Writing Essays For Dummies

Writing Essays For Dummies

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By (author) Mary Page, By (author) Carrie Winstanley

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470742909
  • ISBN 13: 9780470742907
  • Edition statement: UK ed
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 21,812

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Do ever wish that you could write the perfect university essay? Are you left baffled about where to start? This easy-to-use guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of academic writing, helping you develop your essay-writing skills and achieve higher marks. From identifying the essay type and planning a structure, to honing your research skills, managing your time, finding an essay voice, and referencing correctly, Writing Essays For Dummies shows you how to stay on top of each stage of the essay-writing process, to help you produce a well-crafted and confident final document. Writing Essays For Dummies covers: Part I: Navigating a World of Information Chapter 1: Mapping Your Way: Starting to Write Essays Chapter 2: Identifying the essay type Part II: Researching, Recording and Reformulating Chapter 3: Eyes Down: Academic reading Chapter 4: Researching Online Chapter 5: Note-taking and Organising your Material Chapter 6: Avoiding Plagiarism Part III: Putting Pen to Paper Chapter 7: Writing as a process Chapter 8: Getting Going and Keeping Going Part IV: Mastering Language and Style Chapter 9: Writing with Confidence Chapter 10: Penning the Perfect Paragraph Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice Part V: Tightening Your Structure and Organisation Chapter 12: Preparing the Aperitif: The Introduction Chapter 13: Serving the Main Course: The Essay's Body Chapter 14: Dishing up Dessert: The Conclusion Chapter 15: Acknowledging Sources of Information Part VI: Finishing with a Flourish: The Final Touches Chapter 16: It's all in the detail Chapter 17: Perfecting Your Presentation Chapter 18: The afterglow Part VII: Part of Tens Chapter 19: Ten Tips to Avoid Things Going Wrong Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Make Your Essay Stand Out

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Mary Page teaches English for Academic Purposes and essay-writing skills at the University of Southampton. Dr Carrie Winstanley is a Principal lecturer in Education at Roehampton University. Carrie was recently named one of the Top 50 university teachers in the UK by the Higher Education Academy.

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Learn the secrets to handing in excellent essaysGood essay-writing never goes out of style - and "Writing Essays For Dummies" shows you how to do it. This accessible, step-by-step guide breaks the task into manageable chunks, covering everything from organising your time and gathering ideas to researching, structuring and editing an assignment. You'll soon be writing essays that stand out from the crowd - every time.The crucial preparation stages - get organised, get started and keep your work on trackThe nuts and bolts of the writing process - make the most of your time when you plan, read, research and take notesSimple steps to developing flawless style - take some grammar, add a pinch of your own voice and pen the perfect paragraphBeginning, middle and end - put all the elements together to craft an assignment with flairSweating the small stuff - edit your English, perfect your layout and prepare for your next assignmentOpen the book and find: How to get started and plan your time wiselyWhat your tutor expects from youThe best way to work through your reading listThe secrets of effective note-takingThe fundamentals of good grammarHow to structure and shape your essayTips on hitting your deadlines with time to spareAll you need to know about referencing and plagiarismWhere to turn if you get a lower mark than you expectedLearn to: Craft a first-class essay from start to finishOrganise your time - researching, reading and writing - effectivelyPolish your writing style and find your own voiceMaster the skills you need to tackle each assignment confidently

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Navigating a World of Information 7 Chapter 1: Mapping Your Way: Starting to Write Essays 9 Chapter 2: Getting Going and Keeping Going 27 Chapter 3: Working Out the Essay Type 45 Part II: Researching, Recording and Reformulating 63 Chapter 4: Eyes Down: Academic Reading 65 Chapter 5: Researching Online 85 Chapter 6: Note Taking and Organising Your Material 97 Chapter 7: Avoiding Plagiarism 115 Part III: Mastering Language and Style 129 Chapter 8: Writing with Confidence: Brushing Up Your Grammar 131 Chapter 9: Penning the Perfect Paragraph 147 Chapter 10: Writing in the Academic Style 163 Part IV: Tightening Your Structure and Organisation 189 Chapter 11: Preparing the Aperitif: The Introduction 191 Chapter 12: Serving the Main Course: The Essay's Body 201 Chapter 13: Dishing Up Dessert: The Conclusion 215 Chapter 14: Acknowledging Sources of Information 227 Part V: Finishing with a Flourish: The Final Touches 243 Chapter 15: Editing and Proofreading: It's All in the Detail 245 Chapter 16: Perfecting Your Presentation 259 Chapter 17 : Moving On: Results and Feedback 269 Part VI: The Part of Tens 279 Chapter 18: Ten Troubleshooting Tips 281 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Writing Essays in Exams 289 Index 301