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Build Your Argument

Build Your Argument

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March 2021 | 124 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Trying to make sense of making an argument? This straightforward book breaks down how to build a convincing argument for any type of assessment.

  • Find out what an academic argument is – and what it is not
  • Develop a toolkit for structuring an argument effectively
  • Learn how to use evidence and counterarguments to back up your position.

Super Quick Skills provides the essential building blocks you need to succeed at university - fast. Packed with practical, positive advice on core academic and life skills, you’ll discover focused tips and strategies to use straight away. Whether it’s writing great essays, understanding referencing or managing your wellbeing, find out how to build good habits and progress your skills throughout your studies.

  1. Learn core skills quickly
  2. Apply them right away and see results
  3. Succeed in your studies and in life

Super Quick Skills gives you the foundations you need to confidently navigate the ups and downs of university life.

1. What is an argument?
2. Where do I start?
3. How do I generate ideas?
4. What is MY argument?
5. How do I structure my argument?
6. How do I support my argument?
7. How do I deal with counter-arguments?
8. How do I write a good argument?
9. What makes a killer conclusion?
10. How do I do better next time?


A Super Quick Skills Video
Watch our Super Quick introduction to building arguments with author Dave Rush. 
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Webinar: Build Good Arguments
Watch the recording of How to Understand and Produce Good Arguments at University with Dave Rush. In this practical webinar, hosted by JS Group, Dave uses real-world examples and provides tried-and-tested advice to help you develop your argumentation skills, whatever context you find yourself in.

An ideal little book for use in 1-2-1 academic skills support sessions with students. Some useful activities that prompt students to have-a-go and encourage independent study skills. I love the 'Everything is in this book' contents summary pages which are a great way of helping students consider and choose relevant sections.

Professor Wendy Slade
Academic Development, Weston College
August 10, 2022

Not found it very useful

Professor Jovana Jezdimirovic Ranito
University College Twente (ATLAS program), Twente University
July 5, 2021

difficult to access the electronic version

Mrs Jackie Ford
Care & Health Directorate, North Warwickshire And Hinckley College
March 4, 2021

Excellent additional resource for students embarking upon academic study or for those wishing to develop their academic skill set further.

Ms Clair Rees
Health, Social and Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College
January 5, 2021