Becoming an Academic Writer : 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-19
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This book helps academic writers gain control over writing and publishing, master specific aspects of academic writing, and improve their productivity. Patricia Goodson offers weekly exercises and tools to achieve these goals. The exercises are theoretically-grounded and empirically-based, comprising a set of behavioral principles (e.g., writing regularly, separating generating from editing) and specific practices (weekly exercises) which ensure success. The author draws on research on writing and productivity in college settings, together with insights into the practice patterns of elite performers (such as Olympic athletes), to develop a set of key principles. This book uniquely combines these successful principles with a set of original exercises applicable to the writing needs of college professors and students.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
About the Authorp. xxi
Get Ready to Practicep. 1
The POWER Modelp. 3
The Theory Behind POWERp. 3
The Research Behind POWERp. 4
Talent Development and Elite Performance: The Psychology Literaturep. 6
Talent Development and Elite Performance: The Neuroscience Literaturep. 7
Practicing Academic Writingp. 9
Notesp. 10
Electronic Sourcesp. 10
Referencesp. 10
Practice Becoming a Productive Academic Writer
Establish and Maintain the "Write" Habitp. 15
Think About It…p. 16
Seeing Yourself as a Writerp. 17
Embrace the "Write" Attitudep. 17
Manage the Contingenciesp. 18
Practicep. 19
Schedule Your Writing Sessionsp. 21
Increase Your Writing Time in No Timep. 23
Write Quickly, Edit Slowlyp. 25
Organize Messy Draftsp. 28
Keep and Share a Writing Logp. 31
Read About Writingp. 34
Document Your Writing Projectsp. 36
Write to Learn (Anything, Including How to Write)p. 39
Notesp. 42
Electronic Sourcesp. 42
Referencesp. 42
Practice Building Academic Vocabularyp. 45
Think About It…p. 46
Increase Your Vocabulary One Word at a Timep. 51
Use New Academic Wordsp. 54
Build Your Own Professional Dictionary/Glossaryp. 57
Electronic Sourcesp. 60
Referencesp. 60
Chapter Four-Polish the Grammarp. 61
Think About It…p. 62
Learn From the Mastersp. 65
Identify Patterns of Problemsp. 67
Practice Grammar Rulesp. 69
Copyp. 71
Notep. 74
Electronic Sourcesp. 74
Referencesp. 74
Get Feedbackp. 77
Think About It…p. 78
Types of Feedbackp. 80
Get Feedback on Early Draftsp. 82
Get Feedback oh Middle Draftsp. 85
Get Feedback on Final Draftsp. 87
Get Feedback Regularlyp. 90
Schedule Reading Appointmentsp. 93
Referencesp. 94
Edit and Proofreadp. 95
Think About It…p. 96
Tighten the Paragraphsp. 98
Make It Flow: Organizep. 102
Clear the Clutterp. 106
Use a Thesaurus and a Reverse Dictionaryp. 114
Pay Attention to Word Placementp. 118
Cut It in Halfp. 122
Read Aloudp. 124
Copyedit: Proofread Line by Linep. 126
Notep. 129
Electronic Sourcesp. 129
Referencesp. 129
Practice Writing Sections of Journal Articles, Research Reports, and Grant Applications
Exercises for Writing Introductions, Purpose Statements, or Specific Aims Sectionsp. 133
Think About It…p. 134
Mapp. 137
Dumpp. 140
Craft the Purpose Statementp. 142
Develop the Rationalep. 146
Present the Literature Reviewp. 149
Lay Out the Theoretical Frameworkp. 150
Check Itp. 152
Checklist for Introductionsp. 152
Notesp. 153
Electronic Sourcesp. 154
Referencesp. 154
Exercises for Writing the Methods Sectionp. 155
Think About It…p. 156
Practice Describingp. 158
Describe the Research Designp. 160
Describe the Samplep. 162
Describe the Measuresp. 163
Describe Data Collection and Data Management Proceduresp. 165
Describe the Data Analysisp. 168
Notep. 169
Referencesp. 169
Chapter Nine-Exercises for Writing the Results/Findings Sectionp. 171
Think About It…p. 172
Picture the Findingsp. 174
Describe the Most Important Findingsp. 176
Checklist for Results/Findings Sectionsp. 177
Summarize the Least Important Findingsp. 179
Notep. 179
Electronic Sourcesp. 180
Referencesp. 180
Exercises for Writing the Discussion or Conclusion Sectionp. 181
Think About It…p. 182
Question the Results/Findingsp. 185
Connect the Dots: Other Researchp. 187
Connect the Dots: Relevant Theoryp. 189
Guide Your Reader Into the Futurep. 192
Confess Limitationsp. 195
Notesp. 198
Referencesp. 198
Exercise for Writing Abstractsp. 199
Think About It…p. 200
Write an Abstract in 20 Minutesp. 203
Referencesp. 205
Afterwordp. 207
Appendix: Additional Resourcesp. 209
Author Indexp. 213
Subject Indexp. 217
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