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Mary Page , Carrie Winstanley
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17 July 2009 0470742909 978-0470742907 UK Edition
Do ever wish that you could write the perfect university essay? Are you left baffled about where to start? This easy–to–use guide walks you through the nuts and bolts of academic writing, helping you develop your essay–writing skills and achieve higher marks. From identifying the essay type and planning a structure, to honing your research skills, managing your time, finding an essay voice, and referencing correctly, Writing Essays For Dummies shows you how to stay on top of each stage of the essay–writing process, to help you produce a well–crafted and confident final document. Writing Essays For Dummies covers: Part I: Navigating a World of Information  Chapter 1: Mapping Your Way: Starting to Write Essays Chapter 2: Identifying the essay type Part II: Researching, Recording and Reformulating Chapter 3: Eyes Down: Academic reading  Chapter 4: Researching Online Chapter 5: Note–taking and Organising your Material  Chapter 6: Avoiding Plagiarism                                                              Part III: Putting Pen to Paper   Chapter 7: Writing as a process   Chapter 8: Getting Going and Keeping Going                                           Part IV: Mastering Language and Style      Chapter 9: Writing with Confidence Chapter 10: Penning the Perfect Paragraph         Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice                                                                 Part V: Tightening Your Structure and Organisation Chapter 12: Preparing the Aperitif: The Introduction    Chapter 13: Serving the Main Course: The Essay’s Body                Chapter 14: Dishing up Dessert: The Conclusion                             Chapter 15: Acknowledging Sources of Information                                  Part VI: Finishing with a Flourish: The Final Touches Chapter 16: It’s all in the detail                               Chapter 17: Perfecting Your Presentation            Chapter 18: The afterglow                                      Part VII: Part of Tens    Chapter 19: Ten Tips to Avoid Things Going Wrong    Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Make Your Essay Stand Out

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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: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,041 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a dummy any longer 30 Jun 2010
By jena
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Writting Essays for Dummies 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Demystifies essays 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 4 Aug 2013
By AY
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!! 25 April 2010
By Sam
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I love this book. It is packed with useful easy to read information and brilliant ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to write a good essay 13 May 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Education 29 April 2014
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I am currently going through an open university course, this book has helped me greatly, a simple layout allows you to get the right info for the right essay. A must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 25 April 2014
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This book is very good and extremely useful. It was in excellent condition, very good quality and good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Essay Writing Book Ever
This book explains everything. Gives checklists on what to include in each section, explains terms, and tells you what to avoid doing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Michelle Dawn Fleming
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Great, it has helped immensely
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i have always battled with writing a good essay. This book explains everything. Fantastic
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I found this useful, it gives a more of understanding to writing essays, gives good notes, the lay out was very good, nice colours used throughout
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Ok not quite saved my life but just a great helpful book which has helped me as a mature student to write essays for university, great tips, easy to read. Read more
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Very happy with this book and it has really helped me out when it comes to doing my essays. I would definitely recommended this to anyone who is in university or studying.
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