Writing good essays is one of the most challenging aspects of studying in the social sciences. This simple guide provides you with proven approaches and techniques to help turn you into a well-oiled, essay writing machine.
Good Essay Writing demonstrates how to think critically and formulate your argument as well as offering water-tight structuring tips, referencing advice and a word on those all too familiar common worries – all brought to life through real student examples from a range of subjects.
Now in its fifth edition, this fresh update contains:
• New essay examples are analysed and discussed, so you have a clear understanding of what makes a good essay
• A new chapter on essay writing skills and other forms of social science writing, helping you get to grips with different styles of critical writing
• A new Companion Website providing additional exercises and examples, helping you practice and apply the skills.
This practical guide is an absolute must for everybody wanting – or needing – to brush up on their essay writing skills and boost their grades.
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What is a Social Science Essay?
Stages of Writing, from Preparation to Final Version
Matching the Answer to the Question
Reading, Note-taking and Literature Searches
Thinking Critically and Formulating an Argument
Writing the Main Section
Essay writing skills and other forms of social science writing
Some Common Worries
What Tutors Look for When Marking Essays
Examples of Student Essays
This book is an easy to read and understand text which is written in an accessible style for undergraduate students. I recommend it, and would like to see it used more widely by my students.
Peter Redman has been teaching social science at The Open University for the last 25 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology.
Wendy Maples has been teaching in the Social Sciences for over 25 years. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary courses for the Open University, writing course texts in Social Science research methods and Environment, as well as learning development materials for students and teaching development materials for lecturers. Dr Maples is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.