Brilliant Essay

Prentice Hall
Bill Kirton  
Total pages
December 2010
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An accessible guide to the most important academic writing skills a student needs to write successful essays and assignments on any HE course. This book will give the reader a sound grounding on what the whole business of academic writing is about, and will provide instantaneous, easily accessible answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of planning, researching, writing, revising and referencing a successful essay.


·          Uses the tried & tested Brilliant style to deliver the most important & essential academic writing guidance to the new student.

·          Delivers practical, directive guidance on the key areas that student lack confidence and skills in for immediate results.

·          Instantaneous, easily accessible answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of academic writing skills.

·          Gives the reader a sound grounding on the whole business ofsuccessful academic writing.

Table of Contents

About the author

Author's acknowledgements

Publisher's acknowledgements

Introduction: Do as we say, not as we do


Part 1: Establishing the basics

Chapter 1: Developing good writing skills

Chapter 2: Giving markers what they want

Chapter 3: Getting started with academic writing


Part 2: The research phase

Chapter 4: Learning how to read

Chapter 5: Libraries are more than just books

Chapter 6: Turning reading into notes

Chapter 7: The importance of critical thinking


Part 3: Getting ready to write

Chapter 8: The bare bones of academic writing structures

Chapter 9: How to create a plan


Part 4: The writing phase

Chapter 10: The conventions of academic writing

Chapter 11: The basics of sentences and paragraphs

Chapter 12: Good grammar

Chapter 13: Punctuation matters

Chapter 14: Spelling it right

Chapter 15: Expanding your vocabulary


Part 5: Editing and other essentials

Chapter 16: The importance of the post-writing phases

Chapter 17: Never ever plagiarise

Chapter 18: Quotations, citations and references


Part 6: Maximising your potential

Chapter19: The elements and advantages of good presentation

Chapter 20: Making the most of feedback

Chapter 21: Essays in exams


Conclusion: Take the advice but be yourself


Back Cover

Develop key study skills to get the most from your course

Brilliant Essay is an accessible, practical guide to the most important and essential essay planning and writing skills that any student needs.  It will help you master and succeed in written assignments and assessments on any university course.

This book will give you a sound grounding on what the whole business of researching, planning and writing essays is about.  It provides instantaneous, easily-accessible, practical advice and guidance to all of the most important academic skills that you will need to develop to get the most out of your course and maximise your final grade.


  • Develop the necessary academic writing skills to be able to express your ideas well in your writing
  • Identify key elements that markers look for in your essay – and make sure that you address them
  • Understand the essence and importance of critical thinking


Bill Kirton is an experienced lecturer and writer who most recently held the post of Royal Literary Fund Writing fellow at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews, where he specialised in helping students across all subjects in developing their literary and academic writing and research skills. Bill is also a published author and respected ghostwriter who specialises in making information accessible to specific audiences.

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