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.
 

Contents

1 An insight into the marking process
1
2 How to impress and how to distress markers
9
some rules of the game
17
4 Getting started and getting finished
26
5 Reading and researching the literature
34
6Introductions conclusions and structure
43
7 What was the question again?
57
8 Critical analysis perspective and argument
67
11 Plagiarism
106
12 How not to present graphs and charts
115
first impressions count
124
14 Feedback and Feedforward
131
A sample assignment with annotated comments
138
Writing researchproject reports
151
Critical thinking and sceptical inquiry
158
References
163

language grammar and expression
82
10 Referencing an academic fetish for the anally retentive?
93

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About the author (2011)

Pete Greasley is a lecturer at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford. He has conducted research and published academic articles on a range of topics (psychology, sociology, health, education, sceptical inquiry) 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 pseudoscience and the paranormal, and how to help students avoid common mistakes when writing their assignments.

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