Academic Writing and Grammar for Students
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Whether you're writing an essay or assignment, report or dissertation, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students shows you how to improve the quality of your work at university – fast – by identifying and using the correct use of English grammar and punctuation in your academic writing.
Using tried and tested advice from student workshops, Alex Osmond shares practical examples that illustrate common mistakes, and shows you how to avoid them. You’ll also discover guidance on:
- Writing structure – the what and how of crafting sentences and paragraphs
- Conciseness – how to express your point succinctly and clearly, showing you understand the topic
- Effective proofreading – the importance of the final ‘tidy up’, so your work is ready to hand in
- Referencing – common systems, and how to reference consistently (and avoid plagiarism).
This new edition also includes separate chapters on critical thinking and referencing, exploring each topic in more detail, and learning outcomes in every chapter, so you can identify what new skills you’ll take away.
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Visit the Online Resources page for extra materials to help with your academic writing:
- Alex's blog posts on academic writing
- A set of videos where Alex talks through topics in covered in the book
- A Facebook page sharing tips and advice.
Osmond's Academic Writing and Grammar for Students is a clear and practical learning resource for all in higher education who are keen to develop their writing skills. With well-defined learning outcomes supported by accessible content and sound examples, it offers a lively, engaging guide to enhancing the quality and clarity of students' writing. Now in its second edition, Osmond's book offers a usefully expanded chapter on critical thinking, plus updated suggestions for further reading.
There are lots of books on correct usage of English, but where this book distinguishes itself from the rest is its focus on academic writing. As well as perhaps obvious (to teachers) advice to avoid emotive language in essays, the book contains information on sentence structure and other aspects of grammar. What is especially good is that the examples are all taken from academic writing in different subject areas. In addition, the book is easy to read because it has a simple two-colour format with clear headings.
This text continues to be useful for students who have not studied for several years, giving them confidence to develop their writing at level 7.
Very good book. Excellent for undergraduate or postgraduate students.
This text explains academic writing in simple form so that students embarking on a university course will be able to follow it with ease.
An excellent resource for students when focusing on their written work
A well structured guide giving the student (particularly mature, returners) a sound base from which to begin their academic journey.
Clearly written with easy to understand examples
Academic writing and Grammar for Students provides a good practical approach to addressing common errors, as well as tools and techniques for improvements.
Particularly useful for return to learning students.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 8: Common Mistakes and How to Deal With Them