Avoid writing in first-person unless co-authoring your paper. You should usually write your papers in third-person
Be concise and clear
Be sensitive to labels
Organize sources - Remember to record citation information for every paper you intend to use. Use notecards or a digital method to keep track of information you intend to use. Create a labeling scheme for your sources so that you credit the proper source.
Note page numbers - Page numbers are required for quotes. Although they are not required for paraphrases, APA encourages their use.
Outline - Organize your paper using an outline or web scheme. Keeping your thoughts organized by topic will help support your topic.