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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Brilliant Writing Tips for Students

ISBN 9780230220027
Publication Date September 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Pocket Study Skills

With tips on punctuation, style, grammar and essay structure, this handy guide provides succinct and practical guidance on students' most common areas of concern in their written work. Each tip is supplemented by authentic examples of student writing; suggested re-writes; and appropriate self-help exercises. 

JULIA COPUShas taught academic and creative writing throughout the UK, and is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund, an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an award-winning poet.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: PUNCTUATION
Full Stop or Comma?
The Comma
The Colon
The Semicolon
The Apostrophe
PART II: SENTENCE STRUCTURE
What Makes a Sentence a Sentence?
The Secret of Clear Sentences
PART III: PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE
How to Build a Paragraph
Using Topic Sentences to Define your Paragraphs
PART IV: STYLE
Maintaining Clarity in Longer Sentences
Parallel Sentence Structure
Placing Key Concepts at the End of a Sentence
Beware of Overusing Abstract Nouns
Can I Use the First Person ('I')?
PART V: AT A GLANCE
How to Improve your Writing Style – a Checklist
Useful Phrases for Essay Writing
Index

Reviews

This book contains more than just simple tips. It's full of answers to the sort of questions we all have about writing but are too embarrassed to ask. Clear, easy-to-understand advice on how to structure sentences and paragraphs, how to improve your writing style, and how to use puncutation... If you want something pocket-sized to see you through A level or university, this book is for you.' - Amazon review.
'Packed with tips and advice that will improve your writing and help you to communicate your ideas clearly and with style... Highly recommended. Buy it - you will not be disappointed.' - Amazon review
'This book is exactly what it says on the cover - brilliant! It's fully comprehensive, covering everything from punctuation to improving your writing style. I particularly like the way the information is set out in a concise and very accessible way, and the graphics really make their point. The bit about the apostrophe, for example, is just fantastic - you couldn't ever get it wrong again!' - Amazon review
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