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Doing Essays and Assignments

Doing Essays and Assignments
Essential Tips for Students

April 2011 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides students with an insider's view of what tutors and professors are looking for when they set essays and assignments. As such it will be a vital purchase for any student seeking practical and effective guidance on how to write successful essays and other written assignments.

Both lively and authoritative in equal measure, Doing Essays and Assignments: Essential Tips for Students leads its readers through all of the skills that are required for the process of essay and assignment writing at a number of levels. Pete Greasley finds the perfect balance between a humorous style and a comprehensive approach, which highlights a wide range of specific practical tips that all students could benefit from.

The tips are backed up by a survey of tutors, which highlights the things that markers are really looking for in students' work, paying particular attention to areas in which students commonly struggle. Topics include:

  • planning, time management and deadlines
  • reading and researching the literature
  • writing introductions and conclusions
  • answering the question
  • critical analysis and argument
  • referencing
  • language, grammar and expression
  • avoiding plagiarism

This will be a must-have book for all university students. The book's clear organization and broad content have been developed from the survey of tutors and Greasley's own extensive teaching experience. As enjoyable as it is functional, Doing Essays and Assignments sets the essay writing process within a manageable structure that will prove a friend to students and markers alike.

Pete Greasley is a lecturer at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford.

Introduction: Why You Should Read This Book (and Keep It to Yourself…)
An Insight into the Marking Process
How to Impress and How to Distress Markers
Before You Start: Some Rules of the Game...
Getting Started… and Getting Finished
Reading and Researching the Literature
Introductions, Conclusions and Structure
What Was the Question again?
Critical Analysis, Perspective and Argument
The Greatest Source of 'Marker Distress': Language, Grammar and Expression
Referencing: An Academic Fetish for the Anally Retentive?
How Not to Present Graphs and Charts
Presenting Your Assignment: First Impressions Count
Feedback and Feed-forward
Appendix 1: A Sample Assignment  
Appendix 2: Writing Research/Project Reports  
Appendix 3: Critical Thinking and Sceptical Inquiry  

Good book, breaks down all the relevant information and pairs it with ' what not to do' tips.

Mrs Marcia Dewar
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
January 24, 2015

A simple but very accessible and informative book that addresses the key issues for studying and writing academic assignmnets

Ms Chloe Hale
Initial Teacher Training, Cornwall Adult Education Service
October 2, 2013

This is one of the books which will be recommended for our 2nd and 3rd years UG students in preparation for their dissertations.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
July 26, 2013

I've recommended it to all students through their reading list but for a few students, particularly the brighter ones who want to do better, I have strongly suggested that they buy it. It has a very honest approach and doesn't assume students know nothing as many skills books do.

Dr Pat Hill
School of Music, Humanities and Media, Huddersfield University
October 9, 2012

very helpful for all three years.
Particularly so for analysis and argument.

Ms Lorraine Ellames
Academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 27, 2012

A very realistic explanation for students. Echoed everything we tell students.

Ms Diane Vaukins
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
August 15, 2012

A student friendly guide that not only explains very adequately how to write for assessment but (crucially) how their work will be received and processed.

Mr Graham Harvey
School of sport, health and outdoor education, University of Wales, Trinity St David
July 9, 2012

After reading this book I felt it would be an essential resource for any student. It is informative and easy to follow which can sometimes be difficult when talking about writing skills.

It is full of handy tips and is highly amusing which for a text book is unusual but makes it easier to engage with.

This is an excellent book that is different from others that I have read and it provides a solid base of reference for academics. I would certainly recommend that it be added to every reading list and be marked as essential.

Miss Joyce Stebbings
HEALTH AND CARE, Southwark College
July 8, 2012

I have requested copies of this for the library and will be recommending Level 4 students use this excellent and accessible book. We often have mature students who haven't written an essay for many years and I think they would find this useful. The style is fun and witty and if the students take the advice it will certainly make marking a whole lot easier!

Dr Louise Platt
Ctr for Tourism,Consumer & Food Studie, Liverpool John Moores University
May 17, 2012

Highly entertaining though I am not sure we should be giving all our secrets away to students!

Ms Lorna McInulty
Unscheduled Care Division, University of Central Lancashire
May 3, 2012

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Pete Greasley

Pete Greasley is a Teaching Fellow in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University.  He has been marking student assignments for more years than he would care to remember, and not particularly enjoying it.  He has conducted research and published academic articles in psychology, sociology, health, and education, and has also written an introductory book on quantitative data anal­ysis. Research and teaching interests include psychological and social issues relating to health, sceptical inquiry relating to pseudo-science and the para­normal, and how to help students avoid common mistakes when writing their assignments.... More About Author

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