If you have read the first three chapters and done some of the exercises, you should understand about the five Primary Purposes of academic writing and the 13 Genre Families.

What is your Primary Purpose? When you have decided, go onto the next page.

Demonstrating Knowledge & Understanding 1. Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding
Building Research Skills 2. Building Research Skills
Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning 3. Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning
Writing for Oneself & Others 4. Writing for Oneself and Others
Preparing for Professional Practice 5. Preparing for Professional Practice

If you have not read the first three chapters and, therefore, cannot identify your Primary Purpose, we suggest that you have a look at those pages: Introduction.