Effective Communication

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills to have in terms of writing, as it is needed for all types of scientific communication (articles, reports, papers). Two of the most important contributors of effective communication include word choice/style and grammar.

Grammar is one of the most important aspects of writing a successful paper for a course. There are lots of grammar rules out there, but some of the most important ones for being successful in the IMS courses have been compiled into a list for you.

Have you ever heard of Grammarly? Grammarly is a program that checks your grammar for you (but still be sure to go over the grammar rules in the list above!).

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Common Mistakes Students Make

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  • Past vs. Present Tense

  • Abbreviations

  • Italicizing Latin Phrases

  • Unnecessary Words

  • Writing a Number & It's Units

  • Semicolon vs. Colon

  • Professional Wording (Scientific Terminology)

  • Commas

  • Comma Splice

What do the Categories Mean?

#1: Big Mistakes

These are things that you will cost you the most marks. At the university level, writing in full sentences is a must! Spelling mistakes also should not appear in your writing (USE SPELL CHECK) and always remember to follow the formatting guidelines for the assignment!


#2: Look Over THese Grammar Rules

These are things that Word probably won't catch in your writing. Remember, Grammarly is your best friend! But at the end of the day, Grammarly won't be able to catch everything, and you should always check the grammar rules list to make sure you haven't forgotten anything!

He's making a list, and checking it twice!

#3: Spice Up Your Writing

This is where we try to help you take your writing to the next level! There are lots of things on the grammar rules list that students often don't use in their writing—don't be afraid to use those semicolons and M dashes. It might have been what you were missing when you were trying to link ideas together!