The Guide to Writing

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Exams and Essays but Were Too Afraid to Ask
Narrated by: Chirag Patel
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

For a few years, I ran a student support service at a university. Over that time, I discovered that most students were tripping up for easily avoidable reasons, and came in with the same problems each time. Contained herein are solutions for the most common student difficulties, being:

  • 1. Preparation 
  • 1.1 How should I prepare to write my essay? How much time should I leave? 
  • 1.2 General tips
  • 2. The Question
  • 2.1 What am I being asked to do? Shouldn’t I just read everything I can and then start?
  • 2.2 What is the difference between a claim and an argument? What counts as evidence?
  • 2.3 What does the question mean?
  • 2.4 What does critically analyse mean?
  • 2.5 What’s the difference between objective and subjective? Why does it matter?
  • 2.6 What resources will I need?
  • 2.7 Why is it important to define my terms, and how should I do it?
  • 3. Structure
  • 3.1 How do I structure my essay?
  • 3.2 How long should paragraphs be?
  • 3.3 What is a topic sentence?
  • 3.4 What makes a good introduction?
  • 3.5 How do I write my conclusion?
  • 3.6 What does a completed essay structure look like?
  • 4. Language & Style
  • 4.1 How do I sound academic? Just using the words and phrases without understanding them is getting me in trouble
  • 4.2 How do I avoid using or showing my opinion?
  • 4.3 What language can’t I use?
  • 4.4 How do I make my writing formal and impersonal?
  • 4.5 How do I link paragraphs together?
  • 5. Reading
  • 5.1 How should I read? I don’t understand what these people are saying
  • 5.2 Why shouldn’t I read every word?
  • 5.3 What kinds of reading are there?
  • 5.4 How and why should I take notes?
  • 6. Referencing 
  • 6.1 Why can’t I use just anything I find on the internet? How do I know what's okay?
  • 6.2 Why do I keep losing marks for referencing?
  • 6.3 How do I reference?
  • 6.4 How do I avoid accidental plagiarism, or being accused of plagiarism?
  • 7. Exams
  • 7.1 How should I prepare before the exam?
  • 7.2 How should I manage my time?

....and more

©2019 Chirag Patel (P)2019 Chirag Patel

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This is a test prep book.

This is a test prep book, not a guide to writing. Do not waste your money.

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Great for students

I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. this is a great source for students who are struggling when writing essays. it is straight forward and to the point. I know the author wants to make money on this book but it would be nice if he could find a corporate sponsor and have them donate it to school libraries across the country so that students can access it via their school library to help them when they are struggling to get the essay correct.

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Helped me alot

this has been very informative. I'm writing a paper right now and it has helped me1
I recieved this book free in exchange for an unbiased review. But I really did like it.

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The K.I.S.S. Principle

It delivers what it promises in a very short time. The author gives you simple tips on how to write clearly and logically. The index provided in the Publisher's Summary is a plus! I will certainly listen to it again to internalize all these concepts.

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Excellent Guide!!!

This book should be listened to by all students, young and old. Chirag Patel really breaks down what it is to write a proper and excellent essay or paper. Having this audiobook is like having a tutor on the go! I strongly believe that this should be given to any student in junior high and higher. If you are having problems with writing whatever or know someone who is then you should get this book. It is an excellent source of information to help anyone get over whatever hurdle they are facing. The narration is well done. Mr Patel has a nice voice and reads at a good pace. He's easily understood. Overall, this is a book anyone writing can appreciate and learn from.

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