How to Write a Perfect Academic Paper

Writing skills are one of the best assets a student might have. But even if you have very good writing skills, it doesn’t mean that you can handle a nice academic paper without any efforts. The problem is that any academic paper requires that special approach and practice that only a college or a university student has. If you have just graduated from school, it is normal if you don’t know how to write a perfect academic paper. At, you can find a detailed guide on academic writing, along with some special tips and practical advice that will help you to write a decent paper even if you have never done it before.

Make Sure You Understand Instructions

Before you start writing, make sure you understand clearly what you are going to write about and how you are going to do it. Read instructions very attentively. Check if everything is absolutely clear. Even if there is the slightest doubt, ask your teacher and explain how you understand it. Otherwise, how are you going to write? It is very good if you manage to guess what is needed, but if not, you will need to remake the entire paper, and this is a complicated task.

Formatting Matters Even if You Don’t Like It

Instructions are not only about how to describe the topic, what parts your paper should consist of and so on, but also about such basic things like font and its size, page size and similar. This is called formatting and teachers love it. Sometimes, they love it more than the actual content of your paper. So, pay attention to it. If you are not sure how to do it, ask your teacher or a specialist. It is ok even if you hire somebody to do it for you. A specialist will make it as it is needed, and you will not lose your advantage because of some font.

Citation: Pay Attention to It before Writing

If a citation is needed, and most academic papers require it, check how it is done. During the research stage, write down all the phrases you would like to cite for your academic assignment. It is better of course if you can write them down in the form as it is required by the needed citation style.

Here, we will not discuss which style is usually used for which papers because your teacher might have his/her own ideas. Moreover, some styles might be used for the same purpose. Just check what your teacher needs and follow it.

Topic Should Not Be Too Wide

It is perfect if you have your topic. It already eliminates a lot of hassles and worries. But if you have to select it on your own, it might be somehow challenging. These questions will help you to determine the best topic for your case:

  • What is the field you are going to write about?

  • Select a more specific direction that is especially interesting for you.

  • Can you write about it within the volume that is required for your paper? If not, narrow it even more.

Research All the Available Materials about the Topic

Here is when real difficulties start. Nowadays, there are so many resources online that students often get confused about what to select and which sources to trust. We would strongly recommend starting with the library of your educational establishment. It can be both an online and an offline option, but there, you can be sure that all the resources are relevant and trusted. Moreover, your teacher expects you to check this resource first of all.

Further, you can search on the web relevant publications. You can use the electronic versions of scientific magazines of libraries online. Wikipedia is a good resource but most teachers do not like it. However, this resource has something incredibly valuable, and we strongly recommend to take advantage of it. The bibliography that is provided at the end of each Wikipedia article is a valuable resource.

Read the sources. Make sure you understand the content. As well, note please that if they come from a reputable magazine, it doesn’t mean that everything is correct there. Do not trust everything blindly. Yes, you will need to prove your opinion, but it is something that your teacher will appreciate.

Start with a Plan

Now, it is time to move to writing your academic paper. Create a detailed plan for it. It is recommended to make it as detailed as you can. It simplifies the further work. If your plan is very detailed, if it looks more like a paper draft, you will need just to expand the ideas.

Move to the Paper Writing

After that, you can move to the writing of your academic paper. Do not forget about the standard paper structure:

  • The introduction;

  • The main part;

  • A conclusion.

Of course, you will also add the list of sources that you used for your paper. Maybe you will need also to add some attachments (graphs, images, and so on) that do not fit in the main body of your academic paper, but the main structure doesn’t change at all because of this.

Proofread Your Paper and Submit It

The final stage is the proofreading. Give yourself a couple of days before you do so. It will help you to look at it from a different angle. Finally, after you make sure that everything is ok, submit your paper and wait for your score.