Firstly, I think we have to accept that you really are just a failure at operating Google's ngram. Obviously there are many other contexts besides numbering "bullet points" where only first can be used in the first place there's one, for example. Mind you, even if you'd composed a truly representative NGram, I'm sure the -ly versions would be relatively uncommon.
So its not a volume issue. But I think I am getting confused as you say about that flouting line. Does this mean I need to ask what the policy is for a given class on using the first person?
And usually you can tell which one based on the readings you are given in the class. From my observation I can say that those writing in a highly formal style talk like they write in private, too.
It is their language. They read almost exclusively formal writing, they converse in it about sophisticated topics, and they use it when they speak with their children thereby adding to the advantage that children from an academic background have over students from non-academic familiesand when they write they don't have to switch styles or make an effort to maintain it.
If you want to master formal writing, you must make formal language a habit, both in input and output. On the other hand, much of academic writing today is written in a more informal style, which in my opinion often eases comprehension and increases my reading pleasure.
The demands of your tutors and professors aside, you should not worry too much about the formality of your language, but rather about its understandability and clarity and, beyond that, feel free to develop your own style.
This may take some time, a lot of reading, and much writing and trying out what works best for you. As for first or third person in academic writing, there are a few questions and useful answers on this site.
Use the site search to find them. In the past it was the norm to write in an impersonal style to give an impression of objectivity. Today objectivity must be proven in the description of your methodology, and every action must clearly be attributed to its agent by the use of personal pronouns.
Because of that, academic texts today are generally written in the first person singular or plural, depending on the number of authors. The APA Manual explains this in much detail and with many examples, and I recommend you to read it even if you format your text following another style guide.
Finally, you really shouldn't guess what your teaching assistant meant, but ask him or her to explain their critique and give an example in your text. I can remember teaching students to avoid the first person. You have to look at sample answers, etc. On the point of switching between the two: I can't imagine a circumstance where it would be acceptable.
Stick to your first person pronouns 'I', 'me', 'we', 'us' or your third person pronouns.English for Writing Research Papers (English for Academic Research) 2nd ed.
Writing in third person is writing from the third-person point of view, or outsider looking in, and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours. Should I Use “I”?
and personal experience in academic writing. “First person” and “personal experience” might sound like two ways of saying the same thing, but first person and personal experience can work in very different ways in your writing. Avoiding the first person here creates the desired impression of an observed.
Advanced Sample Memo First Draft. the first person, but more importantly, it is no longer an unsubstantiated claim. It’s not enough to simply remove the first person to make your writing more scholarly.
When you subtract the first person, you must add analysis and evidence. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY. STUDENT GUIDELINES FOR AVOIDING PLAGIARISM. AT CURTIN.