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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK Edition edition (17 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470742909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470742907
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn the secrets to handing in excellent essays

Good essay–writing never goes out of style and Writing Essays For Dummies shows you how to do it. This accessible, step–by–step guide breaks the task into manageable chunks, covering everything from organising your time and gathering ideas to researching, structuring and editing an assignment. You′ll soon be writing essays that stand out from the crowd every time.

  • The crucial preparation stages get organised, get started and keep your work on track
  • The nuts and bolts of the writing process make the most of your time when you plan, read, research and take notes
  • Simple steps to developing flawless style take some grammar, add a pinch of your own voice and pen the perfect paragraph
  • Beginning, middle and end put all the elements together to craft an assignment with flair
  • Sweating the small stuff edit your English, perfect your layout and prepare for your next assignment

Open the book and find:

  • How to get started and plan your time wisely
  • What your tutor expects from you
  • The best way to work through your reading list
  • The secrets of effective note–taking
  • The fundamentals of good grammar
  • How to structure and shape your essay
  • Tips on hitting your deadlines with time to spare
  • All you need to know about referencing and plagiarism
  • Where to turn if you get a lower mark than you expected

Learn to:

  • Craft a first–class essay from start to finish
  • Organise your time researching, reading and writing effectively
  • Polish your writing style and find your own voice
  • Master the skills you need to tackle each assignment confidently

About the Author

Mary Page teaches English for Academic Purposes and essay–writing skills at the University of Southampton.

Dr Carrie Winstanley is a Principal lecturer in Education at Roehampton University. Carrie was recently named one of the Top 50 university teachers in the UK by the Higher Education Academy.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jena on 30 Jun. 2010
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Having been trying and failing to get to grips with essay writing I turned to this book. What an excellent book this is. Everything is explained in easy terms, no detail of the essay-writing process has been left to chance. How I wish I had bought this before I started Open University instead of part way through my courses. I would consider this book to be essential for anyone having trouble with essays, it has certainly improved my writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Mcewan on 1 Feb. 2010
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Easy to understand, It was easy to follow and make changes in my essay writting style, Book arrived in good condition and on time.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anony Mouse on 18 Feb. 2011
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I haven't had to go through the whole book yet as I'm not that far along with my essay writing however I feel I've read enough to warrant writing a review. As a bit of background, I haven't had any formal education since GCSE's over 12 years ago and I'm just beginning an OU course in humanities.

So far I'm very impressed overall with the book. I've not had to write an essay before and I feel the book has demystified the process of writing an essay by explaining clearly what an essay is/isn't and how to write one. It's full of easy tips to follow and I feel has helped me a lot.

The only drawback I would say the book has is that it in the beginning it reassures the reader a lot that the reader can do well in their undergraduate degree because after all, the reader has obviously won a place at University on their merits. However if you're at the Open Uni this isn't quite true so it's not very reassuring!

I would recommend buying this book.
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By Flash on 20 Feb. 2015
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If you have no idea how to write an essay or do know but want to brush up on your skills then BUY THIS BOOK!

The "For Dummies" series take potentially complicated topics and break them down so they are easier to understand. This book is no exception. Very helpful and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is studying.

It’s boosted the (essay writing) confidence of a girl who would’ve normal run away crying after been given an assignment. Wish I had bought this book soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AY on 4 Aug. 2013
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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.
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By Wonky Donkey on 22 April 2015
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I bought this book because I began foundation level study as an adult learner and its been a very long time since I did any academic writing at all. As I got into the book, I realised that I have probably done NO academic writing at all. Its a great book that's carrying me well all the way to my essay date.
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I have a couple of books in this range and both are perfect for beginners. The writing essay is in layman terms and very easy to read. Not having studied for several years this book has been invaluable. I can recommend this book as I am very pleased with the contents.
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By V15 on 12 Feb. 2015
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I like the "Dummy" books, they are very easy to read and understand and this book is no exception.
From a brief glance I can tell it will certainly help me compose essays and assignments, so have no hesitation in recommending.
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