You are pursuing a college degree, a challenge that traditionally includes many situations in which you display your grasp of a subject by writing about it. Academic writing requires that you respond to a topic specified by an instructor OR that you specify and write about a topic of interest to you. The word specify is key. Academic writing always has a clear purpose, usually to explain or to persuade.
Depending on the situation, you may be required to demonstrate knowledge of a subject-specific topic, show relationships among different subjects, create a convincing argument, or write as if you were in a “practical” writing situation.
To perform well, read the assignment very carefully:
The following web sites should be helpful to you as you work toward improving your college-level writing.