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The Basics of Essay Writing : Basics - Nigel Warburton

The Basics of Essay Writing


Hardcover Published: 30th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415239998
Number Of Pages: 117

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The ability to write a clear, well-argued essay is absolutely crucial for students working at every academic level. As the basis for coursework and the vast majority of written exams, the essay is unavoidably at the heart of modern education. In i The Basics of /i i Essay Writing /i Nigel Warburton, bestselling author and experienced lecturer, provides all the guidance and advice you need to dramatically improve your essay-writing skills. br The book opens with a discussion of why it is so important to write a good essay, and proceeds through a step-by-step exploration of exactly what you should consider to improve your essays and marks. Within, you will find help on how to: br - Focus on answering the question asked br - Research and plan your essay br - Build and sustain an argument br - Improve your writing style and tone br Written in the author's accomplished, student-friendly style, i The Basics of Essay Writing /i 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.

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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

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
How to use this bookp. 3
Key pointsp. 4
What's the point?p. 5
Writing essaysp. 7
Writing is thinkingp. 8
Cultivate good habitsp. 9
Key pointsp. 11
Start writingp. 13
Overcoming psychological obstaclesp. 15
Avoid the weight of unfinished businessp. 17
Do something rather than nothingp. 18
Customise your approachp. 19
Take breaksp. 19
Less than perfect can be good enoughp. 20
Key pointsp. 21
Answer the questionp. 23
The worst mistakep. 25
Direct questionsp. 26
Instruction wordsp. 26
Key pointsp. 29
Research and planningp. 31
Discover what you need to knowp. 33
Use reading listsp. 33
Stop researching and write somethingp. 34
Think on paperp. 35
Use the Internetp. 36
Key pointsp. 37
Beginnings, middles, endsp. 39
Beginningsp. 41
Middlesp. 42
Endsp. 43
Key pointsp. 43
Making a casep. 45
Defend your conclusionp. 47
Paragraphs as units of thoughtp. 47
Use signpostsp. 48
Keep to the pointp. 49
Consider counterarguments/counterexamplesp. 50
Argue to a conclusionp. 50
Key pointsp. 51
Plagiarism, quotation, referencep. 53
Avoid plagiarismp. 55
Use quotation marksp. 60
Give clear references and a bibliographyp. 60
Key pointsp. 62
The craft of writingp. 63
Get the tone rightp. 65
Be economical with adjectivesp. 67
Punctuate effectivelyp. 67
Use the active voicep. 70
Avoid convoluted sentencesp. 71
Be concisep. 73
Avoid adverbsp. 73
Avoid clichesp. 74
Learn from others' clarityp. 75
Avoid these common mistakesp. 75
Avoid sexist languagep. 78
Spellingp. 79
Key pointsp. 82
The exam essayp. 83
Understand the genrep. 85
Be preparedp. 86
Use active revision techniquesp. 87
Coping with exam nervesp. 88
Read the questionsp. 90
Handwritingp. 90
Key pointsp. 91
Improving your writingp. 93
Rewriting and editingp. 95
Checklistp. 95
Learn from feedbackp. 96
Learn from other students' essaysp. 96
Eliminate bad habitsp. 97
Do you recognise yourself here?p. 98
Key pointsp. 108
Conclusionp. 109
Good luckp. 111
Bibliography and further readingp. 113
Bibliographyp. 115
Further readingp. 115
Internet resourcesp. 116
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ISBN: 9780415239998
ISBN-10: 0415239990
Series: Basics
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 117
Published: 30th March 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.91 x 13.46  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1