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Essay Writing

Essay Writing
A Student's Guide

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March 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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

In contextualizing essay writing within the larger university experience – communication, the academic culture, different learning styles and approaches and learning and teaching at university, this book helps students to study more independently, learn more meaningfully and to write first-class essays. Essay Writing explains why essays are set and demonstrates how best to approach them.

The 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, fluency and appropriateness of style and language. This is an easy to use, practical book designed to help students hone their essay writing skills and get the grade they deserve.

Introduction: How to Use this Book

Learning and Writing at University

Answering the Essay Question

Planning Different Types of Essay

Acquiring Information

Assessing Information Critically

Managing Information

Citing Information

Paragraphing: the Introduction and Conclusion

Paragraphing: the Body of the Essay

Making it Flow

The Finishing Touches

Writing Exam Essays




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'An excellent guide for students new to writing essays at university'

David Ellicott, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice and Youth Studies, Nottingham Trent University

A really useful guide to help students master an essential skill, with practical tips and guidance to make student assignments a little more accessible.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 5, 2018

Very clear and supportive guidelines on how to improve essay writing. Many students have commented on its accessibility.

Mr Mathew Tobin
School Of Education, Oxford Brookes University
August 5, 2015

This is a really helpful book for students returning to education, preparing for Higher Education. It equips them with all the essential skills of planning, writing and referencing.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
April 27, 2015

good for undergrads

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

The book covers the skills needed for essay writing and is well illustrated with examples. I felt that it was too long to be of great appeal to students who tend to want a short, sharp introduction and lots of very practical, immediately applicable methods.

Dr Mark Widdowson
School of Nursing, Salford University
November 26, 2013

This is one of the books which will be recommended for our 2nd and 3rd years UG students in preparation for their dissertations.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
July 26, 2013

It gives me pleasure to write to you. I thank you for supporting me by (Essay Writing )book ,i am keen on reading this book, i think could finish it today and i will thank you again for your effort and the opportunity that you give it to me and for this interesting book that full of benefits , it will help my students.

Dr. Mona S. El-Kutry

Specific Education Faculty-Ain Sams University, Cairo


Dr Mona El-kutry
Home Economics, Specific Education Faculty-Ain Sams University
November 27, 2011

A very easy to read, valuable and helpful resource especially for under graduate foundation degree students.

Mr Jamie Oxley
Faculty of Sport, Media & Creative Arts, University College St Mark & St John
June 22, 2011

I would recommend this to individual students who were struggling with this aspect.

Ms Catherine Radford
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
January 13, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One PDF