Written for students who need help doing their coursework and exams, this book focuses mainly on the skills and techniques that apply to essay writing, but also covers other types of assignment such as posters, talks, PowerPoint^DTM presentations and web pages. Its basis is that all of these different types of work are centred on clear communication of well-supported responses to the questions or tasks that have been set.
Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. What is this book for, and how should I use it? 2. Why are there so many different types of assignment? 3. What are essays, and why do I have to write them? 4. What will the examiners by looking for when they mark my essay? 5. How do I choose which essay to attempt? 6. How do I get started on my essay? 7. How do I make sure I have a well-structured essay? 8. How do I produce a well-written essay? 9. What goes at the beginning of the essay? The introduction 10. What goes in the middle of the essay? 11. What goes at the end of the essay? The conclusion. 12. How do I use references and write a reference list? 13. How do I use diagrams and other illustrations? 14. How much do things like layout, neatness and English matter? 15. How can I perfect my essay before I hand it in? 16. How should I handle exam essays? 17. How do I prepare a poster presentation? 18. How do I prepare and deliver a verbal presentation? 19. How do I prepare web pages and other types of presentation? 20. How do I work as part of a group? 21. Help! It's all going wrong, what can I do? 22. A final word