Lol, that’s my slang for academic writing. It’s rigorous, theory and evidence based and critical in its pursuit of facts. In a newsroom, I prided myself on the different genres of writing I could dabble in – news reports, reviews, op-eds, long form, investigative, features, memoirs et al – and now, I think I can say that I am beginning to enjoy academic writing, or writing like a nerd. In newsroom, my challenge was to simplify and explain the news and offer a news peg; in academia, the challenge is to encapsulate complex ideas without repetition or obfuscation, never forgetting that critiquing is equally important to any good academic work.
Here are my list of top resources for you, if you are getting started in academia or ever plan to.
Phrasebank, University of Manchester
Critical Thinking, University of Leeds
Reading and writing an essay, MIT
Strategies for Essay Writing, Harvard
Beginning the Academic Essay, Harvard
Harvard tutorials on TikTok (not accessible from India)
Writing guides if you are teaching
Components of a successful essay
Cambridge University Guide to Writing
Book a session with Christopher Woodall
Ok, so this list is not exhaustive but definitely worked for me. Check these out, should help.