Essay Writing Skills

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
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Writing essays is a major part of many higher education courses. A well written essay can make the difference between a pass and a fail in coursework assignments, dissertations, and exams. Essay Writing Skillsoffers practical and proven ways for students to maximize their success in all aspects of essay writing. From planning a first essay to assessing primary and secondary sources, it will help the student to write in a systematic way that presents a convincing and academically sound argument. The book provides instruction and advice on good research techniques, grammar and accuracy, creating an essay plan, and correctly citing sources. Also including a range of real life example essays and insider knowledge on how essays are assessed, Essay Writing Skillsis an indespensible source of guidance for students who wish to improve the quality of their written work.

Author Biography

Patrick Forsyth is a consultant, trainer and writer. Both are authors of The Study Skills Guide (also published by Kogan Page). Mark Connelly, who wrote the foreword and contributed to the book, is Professor in Modern British History at Kent University and an author.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: destination graduationp. 1
New realitiesp. 2
Future realitiesp. 4
How to use this bookp. 5
The academic essay: its nature and rolep. 7
What is an essay?p. 7
Essay conventionsp. 9
The essay as assessed courseworkp. 13
Developing your academic skills through essay writingp. 16
The foundation for successp. 21
Using clear languagep. 21
Detail that makes for good writingp. 25
If your first language is not Englishp. 37
Researching the contentp. 41
Deciding which topic to write onp. 41
Understanding the essay titlep. 42
Gathering material and using bibliographiesp. 44
Developing your academic skillsp. 47
Making notesp. 51
Using essay banksp. 52
Preparing and writingp. 54
A systematic approachp. 54
When it all goes wrongp. 63
The structure and detail of an essayp. 65
The introduction: making a good startp. 65
The central contentp. 67
Referencingp. 68
An appropriate conclusionp. 76
Writing essays in examinationsp. 78
The purpose and form of a dissertationp. 81
Example essays and the art of learning from experiencep. 86
What your lecturer wantsp. 87
A checklistp. 88
The nature of the examplesp. 89
An example of guidelinesp. 90
Examplesp. 97
Dealing with criticismp. 117
A helping handp. 122
Top tipsp. 122
Looking aheadp. 125
The immediate benefitsp. 125
The wider worldp. 126
Areas of changep. 127
Skills with ongoing benefitp. 128
Applications in finding work and beyondp. 129
Written communication in the workplacep. 131
Ongoing developmentp. 131
Afterwordp. 134
And finally…p. 134
Acknowledgementsp. 137
Indexp. 138
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