Writing Essays

£1.95

Writing essays made easy! Improve your essay writing skills – from analysing questions and creating introductions to submitting finished essays. This eBook covers reports, dissertations, and term papers. Learn how to develop your English grammar, clarify your thinking, and plan your writing.

 

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Writing essays made easy! Improve your essay writing skills – from analysing questions and creating introductions to submitting finished essays. This eBook covers reports, dissertations, and term papers. Learn how to develop your English grammar, clarify your thinking, and plan your writing. The book includes five sample essays on current affairs, history, philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. PDF format can be used on laptops, mobiles, and workstations. You can add your own notes and live hyperlinks to personalise your eBook and make it more interactive. This is a full length book for the price of a cup of coffee.

New design – stylish typography and layout – seventh edition

FULL CONTENTS

A brief review
Analyse the question – Generate ideas – Choose topics – Reading – Selection process – Put topics in order – Arrange material – Make changes – Finalise plan – First draft – Paragraphs – Revising draft – Editing.

A good essay
Answers the question – Clear structure – Appropriate style – Arguments supported by evidence – Shows clear thinking – Wide reading – Originality.

Abbreviations
Common abbreviations used in referencing sources and showing bibliographic details.

Analysing questions
How to recognise key terms and instruction terms in the question(s) you have been asked to answer.

Apostrophes
How to use the apostrophe correctly in contractions and the possessive case.

Bibliographies
How to create and present a list of the works you have used or quoted from in your essay.

Case agreement
How to create agreement between subjects and objects, and ensure consistency when using singulars and plurals.

Categorising
How to assess and organise the topics you are going to use in the construction of your essay plan.

Checking drafts
How to assess and organise the topics you are going to use in the construction of your essay plan.

Colons
The colon is used to introduce a list, or to separate two clauses. This shows how to do it.

Conclusions
A good conclusion should draw together and summarise all the arguments in your essay.

Dates
The commonly used system for referring to days, dates, and seasons in academic writing.

Endnotes
How to represent bibliographic information of works from which you have quoted, in a separate list of notes at the end of the essay.

Exam essays
How to produce essays under the pressure of limited time during an examination. Some tips and tricks.

Footnotes
How to represent bibliographic information of works from which you have quoted, in a separate list of notes at the foot of each page of the essay.

Generating ideas
How to create the ideas and the arguments for your assignment – free thinking and capturing data.

Instructions
An explanation of the terms commonly used in essay questions and instructions – and what they require from you in your answer(s).

Introductions
How to get an essay off to a good start. It must be relevant, and it should be short.

Jargon
How to recognise specialist language – and understand where it is appropriate – and when it is not.

Length of essays
How to stay within the word limit, and how to edit your work if you have exceeded the word count.

Line references
How to show references to quotations from plays and poetry.

Names
How to represent the names of people, organisations, places, and events in academic writing.

Narratives
How to deal with subjects which involve a ‘story of what happened’ (history, fiction) without getting lost in events.

Numbers
How to represent the numbers of things mentioned in an essay.

Paragraphs
How to create the structure and arrange the elements of an effective paragraph.

Plagiarism
How to understand plagiarism, and avoid it by acknowledging your sources.

Planning essays
Analyse the question – Generate ideas – Choose topics – Arrange order – Provide evidence – Make charges – Finalise plan – Check for relevance. Sample plan.

Presentation
How to maximise the visual impact of your essay by using margins, white space, headings, line-spacing, and emphasis.

Punctuation
The basic rules of punctuation, plus guidance on using marks such as the dash, hyphen, oblique stroke, and quote marks.

Punctuation
The basic rules of punctuation, plus guidance on using marks such as the dash, hyphen, oblique stroke, and quote marks.

Questions
Do not pose your answer in the form of questions. In fact do not raise questions in essays – unless you are going to answer them.

Quotations
How to quote from other people’s work in your essay – and how to make sure that your quotes are tied back accurately to bibliographical citations.

Reading
How to decide how much reading and research are required for background information to an essay assignment.

Relevance
How to decide on the relevance of your arguments in relation to the question you have been asked to answer.

Repetition
How to avoid repeating the same names (people and places) and key words in an essay.

Rewriting
How to improve the quality of your essay by editing and re-writing it before submission.

Semicolons
How to understand the semicolon and use it correctly. If in doubt, don’t use it.

Sentences
How to create simple and effective sentences. Follow the simple Subject – Verb – Object pattern of writing.

Signposting
Avoid heavy-handed signals of intent in your essay. Let your arguments speak for themselves.

Style
A plain and simple prose style will help you to avoid the problems of over-complicated writing.

Taking notes
How to take efficient notes when reading, listening to lectures, or watching videos. An example of a good set of notes.

Tenses
How to choose the right tense to discuss a text and describe events from the past.

Titles
How to show the titles of articles, journals, newspapers, magazines, films, and books in essays.

Tone
How to create a persuasive tone for an essay, which is engaging but not too personal.

Tutor comment
Learning from the comments a tutor may write on your essay. It’s valuable feedback.

Word-processors
How to use the power of a word-processor to improve the quality of your work.

Writer’s block
Seven effective techniques for getting words onto the page. Recognising the type of block. How to generate more text.

Sample essays
Four sample essays at different levels – on Government, Philosophy, Sociology, and Literary Studies.

Reference
Reviews of useful reference books for academic writing – with direct web links to Amazon.

Author

Dr Roy Johnson is the author of best-selling writing and study guides – Studying Fiction, Making the Grade, Improve your Writing Skills, Writing Essays 3.0, and several others. He was originally an industrial designer, then went on to lecture on literary studies at Manchester University and the Open University. He publishes a monthly newsletter on writing, culture, and technology, and is the director of Mantex Information Design.

Verdict

“My essay grades improved immediately” Isobel Smith [Open University]

Details

Price – £1.95 – 102 pages – PDF format – 1996-2011 – ISBN 0951984403

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