Express your meaning

Express what you really mean

Clear writing means that the reader (e.g. your marker or reviewer) is able to get a meaningful message or main point that matches the intended meaning of the author (you). When you write clearly, your writing conveys your main point with as little ambiguity as possible.

An effective strategy to express your main point is quite simple:

  • First, ask yourself what you really mean to say or write, and then say it out loud or write it for yourself, without worrying about sounding academic.
  • Then see if you can find that point expressed in your draft. If not, write it down. Make sure it is explicit and expresses what you really mean.
  • Re-draft and clarify your writing so that the main point flows with the rest of the text.