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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

Second Edition
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September 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Grappling with grammar?  Struggling with punctuation?

Whether you're writing an essay or assignment, report or dissertation, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students shows you how to improve the quality of your work at university – fast – by identifying and using the correct use of English grammar and punctuation in your academic writing.

Using tried and tested advice from student workshops, Alex Osmond shares practical examples that illustrate common mistakes, and shows you how to avoid them.  You’ll also discover guidance on:

  • Writing structure – the what and how of crafting sentences and paragraphs
  • Conciseness – how to express your point succinctly and clearly, showing you understand the topic
  • Effective proofreading – the importance of the final ‘tidy up’, so your work is ready to hand in
  • Referencing – common systems, and how to reference consistently (and avoid plagiarism).

This new edition also includes separate chapters on critical thinking and referencing, exploring each topic in more detail, and learning outcomes in every chapter, so you can identify what new skills you’ll take away.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Introduction: The Aims of this Book and How to Use It
Basic Conventions of Academic Writing
Basic Grammatical Concepts
Putting Sentences Together
Putting Paragraphs Together
Critical Thinking
Conciseness and Clarity
Common Mistakes and How to Deal With Them
Proofreading Effectively


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Visit the Online Resources page for extra materials to help with your academic writing:
  • Alex's blog posts on academic writing 
  • A set of videos where Alex talks through topics in covered in the book
  • A Facebook page sharing tips and advice.

A very clear text which covers many, if not all, of the key academic skills taught on this Access course. A valuable resource which could be useful throughout both FE and HE study.

Miss Josie Kemeys
Education , Gloucester College of Arts & Tech
August 21, 2015

My students have to write a 3000 essay at the end of their course. This will help with my planning for their learning for this.

Mrs Sarah Reynolds
Health , West Suffolk College
May 19, 2016

This text gives students a clear understanding on all aspects of academic writing. I can see the benefits from adopting this book already within their assignments.

Miss Ella Rachael Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
April 26, 2016

Very clear and concise. A good resource.

Amanda Burgess
Education , Workers' Educational Association
April 4, 2016

A great guide for students embarking on study in higher education. Very informative with good examples of structuring writing in an academic style.

Mrs lisa rebecca Fairclough
Educational Psychology , Lakes College
March 8, 2016

Excellent chapter on critical thinking and how to effectively integrate research into students' written work

Miss Lynda Juliet Fitzwater
Interdiscipline , University for the Creative Arts
March 8, 2016

A useful resource with clear layout to signpost the reader through the text. Key points are helpfully framed in each section to summarise the content.

Mr Paul McCreary
Department of Mental Health Nursing, Bucks New University
March 3, 2016

A great little book full of really useful guidance and clarification of key points to help and support learners through academic writing. A super starting point for any high level learner.

Mrs susan shercliff
teacher education , Tameside College
August 21, 2015

Teaching international student and guiding them in proper writing skills and good grammar.

Dr Habib Kassim
Acdemic Division, ERC Institute
August 27, 2015

This is extremely useful for students struggling with this aspect of academic writing. i allowed my personal tutees to use this recently and they rated it very highly, so much so that I haven't seen the copy for a while as it is in circulation somewhere.

Ms Deborah June Rowberry
College Of Human And Health Sciences, Swansea University
April 1, 2016

Alex Osmond

Alex Osmond has worked as an Academic Skills Adviser, helping to launch Brunel University's ever-expanding ASK service, and is now VLE Project Manager at the university. As part of these roles he has provided guidance to students both online and face-to-face, and students consistently praise the advice he has given, which has often translated directly into higher grades. Alex has also taught a wide variety of skills sessions across Brunel's degree programmes, working to develop online resources aimed at improving academic writing, and also co-managed the Study Skills Collection at Brunel University Library. Before working at Brunel, Alex... More About Author