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Palgrave Macmillan

The Mature Student's Guide to Writing

Edition 3rd edition
ISBN 9780230297876
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Study Skills

Through its use of conversational and supportive tones, this popular guide puts readers at ease, assisting the transition to academic study. With clear explanations, summaries and exercises, it is an invaluable companion for the mature student. This third edition has much new content including a new chapter on writing a dissertation proposal.

JEAN ROSE specialises in teaching mature students. She is an associate lecturer with The Open University, UK, and a freelance writer. She also contributes occasional columns on writing skills to various magazines. At Exeter University, she wrote her PhD thesis on the poet Geoffrey Hill and won the university's poetry prize.

Acknowledgements
Who is This Book For?
How to Use This Book
If You Think You May Be Dyslexic...
PART I: THE BIG PICTURE
Taking Notes
Writing an Essay
Quoting and Referencing
PART II: WRITING FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES
Style
Summaries
Letters and Emails
Creative Writing
Reports
Articles
Oral Presentations
Exam Essays
The Proposal For Your Undergraduate Dissertation
PART III: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF GOOD WRITING
Verbs and Other Parts of Speech
Writing Clear Sentences
Punctuation
Getting Conversation on Paper
PART IV: MOVING ON
Your CV
Letters and Statements for Job Applications
Appendix 1: Spelling Strategies
Appendix 2: Common Confusions
Answers
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Reviews for the second edition:
'I thoroughly enjoyed the author's style of writing. She combines a firm and clear sense of how things should be done with some light touches of humour. The tone is approachable and supportive and I feel that this is one of the best selling points for the book. The combination of occasional short, decisive sentences adds to the tone of authority within the work.' - Lucinda Becker, University of Reading, UK
'Having taught mature - return-to-study - students and participated in research into mature students' experiences of nurse education, I realize only too well their insecurities over writing coursework assignments. This book is aimed at all such students. . . a very useful study guide. . .' - Christine Webb, Journal of Advanced Nursing
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