Some of the problems you may be having with your academic writing could be linked to your use of paragraphs. Do you ever struggle with any of the things below?
If each paragraph explores one main point, then it follows that there should be at least one reference or piece of evidence within each paragraph. Otherwise you are in danger of making a key point without backing it up.
Consider the internal structure of paragraphs and how they link to one another. This is a key part of achieving an effective essay structure to convey your line of reasoning. Check each paragraph for structure, clarity, relevance and connection to its neighbours.
University of Newcastle (2021) Writing Strong Paragraphs: Paragraph Structure. Available at: https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/writing-paragraphs/structure (Accessed: 13 August 2021).
University of Sheffield (2021) Paragraphs, Flow and Connectivity. Available at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/study-skills/writing/academic-writing/paragraph-flow-connectivity (Accessed: 13 August 2021).