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From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write a First-Class Essay

From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write a First-Class Essay

By Vlad Mackevic

Available from as a paperback and as a Kindle eBook

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Why do you need to read this book?

Because you are at university. Because you are a student. Because you have to write an academic assignment. It’s as simple as that.

Making a transition from college or sixth form to university is not easy – and academic writing with its complexities, multiple rules and requirements is definitely not helping. Essay titles can sometimes seem as cryptic as coded messages from the Second World War. You are constantly told to be more critical, but nobody bothers to explain what critical writing actually is. And all that referencing with its picky rules! Why does every lecturer demand that you know everything?

In this book, Vlad Mackevic, a First Class graduate, shares his experience acquired during his time at university. Vlad has worked as an academic writing mentor for three years, teaching students essay writing skills. He has also published three papers in an undergraduate research journal. Now he decided to share his experience with you.

This book will help you answer the following questions:

  • How to answer absolutely any essay (and exam) question?
  • How to create an easy-to-answer essay question for a free topic assignment?
  • How to be critical? And what does that even mean?
  • Why do I need to write my introduction at the end?
  • How to make the research process as efficient as possible?
  • How to reference?

Enjoy reading and writing!

The Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Academic Writing: What Do You Get Marks For?

Chapter 2. The Structure of an Academic Assignment
2.1. The Funnel and the Hourglass
2.2. Analysing the Essay Question (Set Questions)
2.3. The Structure of Research Reports and Dissertations

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Chapter 3. The Free Topic
3.1. Choose a Small, Focused Topic
3.2. Pick a Subject You love
3.3. Write about Something You Know

Chapter 4. Introduction
4.1. What Is an Introduction?
4.2. Why Should You Write the Introduction at the End?

Chapter 5. The Literature Review
5.1. What Is a Literature Review?
5.2. Why Do You Need a Literature Review?
5.3. A Critical Literature Review
5.4. The Structure of the Literature Review
5.5. Examples of Good and Bad Literature Reviews

Chapter 6. Methodology
6.1. The Data
6.2. The Participants
6.3. The Research Process and Methods
6.4. Research-Related Dangers

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Chapter 7. Analysis and Discussion
7.1. Analysis
7.2. Discussion

Chapter 8. Conclusion

Chapter 9. Referencing
9.1. What is Referencing?
9.2. Why Do We Need Referencing?
9.3. Main Referencing Systems

Chapter 10. What about Exams?

Chapter 11. The Writing Process

Chapter 12. The Language of Academia

Chapter 13. Writing Tips
13.1. The Researcher’s Point of View
13.2 The Grammarian’s Point of View
13.3. The Writer’s Point of View

Chapter 14. Formatting and Presentation


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