading and writing assignments.


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