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Academic Writing and Grammar for Students 2ed

by Alex Osmond SAGE Publications Ltd
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Hbk 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 and ndash; fast and ndash; 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 and rsquo;ll also discover guidance on: Writing structure and ndash; the what and how of crafting sentences and paragraphsConciseness and ndash; how to express your point succinctly and clearly, showing you understand the topicEffective proofreading and ndash; the importance of the final and lsquo;tidy up and rsquo;, so your work is ready to hand inReferencing and ndash; 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 and rsquo;ll take away; materials from the book available online, so you can download and use for study in your own time. Personal tips and advice direct from Alex OsmondFor access to additional resources and one-to-one advice from Alex, 'like' his Facebook page Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

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
Conciseness and Clarity
Common Mistakes and How to Deal With Them
Proofreading Effectively

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.
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: