Your voice

Your lecturers want to hear your voice, not someone else's, so use your own ideas and words. You will need to back your ideas up with evidence from else where, but have confidence in your own expression of your ideas.
Follow the assignment instructions on whether you should be using an ‘active' or ‘passive' voice. Bear in mind that plain english guidelines recommend using the active voice whenever possible.

  • The active voice reads as follows: ‘I recommend ...'
  • The passive voice reads: ‘It is recommended that ...'

The active voice allows you to write short, punchy sentences. The passive appears more formal and considered and may be more suitable for academic writing. Avoid mixing the two voices.

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