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Academic structure: it's not a long-form five-paragraph essay

When it comes to structuring writing, many of us are taught some variation of the five-paragraph essay. It goes something like this:

Academic writing is not so simply structured.

But this means they also allow more flexibility.

And in some ways, that makes it easier: the five paragraph essay is hard because it sort of makes you start from scratch–a blank page. Scholars usually start their writing by building off what others have said.

Try these approaches make your academic writing more connected

In the beginning

In the middle

Free your paragraphs from the whole “subpoint” mentality, and instead divide your paragraphs more naturally:

At the end

Feel free to bring up new ideas!