Essay Writing Skills

Essay Writing Skills : Essential Techniques to Gain Top Marks

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Writing essays is a major part of many further education courses. In coursework assignments, dissertations and exams, a well-written essay can make the difference between a pass and a fail, and these essays provide you with the stepping stones that take you towards the degree, qualification and career that you desire. Nothing will expose your uncertainty or lack of knowledge more than a poorly written essay; what Essay Writing Skills does is let you know what is expected of you and how best to go about your research, thus allowing you to get on top of your workload quickly.

Essay Writing Skills offers practical and proven ways to maximise your success in all aspects of essay writing. From planning your first essay to assessing primary and secondary sources, it will help you to write in a systematic way that presents a convincing and academically sound argument. A comprehensive guide, it provides guidance and advice on good research techniques, grammar and accuracy, creating an essay plan and correctly citing your sources. It also includes a range of real life example essays and insider knowledge on how your essays are assessed, Essay Writing Skills is an indispensible source of advice, making the writing process clear and manageable to help you improve the quality of your written work.
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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 10mm | 285g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0749463910
  • 9780749463915
  • 318,903

Table of contents

Section - ONE: Introduction: destination graduation

Chapter - 01: New realities
Chapter - 02: Future realities
Chapter - 03: How to use this book

Section - TWO: The academic essay: its nature and role

Chapter - 01: What is an essay?
Chapter - 02: Essay conventions
Chapter - 03: The essay as assessed coursework
Chapter - 04: Developing your academic skills through essay writing

Section - THREE: The foundation for success

Chapter - 01: Using clear language
Chapter - 02: Detail that makes for good writing
Chapter - 03: If your first language is not English

Section - FOUR: Researching the content

Chapter - 01: Deciding which topic to write on
Chapter - 02: Understanding the essay title
Chapter - 03: Gathering material and using bibliographies
Chapter - 04: Developing your academic skills
Chapter - 05: Making notes
Chapter - 06: Using essay banks

Section - FIVE: Preparing and writing

Chapter - 01: A systematic approach
Chapter - 02: When it all goes wrong

Section - SIX: The structure and detail of an essay

Chapter - 01: The introduction: making a good start
Chapter - 02: The central content
Chapter - 03: Referencing
Chapter - 04: An appropriate conclusion
Chapter - 05: Writing essays in examinations
Chapter - 06: The purpose and form of a dissertation

Section - SEVEN: Example essays and the art of learning from experience

Chapter - 01: What your lecturer wants
Chapter - 02: A checklist
Chapter - 03: The nature of the examples
Chapter - 04: An example of guidelines
Chapter - 05: Examples
Chapter - 06: Dealing with criticism
Chapter - 07: A helping hand
Chapter - 08: Top tips

Section - EIGHT: Looking ahead

Chapter - 01: The immediate benefits
Chapter - 02: The wider world
Chapter - 03: Areas of change
Chapter - 04: Skills with ongoing benefit
Chapter - 05: Applications in finding work and beyond
Chapter - 06: Written communication in the workplace
Chapter - 07: Ongoing development
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About Jacqueline Connelly

Jacqueline Connelly has a wealth of experience of universities, including holding senior managerial posts at both Lancaster and Kent Universities.

Patrick Forsyth is a consultant, trainer and writer.

Mark Connelly, who wrote the foreword and contributed to the book is an author and a lecturer in Modern History at Kent University.
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