From first steps to final submission, this accessible guide takes students through each stage of the assignment-writing process and equips them with the skills they need to construct and develop convincing academic...Show More
From first steps to final submission, this accessible guide takes students through each stage of the assignment-writing process and equips them with the skills they need to construct and develop convincing academic arguments.
Concise and compact, it offers practical advice on forming ideas, structuring arguments and finding your academic voice. The authors, both of whom are experienced in working directly with students, also provide valuable guidance on a number of important subtleties in academic writing, including expressing reservations or enthusiasm in academic writing and using evidence to convey different viewpoints.
Applicable to different types of assignment, this is an essential resource for all undergraduates and postgraduates who are looking to communicate their arguments effectively and improve the quality of their academic writing.
- Helps students to construct rigorous and compelling arguments and present them effectively
- Includes sample assignment questions and extracts from real students' essays across a range of disciplines, including physiotherapy, linguistics and environmental science
- Shows students what tutors are looking for in a piece of academic writing
- Contains useful checklists and practical tips that students can apply to their own work
PART I: GETTING STARTED
1. Stages of the Task
2. What's the Task?
PART II: PUTTING IDEAS TOGETHER
3. Finding Out
4. Developing Your Ideas
5. What is Evidence?
6. Forming Your Argument
PART III: BUILDING YOUR ARGUMENT
7. Structuring an Argument
8. Using Paragraphs
9. Making the Argument Flow
10. Beginnings and Endings
PART IV: SHOWING YOUR ARGUMENT
11. Presenting Evidence
12. Communicating with the Reader
13. Finding your Academic Voice
PART V: FINALISING YOUR ARGUMENT.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Critical Thinking Skills Stella Cottrell
- Getting Critical Kate Williams
- Reading and Making Notes Jeanne Godfrey
- Dissertations and Project Reports Stella Cottrell
- Writing for University Jeanne Godfrey
- Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism Kate Williams, Mary Davis
- Skills for Success Stella Cottrell
- The Study Skills Handbook Stella Cottrell
- How to Write Better Essays Bryan Greetham
- Brilliant Writing Tips for Students Julia Copus
- Time Management Kate Williams, Michelle Reid