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This review is from: Reading, writing and reasoning (Open Up Study Skills) (Paperback)
This book is an updated edition of an already popular text. It is widely used by students and teachers in higher education to support their academic writing development. As a teacher of both undergraduate and postgraduate students I have found this a very useful resource for teaching aspects of academic writing.
The text first encourages the reader to engage actively with texts in order to make sense and use of what they are reading. Strategies for doing this are identified. Understanding the purposes of writing and how one goes about starting to construct one's own text are explored and a range of strategies are demonstrated. Throughout the text useful examples are given so that readers can see what a particular approach might look like. The authors are not prescriptive and offer a range of ways of starting and structuring writing. A section on grammar, punctuation and spelling deals very clearly with these necessary aspects of writing and issues of style are also addressed.
A chapter that I have found particularly useful is the one on citation and referencing, which demonstrates how a writer can build effectively on the ideas of others rather than scattering references through the text. How one builds arguments through a text is clearly demonstrated.
The clarity of this book is superb and it is useful for people just starting out with academic writing but also for more experienced writers who are aiming to write with greater clarity and effect.