How to Write Essays and Assignments

Topics: Writing, Writing process, Writing style Pages: 237 (67703 words) Published: June 19, 2013
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How to write

Essays & Assignments
Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers

Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate Harlow Essex CM20 2JE England and Associated Companies throughout the world Visit us on the World Wide Web at: www.pearsoned.co.uk First published 2007 Rejacketed edition published 2010 © Pearson Education Limited 2007, 2010 The rights of Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers to be identified as authors of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without either the prior written permission of the publisher or a licence permitting restricted copying in the United Kingdom issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS. ISBN: 978-0-273-72695-1 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 13 12 1 1 10 09 Typeset in 9.5/13pt Interstate by 35 Printed and bound in Great Britain by Ashford Colour Press Ltd., Gosport The Publisher's policy is to use paper manufactured from sustainable forests.

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Contents
Preface and acknowledgements How to use this book
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Introduction
1 Why expressing yourself well in writing is important – how to develop your writing skills 3

What markers are looking for
2 What markers are looking for in your essays and assignments – how to identify the key elements required to meet markers’ expectations

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Getting started
3 Tackling writing assignments – how to get started
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Researching your topic
4 Effective academic reading – how to read efficiently and with understanding 5 The library as a resource – how to make the best use of the facilities 6 Note-making from texts – how to create effective notes for later reference 7 Thinking critically – how to develop a logical approach to analysis, synthesis and evaluation 41

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Writing the first draft
8 Academic writing formats – how to organise your writing within a standard framework 9 Planning writing assignments – how to organise your response to...
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