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Study Skills Book, The 4th edition

Study Skills Book, The 4th edition

Paperback by McMillan, Kathleen; Weyers, Jonathan

Study Skills Book, The

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Publication Date:
20 Jul 2021
4th edition / English
Pearson Education Limited
472 pages
For delivery:
Estimated despatch 17 - 18 Apr 2024
Study Skills Book, The


Is there a secret to successful study? The answer is 'Yes!' The Study Skills Book is an indispensable resource for university students at any level or ability who want to build confidence, improve performance, and succeed in their studies and beyond... Clear and comprehensive, The Study Skills Book covers all types of academic writing, independent learning, research, revision and exam sitting. Using tried and tested tools and techniques to help students find an individual learning style that works best for their needs, this book is every student's essential guide to the evolving university. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new approaches to ensure students can succeed in any circumstance. New and updated topics include: Blended and online learning - how to use these methods effectively Lectures and tutorials - what is expected and how to prepare Essays and dissertations - the best way to plan well-structured coursework Writing and research techniques - developing the skills to meet academic standards Exam revision - performing well under pressure Time management - meeting deadlines and managing focus Well-being, stress and mental health - increasing mindfulness and a growth mindset Development and career planning - how to strengthen employability chances Dr Kathleen McMillan's career as an academic spans a lifetime of helping students to succeed at every level and in a wide range of topics. She has a deep understanding of the learning and study challenges that students meet at university, whether they are UK or international students at undergraduate or postgraduate level. She uses this experience to provide practical solutions and examples for most common problems in an accessible and engaging no-nonsense style. With smart tips, information, and query boxes, as well as practical tips at the end of each section, students will find answers to every question they have about learning, researching, writing, and revising. Study smarter with The Study Skills Book.


INTRODUCTION 1. How to use this book 2. What university involves PART 1: CARING FOR YOURSELF Adapting to university life 3. Money matters - tips for university 4. Time management 5. Well-being, stress and mental health PART 2: DEVELOPING CORE UNIVERSITY STUDY SKILLS Learning for university 6. Studying for yourself 7. Understanding learning and thinking 8. Digital and blended learning Learning from listening 9. Active listening for lectures 10. Modern and traditional lectures Learning from source material 11. Successful academic reading 12. The library as a resource Learning to develop your understanding 13. Analysing and evaluating information 14. Notes for study purposes 15. Thinking critically 16. Reflective skills Learning with others 17. Cooperative learning 18. Tutorials 19. Participating in a team 20. Laboratory sessions and field visits Learning from data 21. Interpreting and presenting data PART 3: DEVELOPING ACADEMIC WRITING Preparing for writing 22. Tackling writing assignments 23. Academic writing format 24. Planning writing assignments Adopting an academic style 25. Academic writing style 26. Shaping your text 27. Citing and referencing 28. Plagiarism Presenting written work 29. Reviewing, editing and proofreading 30. Presentation of assignments PART 4: PERFORMING WELL IN COURSE ASSIGNMENTS Understanding assessment methods 31. Assessment at university 32. Multiple-choices and short-answer questions 33. Numerical questions 34. Essay-style assessments 35. Tutorial assessment 36. Assessments of practical laboratory work Tackling research-based assessments 37. Choosing a dissertation or research topic 38. Tackling a dissertation or project 39. Ethics in researching and reporting Presenting research results 40. Report writing 41. Literature reviews 42. Poster presentations 43. Spoken presentation 44. Learning from assessment feedback PART 5: SUCCEEDING IN EXAMS Preparing for exams 45. Priming yourself for exams 46. Creating a revision timetable 47. Revision tips 48. Memory tips and techniques 49. Directing your revision 50. Study partnership Tackling exams 51. Exam-day strategies 52. Doing your best in exams 53. Exam stress PART 6: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Thinking about 'graduateness' 54. Reviewing your graduate skills and attributes 55. Planning for a career PART 7: QUICK REFERENCE Essential writing skills 56. Refreshing your grammar 57. Refreshing your punctuation and spelling 58. Enriching your vocabulary Essential numerical skills 59. Refreshing number work 60. Refreshing core Maths Appendix: Student resources References and further reading Index

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