Collaborative Writing: ï¿¼You will notice that most academic journal articles are written by multiple authors. The academic essay you are required to do mirrors this by requiring you to work in pairs. In a collaborative writing exercise you will find that you each have different strengths/weaknesses - use each other wisely! In an essay of just 1,500 words, splitting the work so that you each write 750 words is doomed to deliver very poor results. It is usually very obvious when students have done this, and causes considerable grief at the end of the semester. Some better approaches you may like to consider: Brainstorming your topic: Individually brainstorm potential ideas/approaches – then come together to agree which ideas/approach to adopt; Planning your essay: You may like to do an individual plan, then collate the best aspects of each plan; Alternatively you could discuss and plan the essay together – either way you MUST plan your essay. Researching your topic: Collect journal articles and other potential references individually then come together to compare and decide which to use: it is here you will accept/discard articles/references based on their credibility ranking and how well they relate to the topic. Writing the essay: It is difficult to write a 1,500 word essay collaboratively – be clear of your role in the process; You may find one of you is more comfortable writing the essay than the other (this might be due to superior writing skills, or simply a desire to have better control over what is written) – this is fine... The other person can take responsibility for proofreading the essay prior to submission – this includes: Checking that every citation is correctly formatted (to the Harvard standard) both in the essay (in- text) and in the reference list; Checking grammar and spelling (use spell check!) Use ‘track changes’ in Word to communicate potential improvements – and required corrections. You may decide to share the writing – be careful that the final product has consistency.