This resource uses the writing feedback you’ve been given by instructors, tutors, peers, or even your own evaluation of your writing to guide you to supports that will improve your writing skills more quickly.

First, it is important to know that the best way to improve your own writing is to read and to write—a lot. It is through the continued practice of both reading and writing that sustained writing improvement happens. But you can speed up writing improvement by also reviewing writing guides on specific writing topics.

  1. Review the types of writing feedback below.
  2. Determine the types of writing feedback you’ve been given by instructors, tutors, peers, or your own awareness of your writing.
  3. Use the writing guides associated with the type of feedback you’ve received to accelerate your writing improvement.
  4. Write, write, write. Read, read, read.


Types of Writing Feedback & Writing Guides to Use

Assignment expectations

Ex.: Not addressing the assignment; Not following directions; Missing information


Formatting, grammar, mechanics

Ex.: Incorrect APA usage; Not quoting or paraphrasing correctly; Incorrect or missing citations; Any grammar, punctuation, or sentence structure issues


Academic voice/ tone

Ex.: Writing is too casual or too informal; Does not include your own academic voice and ideas; Turnitin score is too high


Academic integrity

Ex.: No citations or incorrect citations; Incorrect paraphrasing; Need to integrate research into your own writing; Possible unintentional plagiarism


Writing structure

Ex.: Thesis needs development; Paragraphs need development; Paragraphs do not have an academic structure; Organization issues