Common Difficulties of Improving Modern Students’ Academic Writing

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( — July 22, 2019) — With the modern world allowing in technological development one after the other, modern-day students are finding it harder and harder to get down and concentrate on their academics. This affects not only college students but also high school students and even primary pupils. One area that has felt a massive impact in the contemporary education system is academic writing.

Technology has claimed a lot of time from students and people generally, leaving them with fewer opportunities to engage in the really significant stuff. This has had major adverse effects on the writing skills in students. Of course, nowadays, it is understandable to have less time to complete all your work. It is normal for students to once in a while have their assignments completed on their behalf in major academic writing platforms like, and part with a little amount of money. Their task, therefore, remains to go through the work and improve on areas which they need to. The problem is that they rarely do that, and this impacts on their skills. Below are some of the main challenges which have affected the writing skills of students.

1.    Less practice due to less time 

For a student to get better at writing significant and serious assignments like a research paper, they will have to invest as much time as possible. However, there is a lot of stuff that students nowadays find themselves engaged in, majorly related to technology. If a student isn’t in front of a laptop trying to connect with the outside world, they will be on the phone doing one or two things. This ultimately claims a lot of their time, and they hardly get enough time to look into their academic writing skills. They, therefore, never or seldom get better at their abilities.

2.    Less reading

The most constructive and effective way of improving your writing skills is by creating a strong bond with your books, online articles, journals and whatever thing that is informative. Writing is easier because you do not have to stick to the academically oriented books to get better at it. Just pick up any book, be it fun books, fictional or non-fictional, political or historical, explorative or any other genre you could think of. Any text can improve your writing so long as it is informative and well-written. The fantastic thing about frequent reading is that you improve not only your writing skills but also your speech.

However, most students nowadays never identify the need and importance of frequently engaging with their books. This has a major blow on their language, which ultimately makes their writing skills poorer and poorer.

3.    Laziness in research

The most suitable word to describe the modern student is lazy (Sorry, that sounds so strong!). They seem to love a lot of spoon-feeding from the teachers and the internet. The problem is that information is always available online, and they can access it every time without dropping any sweat. That appears to have structured their minds to always want it the easy way. This makes it hard for them when they are required to do extensive research because that needs some sweat to be dropped. Academic writing like essays, dissertations, and thesis, require full dedication, and sometimes even visiting the libraries. However, this hardly happens with the modern-day students, and the evident result is poor academic writing skills.

4.    Lack of the drive to learn and engage

Just as most of the other factors, the major root cause of the problem is the vastly advanced technology.  Students find the internet to be more fun and exciting than reading or writing. Whether they are more beneficial or not is a very debatable question. Regardless, the more “engaging” things on the internet snatch away the students’ time and interest in their academics, hence reducing their drive and level of engagement.

5.    Attitudes of students towards academic writing

This, in fact, summarizes everything else. Statistically, about 72% of all students think studies are difficult and boring. The negative energy, therefore, snatches away their interest in learning and urge to take the initiative in an attempt to learn more and engage most of their time in their academic work.  

For better skills in academic writing, students need to fully dedicate their time and engage more. They also need to develop the reading habit, especially, but not strictly to educational content majorly in scholarly reviews, articles, journals, and of course books. Failure to do this, improving the writing skills could remain to be a permanent problem.