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When writing university assignments for particular disciplines, you will usually be expected to follow some conventions. Your module materials will give you more information on which conventions to follow but this section gives you a general introduction to writing for university.
Although different academic subjects will demand different styles of writing from you, you will always be expected to offer a reasoned argument that is backed up with evidence. Look at your module materials for guidance on what kind of style you are expected to use in your assignments.
To express yourself well in your assignments, try to do the following.
Look at the following extracts from OU modules to get a better sense of the different styles in use.
You can see that even within academic writing there is variation between both subject areas and study levels. Different writers adopt slightly different styles, but they all conform to the standard rules of punctuation, grammar and spelling and they all use appropriate vocabulary for their particular field.