Top marks can not be guaranteed - but there are proven approaches and techniques which, when applied well, can help everyone to write good essays. The Second Edition of this `must have' guide builds on the success of the first with updated and expanded advice. Good Essay Writing provides answers to the key questions which need to be considered when preparing an essay. For example: What do tutors look for when marking essays? What kind of skills will be needed at different course levels? How can inadvertent plagiarism be avoided? What are the protocols for referencing?
Good Essay Writing shows you how to approach different types of essay question, provides detailed guidelines on the various ways of supporting and sustaining key arguments, addresses common worries, and provides concrete examples of good practice. Key points are encapsulated in easy to digest summaries.
Good Essay Writing is highly recommended for everybody studying social sciences wishing to brush up on their essay writing skills.
About the Author
Peter Redman has been teaching social science at The Open University for the last 25 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology.
Wendy Maples has been teaching in the Social Sciences for over 25 years. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary courses for the Open University, writing course texts in Social Science research methods and Environment, as well as learning development materials for students and teaching development materials for lecturers. Dr Maples is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Table of ContentsIntroductionWhat is a Social Science Essay?Stages of Writing, from Preparation to Final VersionMatching the Answer to the QuestionReading, Note-taking and Literature SearchesThinking Critically and Formulating an ArgumentWriting IntroductionsWriting the Main SectionWriting ConclusionsReferencingEssay-writing Skills and Other Forms of Social Science WritingSome Common WorriesWhat Tutors Look for When Marking EssaysExamples of Student Essays