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Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (Published in association with The Open University) [Paperback]

Peter Redman
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1 Mar 2001 0761972056 978-0761972051 Second Edition
`If only this book had been available when I was a student it is fair to say my life would have been a lot easier and I would have saved myself a lot of time, effort and grief. This is an easy book to read and contains all the relevant information for the student who has the onerous task of essay writing' - Accident and Emergency Nursing

Top marks can not be guaranteed - but there are proven approaches and techniques which, when applied well, can help everyone to write good essays. The Second Edition of this `must have' guide builds on the success of the first with updated and expanded advice. Good Essay Writing provides answers to the key questions which need to be considered when preparing an essay. For example: What do tutors look for when marking essays? What kind of skills will be needed at different course levels? How can inadvertent plagiarism be avoided? What are the protocols for referencing?

Good Essay Writing shows you how to approach different types of essay questions, provides detailed guidelines on the various ways of supporting and sustaining key arguments, addresses common worries, and provides concrete examples of good practice. Key points are encapsulated in easy to digest summaries.

Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for everybody studying social sciences wishing to brush up on their essay writing skills.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761972056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761972051
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Peter Redman has been teaching social sciences at the Open University for over 15 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is currently a Lecturer in Sociology.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb whatever your subject. 10 April 2007
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I'm currently studying for an MA - but not now within the Social Sciences as this book is aimed for! My MA started in Social Sciences and moved to another subject area; however this book has helped me with all of my essays.

Although I'm studying with the Open University I would recommend this book for all students - and also at degree level. What Redman has done is tailor for all institutions then added a small section for all OU students at the end of each chapter.

The chapters are easy to follow and I would suggest flicking through it once but then dipping in and out of it as necessary. He covers topics such as:

* What tutors look for when marking essays

* Matching the answer to the question

* Stages of writing

* Writing each part of the essay

* How to reference

* Examples are also included.

These are just a few of the sections covered and the appendices all has in it areas such as what to do when you get your essay back. The layout is very similar to a report; each chapter has sub-sections which are numbered and bulleted.

I'm not particularly academic and essay writing does not come easily to me, yet this book really has changed how I write my essays.
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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for return students or undergraduates. 14 April 2001
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Whilst the subject matter is not the most exciting this book is written in an engaging and easy style that encourages you to read on. It is a mine of useful hints and tips with essay examples. The book includes useful appendices including information on referencing which covers details on referencing from 'new media' which is becoming increasingly popular. There is a slant towards Open University students with seperate information boxes dedicated to OU students however the information and advice will be invaluable to all students at all levels. I would advise keeping this book to hand to use as a quick reference guide when you have your next essay to write.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide 8 April 2006
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I bought this book and read it before starting an OU Degree in Pychology starting with Social Sciences DD121. Fantastic - I have not formally studied for years and years - this book has rested some fears, made good sense, had good balance, and well presented.
Just 1 BUT! I did not understand a word of essay 1 - I guess I have some work to do!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cehcklist for good writing 13 Mar 2011
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This is a brief but comprehensive guide to good academic writing. It will be particularly useful for OU students, those of us who are unused to the demands of academic writing, those who are returning to education and anyone who lacks confidence in their writing abilities.

As a stranger to referencing, I found the sections on how to create a bibliography/ reference list very helpful.

There are examples of 'good' and 'bad' writing and on how to structure and develop each section of your assignment. The author gives useful advice about how to develop, present and evidence an argument.

Cautionary note: it is not a book 'about' social science nor will it write an assignment for you.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to dip into throughout a course 6 Jun 2004
I'm doing a psychology course with the OU and this is one of the recommended books for DSE212.
It's very useful to get your hands on before starting your course so you can skim read most of it. It's not important that you remember everything in it, you just need to know where to find useful bits of info later in the course.
It's an excellent resource.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I dont often write reviews but after recieving a 100% for my last asssignment by using this book, i thought i must write something. (My previous grades had ranged from 70-85%, so this was an incredible jump which i could never have dared hope for. In all of my assignments i knew my subject and was familiar with the various studies, but structuring and knowing how to put it all together is a different ballgame altogether. This is where Redman's book comes in.

This book was recommended to me by my tutor and every time i've gone through it, i'm always taking something new. It was the example of a top level essay that clinched my grade for me. Seeing a practical example on how to pull all the different essay components put together really helped me to pick out the faults in my assignments. I sat there for hours in the library going through that essay and trying to work out how the writer organised the information in each parapragh. It makes the planning and actual essay writing so much simpler when you have something like that to go refer back to.

I'm not going to go on about whats included in each chapter (i think the previous reviwers have already done that) but if you are seriously committed to developing your essay-writing skills, this book is an absolute must. You could just flick through the chapters if you want, but in order to get top marks, my advice would be to set aside some time to really break down the examples provided.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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So many new students, whether young or mature, are taking new courses where there are formal essay requirements.

99% of such students cannot write an essay according to markable academic criteria; but they think they can.

Unfortunately the standard we all produced in school is not good enough for formal academic work.

This books is legendary in the open university and it has been available as the gospel work to other academic institutions for some time now.

It does go a little too far in pursuing the golden prize; but its easy to ignore that part.

This will get you extra points in your assignment.
Follow the guidance and get those free extra marks!
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Excellent book, I struggled with my essays for my psychology degree but after reading this book it helped me understand the essay contents and my marks and feedback improved, would... Read more
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This is handy buy if you are new to, or coming back to academic study after a long time off. I pompously imagined when I bought it that I would know everything in it and that it... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding essays second time round!
This book was recommended by my OU tutor and I have found it invaluable in describing each element of the essay structure. Read more
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This book is extremely helpful when writing social science essays. Each chapter explains a different aspect of essay writing and is probably more useful to the first or second... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Essay Writing
I used this when studying for an important exam and I passed so what more can I say. It was very helpful
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