I have returned to Uni and went via access route for medicine. The Uni access college recommended this book and seeing as I hadn't written an essay in over 10 years I would say this book was totally essential. You don't have to read it cover to cover if you don't want to, you can just jump to the are you know you need some guidance with. The approach of the book is good giving you reasons as to why you should follow their layout. My academic essays improved quickly with this book and also the confidence with writing them and the speed for the process of writing an essay, I think it would have taken me longer without it.