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A Student's Writing Guide
How to Plan and Write Successful Essays


  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729796
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  • Are you struggling to meet your coursework deadlines? Finding it hard to get to grips with your essay topics? Does your writing sometimes lack structure and style? Would you like to improve your grades? This text covers everything a student needs to know about writing essays and papers in the humanities and social sciences. Starting from the common difficulties students face, it gives practical examples of all the stages necessary to produce a good piece of academic work: • interpreting assignment topics • drawing on your own experience and background • reading analytically and taking efficient notes • developing your argument through introductions, middles and conclusions • evaluating and using online resources • understanding the conventions of academic culture • honing your ideas into clear, vigorous English. This book will provide you with all the tools and insights you need to write confident, convincing essays and coursework papers.

    • Achieve more focused writing by thinking analytically about the set topic
    • Produce more convincing arguments by learning to read critically and take effective notes
    • Feel more in control by using your own knowledge and experiences in your writing
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Gordon Taylor's guide provides students and academic language professionals with in-depth analytical strategies and well researched methods to handle a broad range of essay topics. Taylor's experience as a writer and as a teacher shines through every section of the book: a must for anyone interested in writing top grade essays.' Alex Barthel, President, Association for Academic Language & Learning, University of Technology, Sydney

    'This is an engaging, highly relevant book that shows how effective academic writing emerges from the process of taking an active, questioning approach to studying … It provides much practical help to confront the real problems experienced by student writers as they grapple with new concepts and learn how to create meaning and understanding through language within their disciplines …The book itself is an exemplary illustration of the good writing and clear thinking it aims to develop in its readers.' Kathy Harrington, Director, Write Now Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, London Metropolitan University

    'A wonderfully comprehensive guide to essay-writing, covering everything from the importance of initial reflection and research, to how to develop an effective argumentative style. The book itself is a model of clarity, and its friendly tone tells readers they are in very safe hands indeed.' Martin Crowley, Senior Lecturer, Department of French, University of Cambridge

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    12th Oct 2015 by Zamabheka123

    helps in writing of essays, it provides easy guidance to structure, lay out your arguments in a logical manner

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729796
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Reflection and Research:
    2. Reflection: asking questions and proposing answers
    3. Interpretation: reading and taking notes
    Part II. The Dynamics of an Essay:
    4. Introductions
    5. Middles
    6. Endings
    Part III. Language:
    7. You, your language and your material
    8. Analytical language 1: sentences
    9. Analytical language 2: rhetorical strategies
    10. Cohesion and texture
    11. Conventions of academic writing

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Communication Skills for Doctoral Students
    • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • Author

    Gordon Taylor, Monash University, Victoria
    Gordon Taylor is Honorary Research Associate at Monash University, Victoria: before his retirement he was Associate Professor and Director of the Language and Learning Unit in the Faculty of Arts. He was a pioneer in the development of content and discipline specific writing programmes for students in higher education. His many publications include The Student's Writing Guide for the Arts and Social Sciences (1989).

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