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Question Description

1. What are the key differences between academic writing and personal essay writing? 

2. How is writing from sources different from writing about one’s personal experience? 

3. What advice would you give in writing their personal essays?  

Final Answer

    Writing is a necessary skill  in many scenarios in one's life. Academic Writing has its own set of guidelines which each student should use to present ideas from  established sources, supported by references. The student can add original concepts as part of the pursuit of knowledge. Academic writing follows the correct conventions of Punctuation, Spelling and Grammar.

   Personal writing is normally writing for oneself or to loved ones, such as a Diary,Personal Essay, notes, letters, or an Autobiography. Personal Essays and writing have a more informal style and tone.

    The difference between Academic writing and Personal Essay writing are the formal style, tone, guidelines and referencing of the Academic, compared to Personal Essays, which are more informal in tone, content and style. 

       To write an acceptable Personal Essay, the author must aim to be true to his/herself. The author should aim to involve the reading audience. Try a "catchy" opening, not the standard (such as "Let me tell you about..."). Personal Essays can include writing  about the author's feelings, or a situation or life lesson which affected the author. The author can aim for humor or a twist in the Essay, to impact the reader. Then the author should self-edit, maybe rewrite, and also maybe edit with a peer (a study buddy.)

Julie G (559)
UIUC

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