Just like you wear different clothes for different settings – shorts to play basketball, a tuxedo to a prom or wedding, jeans to school every day – there are different types of writing depending on the situation.

One of the challenges for students is switching from genre to genre: a law firm requires a very different writing style than a graduate seminar on political theory.

As your skills develop you’ll be able to identify different genres and ultimately to slip in and out of them, just like you find that perfect dress for a night out or the boots that keep your feet warm and dry on a snowy winter’s day.