Write great essays! / Peter Levin.

by Levin, Peter, 1936-Looking glass.

Series: Student-friendly guides: Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, [2009]Edition: Second edition.Description: xvii, 161 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780335237272; 0335237274.Subject(s): Report writingLooking glass | Academic writingLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 2004.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-259).
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book remains the book of choice for students with essays to write! How to read selectively How to take notes effectively How to understand the 'academic speak' in essay questions How to structure your work How to use and cite your sources accurately

Peter Levin has comprehensively updated the book to incorporate student feedback and has included significantly more information on the kinds of material that are available online, and on coping with the attentions of the plagiarism police. The book clarifies all the key issues that students cite as blocks to the development of their writing skills and will help improve the grades of any student who takes the time to adopt the techniques offered. No student with essays to write should be without a copy!

Previous ed.: 2004.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-259).

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of tables (p. vii)
  • List of boxes (p. ix)
  • The strange world of the university - Read this first! (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. xv)
  • Part 1 Getting started
  • Chapter 1 'I'm a slow reader (p. 3)
  • Chapter 2 Three stages in academic learning (p. 5)
  • Chapter 3 Making notes and translating 'academic-speak' (p. 11)
  • Chapter 4 Coping with monster reading lists (p. 17)
  • Part 2 Reading purposes and strategies
  • Chapter 5 What are you reading for? (p. 21)
  • Chapter 6 Exploratory reading (1): How to get an overview (p. 23)
  • Chapter 7 Exploratory reading (2): How to use the World Wide Web (p. 35)
  • Chapter 8 Targeted reading: How to find and use key terms (p. 41)
  • Chapter 9 Dedicated reading: How to master a text (p. 47)
  • Chapter 10 How to work with secondary sources (p. 51)
  • Part 3 Writing essays
  • Chapter 11 Discovering what's wanted from you (1): How to clarify the topic (p. 57)
  • Chapter 12 Discovering what's wanted from you (2): Traps to avoid (p. 65)
  • Chapter 13 Essay types (p. 69)
  • Chapter 14 How to figure out your teachers' mindsets (p. 71)
  • Chapter 15 How your essay will be marked (1): 'Tick-box' marking (p. 77)
  • Chapter 16 How your essay will be marked (2): Impressionistic marking (p. 81)
  • Chapter 17 Thinking it through: the importance of methodology (p. 85)
  • Chapter 18 How to create an essay plan (p. 89)
  • Chapter 19 Titles, abstracts, executive summaries and appendices (p. 97)
  • Chapter 20 How to use quotations (p. 101)
  • Chapter 21 The drawbacks of model essays (p. 105)
  • Chapter 22 The process of writing (p. 107)
  • Chapter 23 Writer's block and how to overcome it (p. 115)
  • Part 4 Referencing styles
  • Chapter 24 How to use and cite sources (p. 123)
  • Chapter 25 Which style to choose? (p. 127)
  • Chapter 26 How to capture and list details of your sources (p. 133)
  • Part 5 Plagiarism and collusion
  • Chapter 27 The conscientious student's predicament (p. 141)
  • Chapter 28 How academic learning forces you to plagiarize (p. 145)
  • Chapter 29 Avoiding accusations of plagiarism (p. 149)
  • Chapter 30 The politics of plagiarism (p. 153)
  • Notes and references (p. 155)
  • Books on speed reading (p. 159)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 161)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr Peter Levin was until recently an educational developer, specializing in student support, at the London School of Economics. He has worked one-to-one with many hundreds of students with essays to write. For many years he was a lecturer in Social Policy at LSE, and he is the author of Making Social Policy (Open University Press, 1997).

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