Brilliant Academic Writing

Prentice Hall
Bill Kirton  
Total pages
July 2012
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An accessible, attractive guide to the most important academic writing skills a student needs to write successfully for any purpose on any course, whether it be essays, assignments, reports, reflective writing, exam questions, research reports, literature reviews - any type of academic writing, on any 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 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: Getting ready to write

Chapter 4: Learning how to read

Chapter 5: Turning reading into notes

Chapter 6: The bare bones of academic writing structures

Chapter 7: How to create a plan


Part 3: Writing, Editing and other essentials

Chapter 8: The conventions of academic writing

Chapter 9: The basics of sentences and paragraphs

Chapter 10: The importance of critical thinking

Chapter 11: Never ever plagiarise

Chapter 12: Quotations, citations and references

Chapter 13: The importance of the post-writing phases

Chapter 14: Making the most of feedback


Conclusion: Follow the conventions but be yourself

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Develop key writing skills to succeed on your course.

Brilliant Academic Writing is an accessible, practical guide to the most important and essential academic writing skills that every student needs. It will help you master these skills and succeed in assignments, reports, reflective writing, exam questions, research reports and literature reviews on any university course.

This book will give you a sound grounding in the conventions, structures and practice of good academic writing and will provide instantaneous, easily accessible practical advice and guidance on the most important academic writing skills that you will need to get the most out of your course.

Brilliant Outcomes

  • Develop the key academic writing skills that allow you to successfully express your ideas

·        Get to grips with the conventions and structures of good academic writing

·        Identify key elements that markers look for in your work

  • Demonstrate critical thinking in your written work


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.

Jonathan Weyers and Kathleen McMillan both work at the University of Dundee. Both have been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years and latterly have specialised in the transferable skills area. They have a track record of collaborative writing and achievement in this area.

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