Remember that academic writing is extremely formal. This advice may not be true for other types of writing.
- insert a comment or highlights material-use only in moderation
"Learning Greek in J-term-who wouldn't remember that experience-was a challenge."
- mark a sudden change in tone
"Mother's suggestions were unsolicited-although helpful."
Slashes separates alternatives
- The writer should try to circumvent the use of slashes as they are awkward to read and can be misleading.
"We are going to the movies and/or to dinner."
- Shy away from the slash he/she when trying to avoid gender specific language. It is usually better to rewrite the sentence.
"A student needs to study for many hours in order for him/her to earn an A." This construction is awkward. Usually the pronoun can be left out, or the sentence can be rewritten.