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Doing Essays and Assignments

Doing Essays and Assignments
Essential Tips for Students

Second Edition
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August 2016 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Have you ever been stunned by a low grade, when you were expecting an A or B? 

Are you struggling to make the jump from a second to a first? 


Doing Essays and Assignments gives you an insider’s view on what tutors and professors really want when they assign essays and projects, and reveals how you can raise your game and achieve the best grades.


Drawing on a survey of lecturers, and examples of real student work, this handy guide provides practical advice to help you not only understand what is expected of you, but also get ideas on how to deliver what your tutor is looking for.  Providing a behind-the-scenes look at marking, find out how you can successfully craft the perfect written assignment, and discover tips and techniques on:

  • Planning and deadlines, helping you manage your workload effectively
  • Gaining higher marks through critically formed arguments
  • Communicating clearly with the correct language, grammar, and expression
  • Avoiding common marking pitfalls such as referencing and plagiarism.

This new edition also reveals how to successfully navigate group work, literature reviews, and presentations to improve your grades.  With valuable insight from tutors, and practical tips to apply to your work, you might just want to keep this book to yourself…!

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!

An insight into the marking process
How to impress and how to distress markers
Before you start, some rules of the game
Getting started . . . and getting finished
Reading and researching the literature
Introductions, conclusions, and structure
What was the question again?
Critical analysis, perspective and argument
The greatest source of 'marker distress': language, grammar and expression
Referencing - an academic fetish for the anally retentive?
How not to present graphs and charts
Presenting your assignment: first impressions count
Feedback and feed-forward
Writing research/project reports
Doing a Systematic Literature Review
Presentation: A fate worse than death?
Group project work (or 'hell is other people')


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Excellent. Quirky and easy to read with humour and excellent tips for improving academic skills. The chapter on referencing is particularly good and will be a favourite for all learners.

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
July 29, 2016