Get Great Marks for Your Essays, Reports, and Presentations

Get Great Marks for Your Essays, Reports, and Presentations

Get Great Marks for Your Essays, Reports, and Presentations

Get Great Marks for Your Essays, Reports, and Presentations

Synopsis

Fully revised in response to readers' suggestions, this student guide now includes extensive coverage of online resources, tips for the best uses of computer tools, and guidance on how to pitch to the audience Updated to include new technologies available for writing and research , this guide tells students all they need to know to write successful essays and reports and create attention-grabbing presentations in the social sciences and humanities. Any student who is not sure how to begin writing, or who finds that they have four assignments and only four weeks to go before the deadline, will find help here. Readers will learn the rules of the essay writing game: how to muckrake for information, write drafts, handle references, and do analysis. They will discover where they win and lose marks, learn how to take the right short cuts, and make the most of their time.

Excerpt

Despite much change in tertiary education, essays remain a constant in student life. For those new to writing tertiary-level essays, or those wanting to improve their essay technique, this book provides a short and accessible guide packed with essential hints and practical advice on how to write essays that get great marks.

It is timely to produce a third edition, given that over the decade since the second edition we have seen the rise of Google, Wikipedia, and online learning. An increased emphasis by universities on the academic skills development of students has been a welcome advance, and has necessitated the addition of new content to the book. As the expanded title suggests, there are new chapters on report writing, book and article reviews, exam essays, and oral presentations. This new content builds on material that originally appeared in Surviving First Year Uni by Lauren Williams and John Germov (2001).

There is also a completely revised chapter on the effective use of the web and how to use online resources to your best advantage—especially how to evaluate the credibility of websites and reference the information you find. There is a new section on the use of EndNote referencing software. in addition, I have revised the sections on doing analysis, and added content . . .

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