You are here

Essay Writing

Essay Writing
A Student's Guide

Additional resources:

February 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Essay Writing is a student guide with a mission: to enable students to write better essays and get the grades they deserve by demystifying the essay-writing process.

MunLing Shields places essay writing within the larger university experience for students. In a clear and easy to understand way the author guides the reader through the process of writing successful university essays by looking at essay writing in the context of academic communication, academic culture and different learning styles and approaches. This book:

  • Helps students study more independently and learn more meaningfully to write better essays
  • Offers invaluable insights into the way tutors see essays
  • Explains why essays are set, and how to understand the rationale behind them
  • Demonstrates how best to approach answering the question.

This highly accessible book offers practical, in-depth guidance on each of the stages of the essay writing process - planning, drafting and editing - and relates them to the important sub-skills of information-gathering, reading academic texts, how to get the most out of lectures, referencing and citations, and fluency and appropriateness of style and language.

'An excellent guide for students new to writing essays at university' - David Ellicott, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice and Youth Studies, Nottingham Trent University

SAGE Study Skills
are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

Introduction: How to Use this Book

Learning and Writing at University

Answering the Essay Question

Planning Different Types of Essay

Acquiring Information

Assessing Information Critically

Managing Information

Citing Information

Paragraphing: the Introduction and Conclusion

Paragraphing: the Body of the Essay

Making it Flow

The Finishing Touches

Writing Exam Essays




SAGE Study Skills hub
Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

A really useful guide to help students master an essential skill, with practical tips and guidance to make student assignments a little more accessible.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 5, 2018

Very clear and supportive guidelines on how to improve essay writing. Many students have commented on its accessibility.

Mr Mathew Tobin
School Of Education, Oxford Brookes University
August 5, 2015

This is a really helpful book for students returning to education, preparing for Higher Education. It equips them with all the essential skills of planning, writing and referencing.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
April 27, 2015

good for undergrads

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

The book covers the skills needed for essay writing and is well illustrated with examples. I felt that it was too long to be of great appeal to students who tend to want a short, sharp introduction and lots of very practical, immediately applicable methods.

Dr Mark Widdowson
School of Nursing, Salford University
November 26, 2013

This is one of the books which will be recommended for our 2nd and 3rd years UG students in preparation for their dissertations.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
July 26, 2013

It gives me pleasure to write to you. I thank you for supporting me by (Essay Writing )book ,i am keen on reading this book, i think could finish it today and i will thank you again for your effort and the opportunity that you give it to me and for this interesting book that full of benefits , it will help my students.

Dr. Mona S. El-Kutry

Specific Education Faculty-Ain Sams University, Cairo


Dr Mona El-kutry
Home Economics, Specific Education Faculty-Ain Sams University
November 27, 2011

A very easy to read, valuable and helpful resource especially for under graduate foundation degree students.

Mr Jamie Oxley
Faculty of Sport, Media & Creative Arts, University College St Mark & St John
June 22, 2011

I would recommend this to individual students who were struggling with this aspect.

Ms Catherine Radford
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
January 13, 2011

comprehensive text with lots of guidance for students at all levels to write in different formats

Miss Alison Clark
school of nursing, midwifery and physiotherpay, Nottingham University
December 8, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One PDF