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Get a Better Grade
Seven Steps to Excellent Essays and Assignments

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August 2017 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Not sure how to start your essay or prepare for a presentation?  Worried about how to structure your report?  Questioning what a good assignment actually looks like?

With encouraging, jargon-free advice and a clearly defined seven-step plan to getting better grades, this book takes the fear out of academic writing and gives you the tools you need to succeed.  Punchy and packed with the dos and don’ts of good writing, it helps you improve your grades quickly and with minimal hassle.

Covering not just essays, but also group work, reports, reviews, research projects, journaling, and presentations, it provides effective tips on:

  • Defeating writers’ block
  • Identifying and using relevant sources
  • Planning and outlining strategies
  • Building arguments and providing evidence
  • Developing critical and analytical thinking
  • Cultivating writing style
  • Mastering presentation.

Focused on explaining and demonstrating the core requirements of academic assignments through detailed examples, this book provides all the support you need to build confidence and produce high-quality assignments. 

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university.

Chapter 1: Using the Literature
Chapter 2: Planning Your Essay
Chapter 3: Criticality: Rational Reflection
Chapter 4: Criticality: Critical Thinking
Criticality: Analytic Thinking
Chapter 5: Originality
Chapter 6: Presentation and Academic Conventions
Chapter 7: Other Forms of Assignment
Chapter 8: Oral Assignments: Lectures and Short Talks


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This text is a concise and readable beginning step to take towards becoming a competent and thoughtful assignment writer. The authors take time to explain useful, higher level concepts to readers, so they not only know what to do but also why they are doing it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn how to prep, analyse and write up work for their assessments.

Russell Delderfield
Academic Skills Advice, University of Bradford

This book would have really helped me as a recent graduate. The informative and clear instructional writing of the book makes it easy to follow and understand and serves as a great additional support to that already given at universities. 

Eleanor Hail
recent graduate of University of Leicester

This text is essential for students who are wanting to improve their grades. It delivers content that is easily understood and delivers vital information that the students can process and follow. The seven steps also helps the student to stay focused and enables them to demonstrate a deeper level of knowledge and understanding in their written work.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
December 15, 2017

An excellent resource for any student at any level. Helpful and simple to understand, this book is a goldmine of useful tips.

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
September 11, 2017

Students will only benefit from reading this book. A comprehensive guide to understanding how to produce good work.

Dr Colin Cameron
Department of Social Work and Communitie, University of Northumbria
September 5, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters


Mal Leicester

Mal Leicester is Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham. Mal has taught English in schools, Liberal Studies in Further Education, and Philosophy of Education and Adult Education in universities. She has also been a local authority advisor for Multicultural Education and Director of an antiracist community organisation. Before her retirement, Mal was professor of adult teaching and learning at the University of Nottingham. Since her retirement Mal has written a memoir of her beloved daughter’s remarkable life and death—Jane’s Journey: a Medical Story of Survival and Hope. More About Author

Denise Taylor

Dr Denise Taylor is an environmental and wildlife conservation professional with a focus on large carnivores, and in particular wild canids. She was awarded her PhD as a mature student in 2012 in the field of environmental education from the University of Nottingham.  Denise has written books and papers on environmental education and canid conservation, and more recently has been involved in education projects on badger conservation in the UK. As an entrepreneur, Denise is the owner and managing director of Bridge PR & Media Services Limited, where she also delivers educational workshops on marketing strategy, and writing content... More About Author

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