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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

Third Edition
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May 2024 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

From grammar and punctuation, to proofreading and fixing mistakes, this is your one-stop guide to improving your academic writing to achieve better grades at university.

Including quotes from tutors and examples of good and bad practice, this book provides step-by-step guidance on

  • Basic conventions of academic writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Conciseness and clarity
  • Proofreading and referencing
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Chapter 1: Basic Conventions Of Academic Writing
Chapter 2: Basic Grammatical Concepts
Chapter 3: Putting Sentences Together
Chapter 4: Putting Paragraphs Together
Chapter 5: Critical Thinking
Chapter 6: Referencing
Chapter 7: Conciseness And Clarity
Chapter 8: Common Mistakes and How to Deal with Them
Chapter 9: Proofreading Effectively


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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.

(Praise for previous editions)

Dr Kate Daniels
Cambridge University

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.

(Praise for previous editions)

Terry Freedman
Digital Education

The book is very good in integrating international students who come different educational culture into the art of academic writing.

Dr Bukola Faturoti
School of Law, Hertfordshire University
April 28, 2024

A very accessible book for students new to HE and academic skills. Easy to use for dipping in and out for content to support study skills lessons.

Mrs Julie Sillence
Higher Education, North Lindsey College
May 3, 2024

This book is indispensable, particularly for students whose native language is not English. I strongly advocate for its inclusion as a study and writing companion for my students. Its fundamental insights and critical approach make it an invaluable resource, empowering students to navigate academic writing with confidence and proficiency, regardless of their linguistic background.

Dr Nephat Shumba
De Havilland Campus, Hertfordshire University
April 24, 2024

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