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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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13 Dec 2005 1412920116 978-1412920117 Third Edition
Top marks can not be guaranteed - but there are proven approaches and techniques which can help everyone write good essays. The third edition of this indispensable guide builds on the success of the previous editions, offering fully updated and expanded advice in an even more accessible format. Good Essay Writing provides answers to the key questions which face students when preparing essays: 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 extensive use of worked examples including complete essays which are fully analysed and discussed. All of the key points are encapsulated in easy to digest summaries.

Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for everybody studying social sciences who want to brush up on their essay writing skills and achieve excellent grades.


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (13 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412920116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412920117
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 15 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb whatever your subject. 10 April 2007
By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for return students or undergraduates. 14 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide 8 April 2006
By A Customer
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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to dip into throughout a course 6 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
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
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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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have just returned to studying through an OU course on the Social Sciences. This guide has clear concise guidance on how to break down what is required from you when writing your assignments. It also tells you how to take relevant notes and helps you to really get yourself organised for preparing any work that you are undertaking.
Most of the advice given is available to me on the OU website, but in different places and formats. This has everything all in one easily accessible place. This book is proving invaluable to me and there are sections relevant to students studying at a higher and more indepth level than me.
This book is a wonderfully useful resource for students at all levels of study and has really helped me in my assignments.
Thank you sage & OU!!! :)
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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
Published 11 days ago by aflyingdiva
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT BOOK CAN FULLY RECOMEND
THIS BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME AND HAS PROVED INVALUABLE IT IS MY REFERENCE FOR USE IN MY ESSAYS A MUST FOR MY COURSE.
Published 1 month ago by elaine mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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
Published 1 month ago by G4bbi
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
Published 3 months ago by D. V. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for OU Social Sciences Students
I've been an OU social science student for a number of years, and still refer back to this book (even at level 3). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
For anyone who wishes to improve their social sciences essay writing this is an excellent resource to have, personally I use to dip into as and when needed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Masterofthelight777
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Because this book uses examples it is easier to recognise your own failings in essay writing. It also explains what an examiner/tutor will be looking for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacpierce
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book if you start writing Essays/Assignments again
I ordered a couple of different books and scanned the library for the best book to give to my graduate students, who have either no prior experience in writing essays or that was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexander Budzier
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I wish I had bought this before starting my study with the Open University, I am glad I have it now doing level 2, hope it helps with level 3 too
Published 11 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for some tips
great purchase for those new to Social Science essay writing, as I was. Picked up some useful tips and ideas and came if very useful throughout my degree course.
Published 12 months ago by Big Momma
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