Dissertation Writing Tips for Military Students in Developing their Academic Writing Voice

In working with a variety of students over the tenure of my career as a college professor these last 10 years, I am seeing some unique similarities with my military students.  I find that they often share many similar struggles with their writing that I want to address in this video.

First, military training typically encompasses short bursts of communication.  Often military members think in bullet points and 30 second sound bytes when communicating with others.  As a result, many military initially may struggle when trying to develop their academic writing voice.

This video is intended to offer a few writing strategies that might be of help.

First, don’t fight it.  For many military students, your training might be from 4 years to 24 years—a long time to develop communication habits.  Let’s simply embrace it and use your strengths to your advantage.

Since most in the military excel in giving presentations or briefs to your superiors, particularly in PowerPoint, why not consider first crafting your paper in terms of a PowerPoint Presentation?  Within the writing process, this is similar to beginning with an outline from which a paper is crafted.  Since many in the military can speak to nearly any slide in a PowerPoint presentation, why not begin with this end in mind?  Simply craft your bullet points within a PowerPoint presentation first, then craft your paper based on this presentation.  Many assignments within academia have a presentation that works in tandem to the assignment—so you may even be ahead of the game!

Simply remember good writing fundamentals and begin with a Writing Roadmap Strategy as the fundamentals are the same whether writing a paper or crafting a PowerPoint Presentation.  First begin with an introduction—tell your audience what to expect.  For a PPT, this might be the form of an agenda, however the principle is the same.

The bullet points of this agenda then become your body paragraphs of your writing—the points for which you will talk to within a presentation and write to within a writing assignment.

Lastly, be sure to offer a conclusion—a wrap up of your presentation that often culminates in a Q/A.  What are the main points you want to leave your audience with?  For a paper, this is the same, simply review your main points as offered within the paper, and review your writing objectives from your introduction to prove that you accomplished what you set out to do.

Thank you for joining me.  My name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz and I hope you find these suggestions within this video helpful. Good luck!

Cheryl

Dr. Cheryl Lentz

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February 9th, 2011 by admin

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