Essential Study Skills

Essential Study Skills : The Complete Guide to Success at University

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Do you want to do better at university? Whether you're a student wanting to improve their study skills or a lecturer who wants to give their students a helping hand with their work, this book is for you. Essential Study Skills is a proven guide for every student wanting to achieve success at university. Packed with study tips and handy activities, this study skills handbook shows you step-by-step how to study effectively and make the best of your time - whatever level you're at. Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature student, or an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, you'll find out how to: -Sail through those tricky first weeks -Get the most out of lectures by understanding how you learn -Learn techniques for academic writing and research -Pass exams with flying colours -Stay cool and cope with stress. Practical and interactive, this edition features three brand new chapters to arm you with even more essential skills including how to produce a dissertation, planning your career and focussing on building relationships with lecturers and other students to help you get ahead. Also launching with this new edition is an improved and expanded companion website. Don't miss the extensive range of guidance and resources for both students and tutors, including downloadable templates, practice exercises and other tools for students to use in both their preparation and their actual work. Tom Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development at London Metropolitan University Sandra Sinfield is Academic Leader in Learning Development at London Metropolitan University.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 182 x 228 x 26mm | 821g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 1446203255
  • 9781446203255
  • 130,660

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'This book will help any student gain confidence in their ability to write and argue effectively when completing work for submission' - Karen Sneddon, Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University 'A well written and superbly structured book. I found this book to be extremely useful for both students and teachers alike. There are some excellent tips and activities in addition to extenstive support material. A book that you can dip in and out of at your leisure' - Mrs Ruth Baxter, Education , Blackburn College An excellent resource for both lecturers and students - Mr David Ellicott, Gyuidance, Youth Studies & Youth Justice, Nottingham Trent University 'A great book to keep close to you while you develop during your degree. You're not expected to be perfect after years of practice, let alone after a single term in your fresher year. This book helps you to understand that, yet at the same time helps you strive to bring out your best at all times' -The University Blog

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Table of contents

Overview Introduction Succeeding at university: quick steps to success Places to go and things to do Make sense of your course Study Techniques and Learning Effectively How to learn effectively Get organised for independent study Computers: Any place, anywhere, any time - Debbie Holley How to succeed in group work How to interact and build relationships at University How to survive academic reading: targeted research and active reading How to make the best notes Creative strategies and Learning Effectively How to be creative in your learning How to think effectively: analytical and critical thinking Communicating Effectively in Assignments How to write better assignments How to prevent plagiarism How to overcome writing blocks and become a confident writer How to write great essays How to produce excellent reports How to write a brilliant dissertation How to deliver excellent presentations How to run your own seminars and workshops Emotional Dimension How to deal with your emotions Reflective Learning Reflective learning and the learning log! Memory and effective revision How to understand and pass exams Personal Development Planning (PDP): becoming who you want to be - Christine Keenan Moving on: What to do when you finish university

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About Tom Burns

In a previous life Tom Burns led the Hainault Action Group, setting up adventure playgrounds for young people and devising Community Events and Festivals for the local community. Tom has always been interested in theatre and the role of theatre in teaching and learning; whilst still a student at Essex University he set up and ran the first ever International Dario Fo Festival - with academic symposium, theatre workshops for students and local people - and full dramatic performances by the Fo-Rame theatre troupe of The Tiger's Tale and The Boss's Funeral. Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the Association for Learning Development in HE and the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning . Working in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at London Metropolitan University, along with Sandra Sinfield he develops teaching and learning resources, including the launch of the Get Ahead student conferences - a programme of events designed to promote student success that are run by and for students - and their 'Tell us the secret of your success' project, which produced a whole range of creative prod-ucts including a website built by students passing on their study secrets and a student video, 'The Z-A of university'. Sandra Sinfield has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copy writer, an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors) and in the voluntary sector, including with the Tower Hamlets Information Research and Resource Centre and with the Islington Green School Community Play written by Alan Whose Life is it Anyway? Clarke and pro-duced at Sadler's Wells. Sandra is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the Association for Learning Development in HE and the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning . Working in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at London Metropolitan University, along with Tom Burns she develops teaching and learning resources, including the launch of the Get Ahead student conferences - a programme of events designed to promote student success that are run by and for students - and their 'Tell us the secret of your success' project, which produced a whole range of creative prod-ucts including a website built by students passing on their study secrets and a student video, 'The Z-A of university'.

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