Preparing for Academic Success at the Graduate Level

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Preparing for Academic Success at the Graduate Level
Monica Stracuzza
September 15, 2014
Gracie Aguilera

Characteristics of Graduate Writing Writing at the graduate level is a significant part of a student's coursework when entering into a Master's program. Throughout a person's college career, they have written many papers in their undergraduate studies, but writing papers at a graduate level differs from previous styles of writing. There are very distinct characteristics in graduate writing. Following the rules of graduate writing correctly, makes for a clear and precise paper; grabbing the audience's attention, and making the point of the paper undeniable to the reader, while using facts …show more content…

The information should be organized in a logical manner so that the writer can build their case around the original thesis. Organizing a paper correctly results in a fluid flow from section to section, making the transitions easy to follow. Connecting the paper as a whole and any details, examples, or specifics will logically develop the central idea of the paper. A graduate level writer will also possess the ability to interpret the material, which entails the ability to decipher between an analysis and synthesis, and then chooses one or the other. The synthesis is a combination of the idea that leads to a theory, and analysis is the separation and breakdown of these elements.
Writing Strengths and Weaknesses When writing a paper, everyone has strengths and weaknesses. My personal strengths that I believe I possess are editing, free-writing, and organization. My grammar skills are not weak, but there is room for improvement. One of my biggest weaknesses in writing graduate papers is APA formatting. Although I have not had any issues with plagiarism, I have trouble with properly citing source specifics from books to articles, to web pages, and magazines. I will work on improving all my weakness, and fine tuning my strengths because while I believe I possess the ability to write naturally, writing within guidelines is something learned.
Managing Time, Stress, and Finding Balance The process of

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