Writing essays is a major part of many further education courses. In coursework assignments, dissertations and exams, a well-written essay can make the difference between a pass and a fail, and these essays provide you with the stepping stones that take you towards the degree, qualification and career that you desire. Nothing will expose your uncertainty or lack of knowledge more than a poorly written essay; what Essay Writing Skills does is let you know what is expected of you and how best to go about your research, thus allowing you to get on top of your workload quickly.
Essay Writing Skills offers practical and proven ways to maximise your success in all aspects of essay writing. From planning your first essay to assessing primary and secondary sources, it will help you to write in a systematic way that presents a convincing and academically sound argument. A comprehensive guide, it provides guidance and advice on good research techniques, grammar and accuracy, creating an essay plan and correctly citing your sources. It also includes a range of real life example essays and insider knowledge on how your essays are assessed, Essay Writing Skills is an indispensible source of advice, making the writing process clear and manageable to help you improve the quality of your written work.
Jacqueline Connelly has a wealth of experience of universities, including holding senior managerial posts at both Lancaster and Kent Universities. Patrick Forsyth is a consultant, trainer and writer. Mark Connelly, who wrote the foreword and contributed to the book is an author and a lecturer in Modern History at Kent University.
Section - ONE: Introduction: destination graduation Chapter - 01: New realities Chapter - 02: Future realities Chapter - 03: How to use this book Section - TWO: The academic essay: its nature and role Chapter - 01: What is an essay? Chapter - 02: Essay conventions Chapter - 03: The essay as assessed coursework Chapter - 04: Developing your academic skills through essay writing Section - THREE: The foundation for success Chapter - 01: Using clear language Chapter - 02: Detail that makes for good writing Chapter - 03: If your first language is not English Section - FOUR: Researching the content Chapter - 01: Deciding which topic to write on Chapter - 02: Understanding the essay title Chapter - 03: Gathering material and using bibliographies Chapter - 04: Developing your academic skills Chapter - 05: Making notes Chapter - 06: Using essay banks Section - FIVE: Preparing and writing Chapter - 01: A systematic approach Chapter - 02: When it all goes wrong Section - SIX: The structure and detail of an essay Chapter - 01: The introduction: making a good start Chapter - 02: The central content Chapter - 03: Referencing Chapter - 04: An appropriate conclusion Chapter - 05: Writing essays in examinations Chapter - 06: The purpose and form of a dissertation Section - SEVEN: Example essays and the art of learning from experience Chapter - 01: What your lecturer wants Chapter - 02: A checklist Chapter - 03: The nature of the examples Chapter - 04: An example of guidelines Chapter - 05: Examples Chapter - 06: Dealing with criticism Chapter - 07: A helping hand Chapter - 08: Top tips Section - EIGHT: Looking ahead Chapter - 01: The immediate benefits Chapter - 02: The wider world Chapter - 03: Areas of change Chapter - 04: Skills with ongoing benefit Chapter - 05: Applications in finding work and beyond Chapter - 06: Written communication in the workplace Chapter - 07: Ongoing development