ESSENTIAL WRITING TIPS

Rapid Study Skills for Students: Essential Writing Tips contains all you need to know about the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

No matter what stage of study you are at, whether you’re at school, university, or you like to study in your free time, knowing how to correctly form sentences and paragraphs is a necessary skill you need to have in your armoury.

So, open this book to receive tips and guidance on all the fundamentals of writing, including clear walkthroughs and examples.

What Will I Learn?
This guide contains advice on how to write accurately and concisely, with a focus on how to do so in an academic context. If you’ve ever wondered about the very first place to start when looking to improve your writing, this is it. You’ll discover actionable advice and tips no matter how good at writing you believe you are.

To accompany the explanations, you’ll be walked through correct and incorrect examples of sentence structures. This will illustrate where you may have previously going wrong and open your eyes to better writing.

Sample Explanations
Let’s have a look at some of the tips and explanations included in this guide:

Semicolons

The main use of a semicolon is to separate two independent clauses that are closely related. This means that the two halves of the sentence must be able to make sense by themselves.

In other words, your sentence containing the semicolon couldfeasibly be split into two perfect sentences.

The choice not to split them in this way, and instead employ a semicolon, would be a choice to emphasise a link of some sort between the two clauses.

Hyphens

Despite potential hurdles, the hyphen has a clear set of rules surrounding its use. Firstly, you need to be wary of the fact that the hyphen (-) is entirely different from the dash (–), its longer cousin.

Hyphens are most often used within adjectives that are made up of two (or more) words, as well as other compound words.

Dashes

The dash (–) is a completely different punctuation mark to the hyphen: they are in no way interchangeable.

The main use of the dash is to signal an ‘interruption’ within a sentence. This could be be in the shape of a change of subject, theme, or tone. In academic writing, the use of a dash would be a stylistic choice to represent a change of direction within a sentence, or to provide juxtaposition between two clauses in a sentence.

RAPID STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS – ESSENTIAL WRITING TIPS

Written and created by the UK’s leading recruitment experts; this handy pocketbook contains:

  • Clear guidance on grammar;
  • Illustrative examples and walkthroughs;
  • Packed full of actionable tips and things to consider;
  • Increase your writing skills in a pinch!

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