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How to Write Better Essays (Palgrave Study Skills) [Paperback]

Bryan Greetham
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22 Feb 2008 0230224806 978-0230224803 2nd edition
Have you ever wondered why some people can produce a well-structured, relevant essay written in a style that seems to glide across the page with the minimum of fuss? Do you think some people simply have these skills, and others don’t, and that there is nothing we can do about it? This book just might change your mind. Addressing each landmark stage of the essay writing process, How to Write Better Essays teaches you how to… • analyse the question and break down difficult terms and concepts • brainstorm effectively and generate your own ideas • evaluate and criticise arguments • express your thoughts coherently and develop your own style of writing • plan and structure your essay from introduction to conclusion …and along the way, practical techniques show how to analyse, criticise, discuss and evaluate material, improve your style, revise your final draft and avoid plagiarism. This second edition features a unique troubleshooting section allowing you easily to locate solutions to your writing problems, additional chapters on paragraphs and style, and end of chapter summaries. In short, this book is the constant source of assistance and inspiration you need to tackle your essays with confidence!

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (22 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230224806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230224803
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'May I say that this is an excellent book, and has totally changed the way I study.' - Nick Barrow, Law Student

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A compulsory buy for anyone who is required to write essays on their course and who is committed to learning more about the craft of essay writing

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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!!! 16 April 2008
This book is worth its weight in gold for anyone who needs to write essays and I have recommended it to many of my friends. I have always been able to write decent enough essays, getting A grade GCSEs and A/ B grade Alevels, but my undergraduate essays never quite seemed to reach the top marks. I couldn't quite understand this though because I always got top marks for my scientific reports, literature reviews, and exams yet my essays never seemed to go above a 2:1. If I put in a huge amount of effort I would be able to reach a high 2:1, while hardly any effort would get me a low 2:1, I just couldn't seem to break out of it! That was until I read this book.

This book was an absolute delight to read. It is extremely well written, interesting and engaging. To be honest, I just couldn't put it down. It was as though everything clicked into place for me - I could see exactly where I'd been going wrong. The book breaks down the process of essay writing into steps starting from how to think about essay questions, how to make notes and read background material, right through to writing style and proof reading. It is broken down in a way which is easy to follow and apply. But more than just improving your essays, this book provides advise on how to think more creatively - so you can reach those 1st class grades. However good your essays currently are, Greethams book will undoubtedly improve them, and I would reccommend it to every undergraduate!

Before I read this book I always found essay writing a laborious and painful process which I usually procrastinated about and spent many days dreading having to actually get down and do. This book actually made the whole process of essay writing much more enjoyable, and actually much quicker.
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165 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best on the market 3 Oct 2002
As a teacher and journalist I am frequently asked by students to recommend a book on essay writing. This is the only book I recommend. Not only does Bryan Greetham take you through the steps of writing, he shows students how to think!!
This is something I have not come across in any other book of this kind.
His writing is clear, the structure of the book is helpful, the language is accessible. Top marks from me and my students.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
Okay, this book is excellent for those in higher education, i'm an undergrad myself. The book takes you through the whole process from reading into the question and finding out what it is exactly asking, then researching, planning, and structuring the essay. I cannot emphaise it enough this book is a must for those who want to excel, BUY THIS BOOK!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Students review 12 Nov 2005
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Hi I have always been able to write essays but not mater what approach I took to the essay I was never able to get top marks now after reading this book I have been able to improve my essays drastically. This book is pack full of informative and sound advice on how to raise your game and hit those high marks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only guide you need for essays 1 Jan 2008
By S. Yung
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Having been stuggling to find a good guide to essay writing my prayers were answered when i happen to stubble across this one. 'How to write better essays' is everything you need to know to write better essays from time management, researching, structure etc... Easy to read and filled with practical exercises to help build up your skills. Love this quide!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I call this book an essential student purchase because it gives an excellent breakdown of the interpretation, the planning, the researching and the writing of an academic essay but it is not a formula or a bible for writing the perfect essay.

I found that the book is more directed towards courses such as philosophy, sociology, history, business, and other similar courses where essays are based upon an argument or a discussion on concepts. My course is physiotherapy and a typical essay is not based upon concepts but medical facts which can not be argued, just described and evaluated.

However, regardless of what course you do, this book does provide excellent instruction on how to structure your essay, write notes during seminars, research your topic, write with an academic style and how to write introductions/conclusions that won't send your tutor to sleep.

On a whole I would recommend this book as an essential student purchase, but for medical students it is to be taken with a pinch of salt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me. 8 Oct 2007
By keely
This is a good book that is packed with useful advice that really makes a difference. We were told to buy a really useless book that was supposed to make you better at legal reasoning and essay writing but it was a total waste of time so I bought this book instead and it has really made my marks better. It was a bit dull in places and there could have been a bit more effort made to make the whole thing easier to follow but the results make it worth the effort of ploughing through it as you end up with all sorts of ideas about how to make your work better. It worked for me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 5 Feb 2009
The book is quite detailed. It is informative and helpful, particularly for mature aged students returning to further studies.
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This has definitely helped me in writing my university essays, it's simple to read, understand and apply to your own work.
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As a Study Skills Teacher, I've found this book to be very useful and effective to review my own practice.
Published 8 months ago by AY
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did what it says on the cover, helps you to write better essays, good tips and ideas to make then read better
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This book was very helpful for essay writing, helps with all aspects when writing an essay, fab, helpful, a must buy
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