Recap session 8 – Good style and style specifics

Sheldon-Cooper-High-NFCWe started the session off with a fun writing prompt:

Use the following words in your story: kittens, a half-eaten pizza, telepathy, a radio call-in show, salt crackers, magic, a six-pack of beer, existential angst.

This was really a fun one and it was also fun to hear what you made out of these words. I found this writing prompt somewhere online. If you google it, you will find some more stories from other people for this prompt.

The main part of our session was about good style in scientific writing. In preparation for the topic, you read chapters 6 and 7 in Zobel’s “Writing for Computer Science”. We discussed the aspects and characteristics of good style and came up with this mindmap:


(sorry for the non-optimal quality of the photo).

Both chapters can be seen as a top-down view. While chapter 6 gives an overview of the aspects of good style, chapter 7 dives into detail on these different aspects and suggests some practical approaches. Therefore, it can be used as a future reference to look up whenever you need it.


  1. Read chapters 10 „Algorithms“ and 11 „Graphs, Figures, Tables“ in „Scientific Writing for Computer Science“ in preparation for the next session.
  2. Read the text „Fighting for breath“ in  Tim Skerns „Writing Scientific English“ (p. 50f) and analyze its adherence to the aspects of good style.

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