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How to Write Brilliant Psychology Essays

How to Write Brilliant Psychology Essays

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January 2021 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

“This book is one I wish I had bought at the start of my Psychology degree.” – Five-star review

Essay writing is a key part of the Psychology degree and knowing how to write effective and compelling academic essays is key to success. 

Whether it's understanding how to implement feedback you receive on essays, how to stop procrastinating or what makes an effective introduction, this book covers it all. Drawing on insights derived from teaching thousands of students over a 25-year period How to Write Brilliant Psychology Essays provides the keys that will unlock your writing potential.

Ace your Assignment provide practical tips to help succeed

Exercises help try the theory out in practice

Take away points highlight the key learnings from each chapter

Online resources provide even more help and guidance.


Chapter 1: Catch the wave – how to seize the moment, overcome procrastination and write now
Chapter 2: Make it yours – how to use sources effectively and avoid the plagiarism trap
Chapter 3: Set it up – how to write an effective introduction
Chapter 4: Keep on target - how to answer the essay question
Chapter 5: Keep it smooth – how to interconnect your essay
Chapter 6: Keep it critical - how to develop your critical evaluation
Chapter 7: Keep it dynamic – how to develop your academic voice and describe effectively
Chapter 8: Sum it up – how to write an effective conclusion
Chapter 9: Make it professional – how to ensure high-quality presentation and referencing
Chapter 10: Refine and enhance – how to effectively review and edit your essay
Chapter 11: Unseen exams
Chapter 12: Seen and takeaway exams


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Students enjoyed this text - they found it easy to read and the author's dry sense of humour appealed to many. Not just for psychologists!

Dr Shaista Shirazi
School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University
October 24, 2022

A really useful guide for students, breaking down the components of what constitutes a good essay and written from a subject-specific view - highly recommend

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 1, 2021

I have recommended this to my first year tutorial groups as it provides them with everything they need to know about producing an excellent psychology essay.

Ms Rachel Lynn Phillips
Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
November 3, 2020