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The Basics of Essay Writing




ISBN 9780415239998
Published August 14, 2004 by Routledge
128 Pages

 
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Book Description

Essay writing is an essential skill for students at all academic levels and the ability to produce clear, well-argued essays is key to good coursework and the vast majority of written exams. This book offers the new or under-confident essay writer all the guidance and advice they need to dramatically improve their skills and their grades.

The book opens with a discussion of why it is so important to write a good essay and then proceeds through a step-by-step exploration of exactly what students need to think about in order to improve. It contains help on how to:

  • focus on answering the question asked
  • research and plan essays
  • build and sustain an argument
  • improve writing style and tone.

Written in the author’s accomplished, student-friendly style, this guide is packed full of good advice and practical exercises. Students of all ages and in every subject area will find it an easy-to-use and indispensable aid to their studies.

Table of Contents

1. What’s the Point?  2. Start Writing  3. Answer the Question  4. Research and Planning  5. Make a Case  6. Beginnings, Middles, Ends  7. Plagiarism, Quotation, Reference  8. The Craft of Writing  9. Exam Essays  10. How to Improve Your Essay Writing

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'Nigel Warburton has compressed the essential points of essay writing skills into an amazingly small space ... His ideas and recommendations come thick and fast, and he doesn't dwell on anything for very long. The result is a highly concentrated series of tips, advice, and guidance on all aspects of academic writing ... Nigel Warburton is the principal author of a very successful Open University course on essay-writing skills. In fact (without knowing him in the slightest) I have been tutoring it for the last few years, and I have been repeatedly struck by the thoroughness of its approach. All the students who follow the course recommendations pass with flying colours.' - Mantex reviews