GrnTea covered it but here are a few things I have used while finishing my RN-MSN:
1. In a list there is a comma between "chicken, pork, and fish." in a list.
2. Avoid "fluff" words. Adverbs like "very" are often seen as lazy academic writing by professors.
3. Do not highlight words using quotations, unless it is a quote, or in italics. If you need to place more emphasis on a word, then think of a stronger word to use.
4. "Utilize" is the action of using something for a purpose and is not intended for replacing the word "use" in academic or professional writing.
5. Some professors prefer "healthcare" others feel it should be "health care". I haven't found anything so far that determines if either is more correct than the other.
6. Be concise. Go through your writing and aim for the low end of the word requirement. So if you have a requirement of 500-750 words, aim for 500. Then go back and increase language around topics that need more clarification.
7. Invest in PERRLA for your computer. It is a $30, well maintained APA formatting program. The creators are awesome and I follow them on Facebook. When you are writing APA papers every week it is a nice way to make sure your formatting is always pretty close to perfect.
is your friend. While understanding APA formatting is always helpful, this can be great in a pinch for creating references, and it is free.
I think those are most of the things I can think of that have helped me maintain my 3.96 GPA writing papers every week for the last 3 years.
Best of luck!