Study Skills Book, The
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464 pages
01 JUL 2012


Is there a secret to successful study?The answer is 'yes'! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university. Using proven techniques and tips to help you focus your efforts and develop successful study skills and strategies, THE STUDY SKILLS BOOKprovides practical answers to questions such as: What do lecturers expect from you in a tutorial? What's the best way to plan an essay or dissertation? Where should you concentrate your efforts for maximum impact? This book is an essential practical resource for all students who want to improve their performance and succeed in their studies: All key study skills are covered including essay writing, revision and exams, tutorials, and dissertations Practical solutions are presented for the most common problems A common-sense, no-nonsense approach is offered using practical checklists and tips This handbook has been written by experts and extensively tested on students to help you focus your efforts, troubleshoot your problems and thrive at university. Every aspect of university life is covered - my tip to other students is to have this book on their desk and use it - (it) has been a great help , Sarah Scott, Student This book really is a must have for any first year student!! Easy to read, intelligent and the best help a first year could ever want! , Alastair Ross, Amazon reviewer This book really will be a godsend to you during your time at university. It's like my bible now - I'm so glad I bought it! , Fi Wordsworth, Amazon reviewer


About the AuthorsPrefaceAcknowledgements1. How to use this book Part A - A toolkit for understanding what university involves2. Preparing for university - what you and you family need to consider3. Starting out how to get the most out of Freshers' Week4. General expectations - how the university system works and how this impacts on students5. What makes university education different - how to get off to a good start6. Graduate skills and attributes - how to learn what employers expect you to gain from being at universityPart B - A toolkit for managing yourself 7. Personal development planning - how to reflect on your achievements and set yourself future goals8. Time management - how to balance study, family, work and leisure9. Financial tips - how to balance your budget10. Campus orientation - how to identify the key facilities at your university11. Social life at university - how to create new social networks and support existing ones12. Contributing to the academic and outside community - how you can benefit and give something back by participating in extra curricular activities13. Dealing with stress - how to cope with the pressures of university lifePart C - A toolkit for developing your learning skills14. Your learning personality - how to identify and capitalise on your preferred learning style15. Studying independently - how to organise yourself and develop good study habits16. Lectures - how to learn effectively from this teaching method17. Listening skills - how to understand what lecturers say and how they say it18. Note-taking in lectures - how to refine what you hear into note form19. Co-operative learning - how to study successfully with others20. Participating in a team - how to make a contribution when working with others 21. Laboratory sessions and field visits - how to gain hands-on experience and skills 22. Tutorials - how to prepare and participate23. Thinking critically - how to develop a logical approach to analysis and problem-solving24. The library as a resource - how to make the best use of the facilities25. Analysing and evaluating information - how to filter and select reliable material and discuss it properly26. Effective academic reading - how to efficiently and with understanding27. Note-making from texts - how to create effective notes for later reference28. Computing literacy - how to make the best use of computers and software in your learning29. E-learning - how to make the most of online teaching30. Number crunching - how to solve problems in arithmetic and algebra31. Interpreting and presenting data - how to understand and produce graphs, tables and basic statistics 32. Shaping up in maths - how to use basic geometry and trigonometry to solve spatial problemsPart D - A toolkit for improving your academic writing33. Tackling writing assignments - how to get started34. Academic writing format - how to organise your writing within a standard format35. Planning writing assignments - how to respond to the task36. Citing and listing references - how to refer appropriately to the work of others37. Plagiarism and copyright - how to avoid being accused of 'stealing' the ideas and work of others infringement 38. Academic writing style - how to adopt appropriate language conventions39. Shaping your text - how to create effective sentences and paragraphs40. Improving your grammar - how to avoid some common errors41. Better punctuation - how to use punctuation marks appropriately42. better spelling - how to spell competently43. Enhancing your vocabulary - how to develop your word power 44. Editing and proof-reading - how to make sure that your writing makes sense45. Presentation of assignments - how to follow the appropriate academic conventionsPart E - A toolkit for performing well in assessed coursework46. Assessment at university - how tests and examinations work47. Multiple-choice and short-answer questions - how to tackle short answer formats48. Numerical questions - how to approach quantitative problems49. Essay-style assessments - how to maximise your marks50. Tutorial assessment - how to make your contribution count51. Assessment of practical and laboratory work - how to improve your marks52. Tackling a dissertation or project - how to make the best possible start 53. Choosing a dissertation or research topic - how to decide on a them for your investigation 54. Writing a proposal - how to structure a successful dissertation or research proposal55. Principles of quantitative research - how to obtain and analyse numerical information 56. Principles of qualitative research - how to obtain and analyse descriptive information 57. Ethics in researching and reporting - how to follow good research practice58. Report-writing - how to select and shape your content appropriately59. Literature Surveys - how to conduct and write up a literature survey62. Exploiting feedback - how to understand and learn from what lecturers write on your work and exam scriptsPart F - A toolkit for succeeding in exams63. Physical and mental preparation - how to gear up for exams64. Creating a revision timetable - how to get yourself organised for exam study65. Revision tips - how to build understanding through active learning66. Memory tips and techniques - how to develop tools and strategies for remembering information and ideas67. Focussing your revision - how to make full use of learning objectives, past papers and other assessment information68. Study buddies - how to work with fellow students to improve the revision experience69. Improving your exam performance - how to avoid common pitfalls70. Exam strategies how to ensure you have the appropriate tactics71. Combating exam nerves - how to reduce anxiety and perform well under pressurePart G - A toolkit for the future72. Planning for a career - how to focus on your future73. Assessing yourself - how to evaluate your skills, qualities, motivations and values74. Your curriculum vitae - how to describe yourself to potential employers75. Kick-starting your career - how to find suitable job vacancies and apply for them