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Essay Writing

Essay Writing
A Student's Guide

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February 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Essay Writing is a student guide with a mission: to enable students to write better essays and get the grades they deserve by demystifying the essay-writing process.

MunLing Shields places essay writing within the larger university experience for students. In a clear and easy to understand way the author guides the reader through the process of writing successful university essays by looking at essay writing in the context of academic communication, academic culture and different learning styles and approaches. This book:

  • Helps students study more independently and learn more meaningfully to write better essays
  • Offers invaluable insights into the way tutors see essays
  • Explains why essays are set, and how to understand the rationale behind them
  • Demonstrates how best to approach answering the question.

This highly accessible book offers practical, in-depth guidance on each of the stages of the essay writing process - planning, drafting and editing - and relates them to the important sub-skills of information-gathering, reading academic texts, how to get the most out of lectures, referencing and citations, and fluency and appropriateness of style and language.

'An excellent guide for students new to writing essays at university' - David Ellicott, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice and Youth Studies, Nottingham Trent University

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Introduction: How to Use this Book

Learning and Writing at University

Answering the Essay Question

Planning Different Types of Essay

Acquiring Information

Assessing Information Critically

Managing Information

Citing Information

Paragraphing: the Introduction and Conclusion

Paragraphing: the Body of the Essay

Making it Flow

The Finishing Touches

Writing Exam Essays




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comprehensive text with lots of guidance for students at all levels to write in different formats

Miss Alison Clark
school of nursing, midwifery and physiotherpay, Nottingham University
December 8, 2010

I have recommended this book to students in the first and second years of the course and also post registration students,

at least two students expressed an intersest in purchasing ,
i will offer to the course management team this coming friday for possible inclusion in reading lists
i will also plan to mention the book to pre registration nurses during tutorials

Mr Mike Huntington
school of nursing and caring sciences, University of Central Lancashire
December 1, 2010

An excellent book recommended to all my students
Contains highly relevant content that will assist them with their work

Mr Sean Flanagan
Computing, Runshaw College
November 10, 2010

excellent support for essay writing skills suited to undergraduate study - easy to use and practical in the way it has been written

Mrs Penny Yates
School Of Education, Portsmouth University
July 15, 2010

Useful to offer to students new to writing academic asignments- I just wonder whether they would have the time! However, this is a good book to dip into, so it will be avaialble for all of my students to use!

Mrs Rebecca Ferriday
School of Education and Training, Cornwall College
July 14, 2010

useful text that details the ins and outs of academic essay writing

Mr Andrew Yorke
Institute of health and society, Worcester University
July 12, 2010

This should be read before embarking on a course where written work in essay form is required. A thorough explanation of how to present work and meet requirements.

Miss Julian Manuel
Education , Blackpool and the Fylde College
June 29, 2010

A very accessible book for students.

Dr Gary Jones
Sociology Department, Winchester University
June 25, 2010

An excellent practical guide for students new to essay writing and academic register.

Ms Annie Hand
Skills for Life, South Birmingham College
May 5, 2010

We will be recommending this books to all new students for the coming academic year. Particularly useful are the chapters on introduction and conclusion and the body of the essay. Students find essay writing really daunting especially those who are returning to study after a long break and this book will help them to understand what they need to do.

Mrs Pamela Egan-Wyer
Teacher Training, Bromley College of FE & HE
May 5, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One PDF