Have you heard that most people only use five to ten per cent of their brain capacity?
Whether that is true or not - I do know that many people use only a small number of the features of Microsoft Word.
How do I know? I have met them in my long career in IT and academia.
Educators, students, managers and administrators - intelligent people who do not use Word in the most productive way.
Are you one of them?
Do any, some or all of the following apply to you:
Is Word stressing you out and frustrating you?
Or maybe you just know you can improve your academic writing if you used Word more efficiently.
Yes - it can!
It could be the difference between:
The following feedback is for a Masters thesis (that I edited):
The grade for this thesis was a High Distinction - undoubtedly, this student is set for a long and successful career.
On the other hand ...
I personally know of a student who lost marks because of including an entry in the reference list but not citing it in the body of the paper.
This could have been easily checked using Word.
Microsoft Word has many features important in academic writing.
These include creating, maintaining and formatting:
and many other features that can help your academic writing.
Word can also assist in writing to the required academic standard such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard and Turabian.
This site aims to help you use Microsoft Word to improve your academic writing and to effectively follow the academic writing standard of your institution.
Students, researchers and academics are required to write according to academic writing principles, writing conventions and standards.
APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard and Turabian are well known academic writing styles - but there are several others.
You should be familiar with academic writing principles, conventions and standards are. If you are not - find out!
Often educational institutions will provide advice - either through academic writing courses and/or literature. And there are many texts and online resources that can help.
But you may be not so familiar how MS Word can help with your writing.
Academic writing is important to your success.
Microsoft Word can be a powerful tool that assists you in many ways with your academic writing.
The time and effort put into learning and using these features will:
Note: I use the word "help" a lot. Microsoft Word will help you with your academic writing. You still have to do the planning, research, analysis, thinking and writing.
However, knowing how to make best use of Microsoft Word will greatly "help" with your academic writing.