How to Write Better Essays
Published by Palgrave.
(2008) ISBN: 978-0-230-22480-3
This is a proud boast, I know, but I am convinced that it is true. Unlike many essay writing books and courses, which begin with the perfect essay and then deconstruct it to show you how it works, this book begins where you begin and it uses all the creative and critical thinking skills you have to use to develop your ideas. It doesn’t ignore these in the hope that somehow you will work these out for yourself. When you have an assignment you are given just an essay title, so you have to analyse its implications, summon up all your ideas and then go off to research the key implications of the question, before you even get round to planning and writing the essay.
This book tackles all these things. It takes you through each of the five stages of essay writing, showing you how you can improve your study skills and thinking skills. It shows you simple ways in which you can deal with the most common problems that you are likely to face in writing academic assignments. Indeed, like thousands before you, you may find that all you need to do is just read the book. Even so, if there are still areas that you struggle with email me and let’s talk.