## Writing Skills

#### Before starting:

**Think about what are you writing and for who! For example:**- Notes, coursework, presentations etc. all require different writing styles (some general guidelines are considered below).
- If you are writing for self reference only, you should know how much detail you need to include in your notes.
- If you are writing for someone else e.g. coursework, full details need to be included in your work.

#### When writing:

**Keep your work neat and tidy! It’s no good writing anything down if no-one can understand what it is you have written.****Maths is not only about writing numbers and formulas. Use words and sentences to join equations and explain your work.****Include clear explanations of what you are doing and why you are doing it.**- This will help you when you come to review your work.
- It will help anyone else who has to read your work.

**Be precise!**- For example, 1/3 is not equal to 0.3.
- Use notation correctly. Does x2 mean, x × 2, or x
_{2}, or x^{2}? - Include units where required. The difference in volume between 1m
^{3}and 1cm^{3}is quite substantial!

**Make sure your work makes sense.**- Read through your work.
- Ask a friend to read through your work.
- Compare your notes/solutions to those in a text book.

#### What next?

Why not check out our other study skills guides:

- Reading Skills for Maths
- Problem Solving Skills for Maths
- Revision Skills for Maths
- Exam Skills for Maths