Essays are a major form of assessment in higher education today and this is a fact that causes some writers a great deal of anxiety. Fortunately, essay writing is a skill that can be learned, like any other. Through precise explanations, this fully updated edition of Writing Essays gives you the confidence to express yourself coherently and effectively. It demystifies the entire process of essay writing, helping you to become proficient and confident in every aspect.
Writing Essays reveals the tricks of the trade, making your student life easier. You’ll learn how to impress tutors by discovering exactly what markers look for when they read your work. Using practical examples selected from real student assignments and tutor feedback, this book covers every aspect of composition, from introductions and conclusions, down to presentation and submission. It also advises you on stress-free methods of revision, helps with exam essays, explains the principles of effective secondary source management, and shows you how to engage meaningfully with other critics’ views. A new chapter will also guide you through the intricacies of the undergraduate dissertation.
As a full-time university professor, Richard Marggraf Turley counsels students and assesses their work every day, helping him to recognise the challenges that they face. Accessible, concise and full of practical examples, Writing Essays is a response to these challenges and will be an invaluable companion for Humanities students who wish to improve their grades and become confident in the art of essay writing.
Table of Contents
1. How to write introductions
2. The middle section: structure & critics
3. More on the middle section: linkage
4. How to write conclusions
5. Grammar & punctuation
6. Improving your style
7. Quotations, footnotes, & bibliographies
8. Getting the most out of secondary sources
9. The undergraduate dissertation
10. How to write exam essays
Richard Marggraf Turley is Professor of English Literature at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of various scholarly articles and books on the Romantic poets, as well as three volumes of his own poetry and a novel, The Cunning House.