Improving Coherence in Technical Writing


  • G.K. Suraishkumar Indian Institute of Technology


The technical documents of many inexperienced student writers do not effectively communicate, even after the spelling and grammar aspects are addressed well. This results, because the student is not clear in his/her mind about the aspects that need to be communicated, although (s)he may be knowledgeable in the area. Also, the methods of effective communication are not well defined, and hence, first-time writers find it difficult to understand them. This article addresses coherence, which can significantly improve the communication, but is one of the elusive aspects for novice writers. This article aims to provide a structured approach that faculty members can use to improve the technical writing skills of students.

Author Biography

G.K. Suraishkumar, Indian Institute of Technology

G.K. Suraishkumar is currently Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay He received his B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his PhD from Drexel University in Philadelphia. His current research interest is in the area of free radical based improvements in the productivity of bioreactors. He can be reached at <>.