Essay Writing: A Student's Guide

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SAGE, Feb 16, 2010 - Social Science - 240 pages

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Essay Writing is a student guide with a mission: to enable students to write better essays and get the grades they deserve by demystifying the essay-writing process.

MunLing Shields places essay writing within the larger university experience for students. In a clear and easy to understand way the author guides the reader through the process of writing successful university essays by looking at essay writing in the context of academic communication, academic culture and different learning styles and approaches. This book:

  • Helps students study more independently and learn more meaningfully to write better essays
  • Offers invaluable insights into the way tutors see essays
  • Explains why essays are set, and how to understand the rationale behind them
  • Demonstrates how best to approach answering the question.

This highly accessible book offers practical, in-depth guidance on each of the stages of the essay writing process - planning, drafting and editing - and relates them to the important sub-skills of information-gathering, reading academic texts, how to get the most out of lectures, referencing and citations, and fluency and appropriateness of style and language.

'An excellent guide for students new to writing essays at university' - David Ellicott, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice and Youth Studies, Nottingham Trent University

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!


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How to Use this Book
1 Learning and Writing at University
2 Answering the Essay Question
3 Planning DifferentTypes of Essay
4 Acquiring Information
5 Assessing Information Critically
6 Managing Information
7 Citing Information
the Body of the Essay
10 Making it Flow
11 The Finishing Touches
12 Writing Exam Essays
Concise Grammar Glossary

the Introduction and Conclusion

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About the author (2010)

MunLing Shields is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. She has extensive experience of teaching personal development and study skills and supporting students with their writing in a wide range of subjects.

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