Writing is an important life-skill for students and workers, in addition to understanding mathematics and being able to read and interpret data. There are many strong reasons why effective essay writing is a critical life skill. Nowadays, jobs often require strong writing skills and critical thinking for career success; writing is an important aspect of communication; and excellent writing skills are needed for attaining excellent results in essay examinations, particularly for economics, especially since essays are one common assessment method for economics examinations before university (which is more quantitative in nature).
What does "AIMS" stand for?
Vague arguments, unspecified terms, and generic arguments make it difficult for readers to understand the writer's intentions and logical flow. Inaccurate writing also certainly makes it difficult for the examiner to give a good grade.
For instance, when an economics student writes about "economic policy" or "macroeconomic policy" in his economics essay, does this refer to fiscal policy, or monetary policy?
Does this term refer to expansionary or contractionary policies?
Does this term refer to Keynesian or monetarist or Neoclassical economic policies?
At once, it becomes clear that accuracy is important.
An example for demand and supply is always instructive. Some economics students write that demand rises, and stop there. Well, it might be a stronger economics essay if one wrote about the impact and significance - what happens to the price? What happens to the quantity? What is the likely outcome? These are the important implications that need to be drawn out, rather than a simple mention of rising demand or increasing demand. Remember, use the letter "I" to guide you to write much better, and more effectively.
Once again, for example, when an economics student writes about expansionary fiscal policy and explains the details of how it works, that is great - but go beyond that: what is the impact or implication of the economic policy? What is the importance or significance of this particular policy? If the economic argument goes on to demonstrate that expansionary fiscal policy can ameliorate demand-deficient unemployment in theory or practice, with perhaps real life examples to show that this is indeed the case, then this particular argument has real impact and importance, and really shows the examiner the full implication of the theory.
M stands for the "Mother Test".
First, what on earth is the Mother Test? What does your mother have to do with economics writing?
Can your mother understand what you are writing in your paper?
Quite naturally, the hidden assumption here is that your mother is not actually an economics teacher or professor.
Write simply, clearly, and directly enough so that your mother can understand your writing, especially if she is not an economics teacher or professor.
If your economics essay cannot be easily understood, because of bad spelling, punctuation issues, faulty grammar, long arguments that somehow do not hit the point, and unclear sentences, then you should practise harder.
Write simply and to the point. That is the whole idea here.
Write simply, and write to the point - that is all.
In other words, help make your mother understand.
Basically, the idea here is that you need to have strong knowledge of what you are talking about.
In economics, you need to have a strong knowledge of your theory and real world economic examples, which means that you need to have studied the subject properly and put some real heart into it.
Do you really know what you are writing about?
Are you answering the question, and all its various component parts?
Do you have detailed knowledge of the economics topic, and is what you know relevant to this particular economics question?
Do you know and fully comprehend, for instance, the economic policies that you are claiming to analyse?
Studying hard for economics will provide you with a strong theoretical background to answer economics essay questions accurately, in simple language, and demonstrating the significance and importance and implications of your economic arguments.
Writing economics essays became much simpler and more effective when I discovered the AIMS of writing.