Writing at university level can be more demanding than writing at school. Writing may have been easy for you then, but now you need a technical style and you may find it difficult at first. However, once you master the conventions, it's easy to write technical style—as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Just as there are different ways of speaking to different people (you talk to your friends in one speech pattern, and to your employer in another), there are different writing styles. For instance, you would probably not use the same style writing to your grandmother as to your head of department (unless you have relations in the faculty). Table 9.1 shows examples of different styles and the problems in using these styles for university writing. Engineers mostly write in technical versions of academic style, and the principles covered in this chapter will apply