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Mastering Academic Writing

Mastering Academic Writing

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December 2018 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Focusing on research-related assignments, this book helps you navigate the potential pitfalls of academic writing through the experience of students who face the same challenges you do. Packed with hands-on exercises and insightful feedback, this workbook gives you the practice you need to fine tune your academic writing.

Using their years of experience coaching students, the authors help you to:

  • Develop and hone arguments
  • Organise and interpret source material
  • Write effective research proposals
  • Follow academic conventions with confidence
  • Complete collaborative writing projects.

Perfect for anyone transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees, Mastering Academic Writing provides the skills, tips, and tricks you need to move beyond the basics of academic writing and meet the new expectations of further study. 

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Chapter 1: Developing an Argument
Chapter 2: Focusing a Research Topic
Chapter 3: Entering the Academic Conversation: Integrity When Using Sources
Chapter 4: Writing a Literature Review
Chapter 5: Using Voice to Make Your Mark
Chapter 6: Preparing a Scholarship Proposal
Chapter 7: Writing about Data
Chapter 8: Writing Collaboratively


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The case format establishes a narrative arc to each chapter to engage students in the chapter contents. Real student experiences give the text credibility and ground the advice about writing in real contexts. The focus on writing processes, advanced academic genres, and revision make this book an excellent choice for undergraduates and masters students across the disciplines.

Roger Graves
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta

German and international students alike will benefit from a well-structured, case-orientated and thus easily relatable approach that the book follows.
Students at proficiency level B2 and above that I encounter in the EGAP and ESAP courses at the Ruhr University in Bochum are very likely to have struggled with similar challenges in writing for academia to the ones used as examples in the book. For this reason, I am convinced that numerous tasks aimed to reflect and revise one's writing practice should prove of great relevance and usefulness mostly due to their transferable character.

Ms Anna Soltyska
Zentrum fuer Fremdsprachenausbildung ZFA, Ruhr-University Bochum
November 27, 2018

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Boba Samuels

Dr. Boba Samuels holds a PhD in Education. She has taught writing at Western University, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Toronto. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, disciplinary writing, rhetorical genre studies, and writing centre administration. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. More About Author

Jordana Garbati

Dr. Jordana Garbati holds a PhD in Education and an MBA. She has over 10 years experience teaching writing to undergraduate and graduate students at Canadian universities. Her areas of interest include business writing and communication, blog writing, and French and English as additional languages. She lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. More About Author

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