Doing Essays and Assignments: Essential Tips for Students

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SAGE Publications, May 9, 2011 - Study Aids - 192 pages
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This book gives students an insider’s view of what professors are looking for when they set essays and assignments. As such it will be a vital purchase for any student seeking practical and effective guidance on how to write successful essays and other written assignment. Both lively and authoritative in equal measure, Doing Essays and Assignments: Essential Tips for Students leads its readers through all of the skills required for the process of essay and assignment writing at a number of levels. Pete Greasley finds the perfect balance between a humorous style which maintains the reader’s interest throughout and a comprehensive approach which highlights a wide range of specific practical tips that all students could benefit from.

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Extremely useful study guide for anyone at university. Pete Greasley writes in an informative, effervescent and occasionally humorous style. The content is evidence based on personal experience and the experience of a multitude of academics whose role are to guess what? Mark essays. There are lots of really useful examples of actual essays that have got top marks and also 'how not to write' examples. Very useful whether you are getting D's and want a higher grade or just want to brush up your already accomplished skills. I was so impressed I contacted him in person to thank him, something I definitely would not normally do.
A School of Health Student.


1 An insight into the marking process
2 How to impress and how to distress markers
some rules of the game
4 Getting started and getting finished
5 Reading and researching the literature
6Introductions conclusions and structure
7 What was the question again?
8 Critical analysis perspective and argument
11 Plagiarism
12 How not to present graphs and charts
first impressions count
14 Feedback and Feedforward
A sample assignment with annotated comments
Writing researchproject reports
Critical thinking and sceptical inquiry

language grammar and expression
10 Referencing an academic fetish for the anally retentive?

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Pete Greasley is a Teaching Fellow in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University. He has been marking student assignments for more years than he would care to remember, and not particularly enjoying it. He has conducted research and published academic articles in psychology, sociology, health, and education, and has also written an introductory book on quantitative data analysis.

Research and teaching interests include psychological and social issues relating to health, sceptical inquiry relating to pseudo-science and the paranormal, and how to help students avoid common mistakes when writing their assignments. He currently spends much of his time supervising trainee clinical psychologists doing their research projects at Lancaster University.

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