Title Writing Essays and Reports
Subtitle A Student’s Guide
Author Stephen McLaren
ISBN 9789387925021
List price Rs 395.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 248
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Pascal Educational Services
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


Writing Essays and Reports: A Student’s Guide is a comprehensive guide to writing better essays and reports, whether you are a complete beginner or just wishing to fine tune your writing skills. With a straightforward style and approach, Writing Essays and Reports takes you through all the stages of writing essays to university and TAFE level.

Writing Essays and Reports includes sections on planning your essays and reports, improving your use of language, quoting and overcoming writer’s block. This comprehensive guide to referencing includes gathering and citing material from electronic sources such as the Internet. In addition, a troubleshooting guide helps you solve common language problems. Actual student essays are reproduced, with marker’s comments, so that you can learn from a lecturer’s point of view. There is also a section on critical thinking, a skill increasingly demanded by lecturers.

Ideal for mature age students, complete beginners or anyone wishing to write better essays, Writing Essays and Reports is the most up to date, user- friendly and comprehensive guide to writing essays and reports available.

Key Benefits:

  • easy to follow examples
  • develops your research and writing skills
  • will show you how to maximise your marks


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How to use this book


Section one: Essential skills (and thrills)

Chapter 1. Welcome to my nightmare (or learning to love the institution) • Transition: the first-year experience • Writing in a variety of subjects • Five key challenges: Genres of academic writing: essays and reports • New concepts • New ways of thinking • Use of formal language • New ways of studying • The successful university student • Time management • Sample timetable • Inspiring essays

Chapter 2. Basics of essay writing • You can write! • You can learn-to write! • Writing means re-writing • The stages of writing • Pre-writing stage: exploring the question • First draft • Refining • Re-defining/re-focusing • Editing • What is an essay? • What an essay is not • What an essay is • Argument • Sustained • Full conclusion • The parts of the essay • ‘Proving your case’ • Different kinds of essay • The strong essay • Relevant • Complete • Cohesive • Well organised • Concise and clear • Signposted • Specific • Interpretative • Deep • Analytical/critical • Fluently expressed • The academic essay • Academic context • References and presentation • Originality • Don’t panic!

Chapter 3. Basic writing skills • Developing your (micro)skills • The three non-argumentatory modes • Description • Exposition • Narration • Microskills • Analyse the question: keywords • Develop ideas further: the ‘three step’ • Give purpose to each paragraph: topic sentences • Segment your discussion into manageable pieces: paragraphing • Paragraph unity • Indent or margin align? • Organise your points • Grouping • Subgrouping • Ordering principles • Get straight to the point: summarising • Communicate your argument or purpose: linking • Be specific: using quotations • Quoting details • Direct quotations • When to use quotations • Fully exploit your points: interpreting • Think clearly: analysing • Find clear expression • A training run: the five-paragraph essay • How to write a five-paragraph essay • Sample five-paragraph essay

Section two: Training wheels

Chapter 4. Sample essays • Sample essay 1: a short essay • Sample essay 2: a long essay • ‘Dissected’version

Chapter 5. Essay writing ‘by numbers’ • Step 1: Analyse the question • Step 2: Note the instruction words • Step 3: Explore the question • Step 4: Plan your research • Step 5: Gather data • Step 6: Organise data • Step 7: Develop an argument: proposition + support • Step 8: Plan the essay • The keyhole essay plan • Mind maps • The long walk • ‘Audition’ • Step 9: Write a draft introduction • The work of the introduction • Step 10: Check your introduction • Step 11: Write a draft of the body of the essay • Step 12: Write a draft conclusion • The work of the conclusion • Step 13: Re-draft essay • Step 14: Macro-edit • Subtraction • Addition • Step 15: Micro-edit • Step 16: Present professionally • Editing checklists

Section three: gearing up for the freeways

Chapter 6. Critical and creative thinking • Critical thinking • Qualifying your statements • Wholebrained writing • Klauser’s Five ‘R’s of Wholebrained writing • Problem-solving • Brainstorming • Collaboration • Getting reader-centred • Troubleshooting: common problems in argumentation • Circular argument • False causality • Non sequiturPost hoc ergo propter hoc • False authority • False dilemma • Incomplete comparison

Chapter 7. Tuning your language • Some aspects of academic language usage • Tone • Point of view • Lexis (word choice) • Sentence structure • Sentence length • Grammar • Active/passive voice • Nominalisation • Tense • Style • A lexicon of common expression problems • Ambiguity • Awkward phrasing • Clichés • Colloquial language • Dangling modifiers • Ellipses • False conclusions • Garble • Incomplete sentences • Mental shorthand • Non-parallel sentence construction • Overstatement • Overuse of ’I’ • Redundancy and tautology • Sweeping statements • Two ideas at once • Vagueness • Verbosity • Other language issues • Malapropisms • Grammar • Computer grammar checkers • Active voice and passive voice • Less/fewer • Pronoun antecedent • Relative pronouns • Sentence length • Noun and verb agreement • Words out of place • Punctuation • Apostrophes • Colons • Commas • Run-on sentences • Semi-colons • Spelling • i.e./e.g.

Section four: Let’s get technical

Chapter 8. Writing reports • Comparing reports with essays • Scientific method • Induction • Deduction • Features of reports • Clear purpose • Specifically defined • Appropriate methodology • Analytical thinking • Balanced judgement • Primary research • Secondary research • Variations on the report format • A standard long report format • Sample report: a practical proposal • The scientific report format • Outline plan for a report (scientific format) • Checklist for report assignments

Chapter 9. Study tips and tools • Tune in, turn on ... • Your study habits • Reading strategies • Reading from structure • Selective reading • Skimming • Scanning • ‘Speed reading’ • Note-taking • The thesis essay as study tool • What is a thesis essay? • Features of a good thesis proposition • Advantages of the thesis essay • Researching • The Internet • References • Plagiarism • Appropriate language • Word limits • Exam essays • Exam strategies • Study groups • Getting feedback • Other assistance • Reference books



Appendix A: Sample marking guide

Appendix B: Systems of reference

About the Author:

Stephen McLaren studied for the BA (Communications) degree at the University of Technology, Sydney before undertaking Dip. Ed and Masters degrees. He now lectures in professional and academic writing at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean. He is the author of the highly successul Essays Writing Made Simple, and the winner of the 1995 International Bloomsday Essay Writing Competition.

Target Audience:

People interested in writing essays and reports.

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