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. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!




  • Introduction
  • Form Your Own Point of View
  • Use Your Professional Experience
  • Use Your Voluntary Work
  • Use Your Personal Experience
  • Use Fresh Material
  • Use New Perspectives, Insights, Links and Combinations
  • Sample Essay: Cultural Context Influences Engineering Practice: Discuss
  • Negative and Positive Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Summary of Key Points
  • References


Imagine that you are the assessor. You face a large pile of essays to be marked. They all say much the same things, drawing on the same material and putting forward the same arguments. Assessment becomes a repetitive and a rather boring task. It certainly adds interest when you come across an essay which has a fresh perspective or some new ideas or arguments or, simply, some striking examples or insights. A touch of originality is likely to gain you some marks. This does not mean that you ...

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