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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students 2ed

by Alex Osmond SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
09/2015
ISBN:
9781473919365
Format:
Pbk 216 pages
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Grappling with grammar? Struggling with punctuation? This useful guide 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; learning outcomes in every chapter, so you can identify what new skills you’ll take away; materials from the book available online, so you can download and use for study in your own time.

Introduction: The Aims of this Book and How to Use It
Basic Conventions of Academic Writing
Basic Grammatical Concepts
Putting Sentences Together
Putting Paragraphs Together
Critical Thinking
Referencing
Conciseness and Clarity
Common Mistakes and How to Deal With Them
Proofreading Effectively

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. Dr Kate Daniels This is an excellent text for both UK and international students at all levels and in a variety of subject areas. It gives valuable advice on how to put sentences and paragraphs together in a meaningful way. For students who find it difficult to get their ideas down on paper, this book provides some excellent strategies and techniques to overcome this challenge. Ruth Hewston
Alex Osmond has worked as an Academic Skills Adviser, helping to launch Brunel University's ever-expanding ASK service, and is now VLE Project Manager at the university. As part of these roles he has provided guidance to students both online and face-to-face, and students consistently praise the advice he has given, which has often translated directly into higher grades. Alex has also taught a wide variety of skills sessions across Brunel's degree programmes, working to develop online resources aimed at improving academic writing, and also co-managed the Study Skills Collection at Brunel University Library. Before working at Brunel, Alex worked at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, also as an Academic Skills Adviser. Alex has focused on the English language in his studies and work for several years, and his approach highlights the importance of independent learning leading to well-rounded students.Visit Alex's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/academicwritingandgrammarforstudents