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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

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September 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Grappling with grammar?  Struggling with punctuation
?  Whether you're writing an essay or assignment, report or dissertation, this useful guide shows you how to improve the quality of your work at university – fast – by identifying and using the correct use of English grammar and punctuation in your academic writing.

Using tried and tested advice from student workshops, Alex Osmond shares practical examples that illustrate common mistakes, and shows you how to avoid them.  You’ll also discover guidance on:

  • Writing structure – the what and how of crafting sentences and paragraphs
  • Conciseness – how to express your point succinctly and clearly, showing you understand the topic
  • Effective proofreading – the importance of the final ‘tidy up’, so your work is ready to hand in
  • Referencing – common systems, and how to reference consistently (and avoid plagiarism).

This new edition also includes separate chapters on critical thinking and referencing, exploring each topic in more detail, and learning outcomes in every chapter, so you can identify what new skills you’ll take away.

Personal tips and advice direct from Alex Osmond
For access to additional resources and one-to-one advice from Alex, 'like' his Facebook page Academic Writing and Grammar for Students.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

 
Introduction: The Aims of this Book and How to Use It
 
Basic Conventions of Academic Writing
 
Basic Grammatical Concepts
 
Putting Sentences Together
 
Putting Paragraphs Together
 
Critical Thinking
 
Referencing
 
Conciseness and Clarity
 
Common Mistakes and How to Deal With Them
 
Proofreading Effectively

Supplements

Academic Writing Facebook page
Visit the author’s Facebook page for additional tips and one-to-one advice
SAGE Study Skills hub

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

Referencing academic research
In this blog post, Alex Osmond discusses the challenges students face when referencing academic research within the field. 
Asserting your academic voice
In this blog post Alex Osmond discusses the challenges students face when asserting their academic voice. 
Academic Writing Video
In this video Alex Osmond talks about the motivations behind writing his book, what makes it unique, and how it will help students from a wide range of subjects improve their academic writing.
Common Mistakes
This video guides you through some of the most common mistakes found in student essays and how to correct them.
Conciseness and clarity
This video tackles one of the most challenging aspects of academic writing: keeping things short, simple and clear.
Conciseness and clarity
In this blog post Alex discusses expletive constructions.

Osmond's Academic Writing and Grammar for Students is a clear and practical learning resource for all in higher education who are keen to develop their writing skills. With well-defined learning outcomes supported by accessible content and sound examples, it offers a lively, engaging guide to enhancing the quality and clarity of students' writing. Now in its second edition, Osmond's book offers a usefully expanded chapter on critical thinking, plus updated suggestions for further reading.

Dr Kate Daniels
Cambridge University

This is an excellent text for both UK and international students at all levels and in a variety of subject areas. It gives valuable advice on how to put sentences and paragraphs together in a meaningful way. For students who find it difficult to get their ideas down on paper, this book provides some excellent strategies and techniques to overcome this challenge.

Ruth Hewston
University of Worcester

There are lots of books on correct usage of English, but where this book distinguishes itself from the rest is its focus on academic writing. As well as perhaps obvious (to teachers) advice to avoid emotive language in essays, the book contains information on sentence structure and other aspects of grammar.   What is especially good is that the examples are all taken from academic writing in different subject areas. In addition, the book is easy to read because it has a simple two-colour format with clear headings.

Terry Freedman
Digital Education

This text continues to be useful for students who have not studied for several years, giving them confidence to develop their writing at level 7.

Miss Christine Ann Lewis
Professional Development , Edge Hill University
December 2, 2016

Very good book. Excellent for undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Mr David lawson
Faculty Of Health, Edge Hill University
November 25, 2016

This text explains academic writing in simple form so that students embarking on a university course will be able to follow it with ease.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
November 17, 2016

An excellent resource for students when focusing on their written work

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
November 1, 2016

A well structured guide giving the student (particularly mature, returners) a sound base from which to begin their academic journey.

Ms Clair Rees
Health, Social and Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College
September 11, 2016

Clearly written with easy to understand examples

Mrs Kate Hutson
Child Studies, York College
September 1, 2016

Academic writing and Grammar for Students provides a good practical approach to addressing common errors, as well as tools and techniques for improvements.
Particularly useful for return to learning students.

Mrs Cecilia Joseph
Department of Social Work, Bucks New University
August 9, 2016

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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students: Introduction


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