Writing Tips from Former Expert Staff of Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs

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UNAIR NEWS – Scientific Writing (KTI) or paper is a text that is most often made by students, both for the purposes of college assignments and competitions. Based on this, AUBMO PSDKU UNAIR in Banyuwangi as an organization of Bidikmisi scholarship students in UNAIR PSDKU held an online sharing entitled “Ethics of Scientific Writing”.

The online sharing discussion was held on Whatsapp on Saturday, March 23 evening, inviting a former expert staff of Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs and UNAIR alumni of Development Economics program in 2011, Yessi Rahmawati, as the speaker.

In the beginning of sharing session, the woman born in Nganjuk shared the website she manages, because according to her, her website, www.yessirahma.com can be useful for scientific writing.

“I like writing, really like it, if you have free time, you can visit my website, because there is one section that I specialize in for articles, tips and tricks in writing,” she said.

Yessi during discussion explained about the definition of scientific writing and things that must be known before writing. But at the beginning, she also gave tips on how to get motivated to write, and take the time to write at least 30 minutes a day.

“In my experience, when I was undergraduate, I had 2 hours before going to bed to write, I was still active in writing novels and work as editor in publishing,” she said.

In her opinion, there is fix methods in scientific writing, but the steps are ideas development, data collection, method of research design and word processing. The most important from those steps is ideas development according to her.

“Ideas are the most important things in writing. They are everywhere, but we may miss them. They can be from other information media and from our surroundings, “ she said.

Then the data collection, she continued, was divided into two, primary data (surveys, interviews) and secondary data. According to her, in order to be easy in collecting data, it is better to use secondary data, because it can be collected from various sources free and quickly.

“The thing that must be considered in the search for data is never fabricate the data, because in the end it will reduce the quality of your work. In addition, accountability will also be very difficult, ” she explained.

The methodology is divided into two, quantitative and qualitative methods. However, Yessi also explained that the selection of method depends on the topic raised and the depth of analysis and purpose of the research. She also provided input on word processing, scientific writing should use easy-to-understand language.

“Don’t complicate things that are not complicated, but simplify something complicated,” she added

As an alumna of Bidikmisi, Yessi Rahmawati advised the whole participants as well as the Bidikmisi students, to start writing well.

“Set targets, be hard on yourself and don’t be afraid to learn and make mistakes. One day when you enter the professional world, writing skills will be needed and will improve your competitiveness, ” she concluded.


Author: Bastian Ragas

Editor: Nuri Hermawan


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