I recommend that you not look on the question of using “I” in an academic paper as a matter of a rule to follow, as part of a political agenda (see Webb), or even as the need to create a strategy to avoid falling into Scylla-or-Charybdis error.Let the first-person singular be, instead, a tool that you take out when you think it’s needed and that you leave in the toolbox when you think it’s not.
Unless a person is in a physically-intensive profession, a body will waste away with inactivity.
Remember to emphasize the experience, event, article or business before interjecting yourself.
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For example, “I gathered the results” is changed to “The results were gathered.” Often, you can turn the perspective around to avoid using the first person.
If you find yourself discussing yourself, return the reader to the subject at hand by saying, “This thesis will reveal” rather than “I will describe in this thesis.” It’s not ideal, but there are a few instances in which using second-person references can work to your advantage.