Whether you’re writing a paper, essay, assignment, or dissertation, this short and punchy book helps you improve your writing skills through minimal effort. Providing you with a quick set of writing rules to follow, this tried and tested guide uses a unique and easy to follow grid-based system. Packed with advice on understanding (big and little) common errors made in academic writing, it helps you identify patterns in your own writing and demonstrates how to reshape or re-evaluate them - and raise your writing game in any academic context. How-to tutorials include: • Synthesizing and critiquing literature – and using your coding sheet to develop critical arguments • Shaping abstracts, introductions, discussions, and conclusions – to improve the logic and structure of your writing • Applying lessons-learned to future projects, whatever format of academic writing. Save time and improve your grades, with this essential quick fix guide! 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!

Understanding the “Big” and “Little” Errors in Your Paper

Understanding the “Big” and “Little” Errors in Your Paper

The errors that students make in their papers are not the same and should not be treated equally. One type of error is structural and systemic: these “big” errors cannot be fixed easily; they require a lot of time and energy to fix, and it is best to avoid making them in the first place. The second type of error is grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic: these are easier to fix than “big” errors—they are the “not-so-big” errors or “little” errors. They are different types of mistakes that students tend to make in their papers, from a relatively typical research paper, to literature reviews, integrative reviews, and drafts ...

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