The Exam Skills Handbook: Achieving Peak Performance

The Exam Skills Handbook: Achieving Peak Performance

Paperback Palgrave Study Skills

By (author) Stella Cottrell

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 188mm x 14mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 22 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230358543
  • ISBN 13: 9780230358546
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 8 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 93,613

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Provides an easy-to-follow set of strategies and techniques that build to a plan for achieving your best possible exam performance. It gives practical step-by-step guidance in long-term planning for optimal performance through to last minute revision strategies. This fully updated, two-colour edition includes two brand new chapters.

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Stella Cottrell is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London, UK. This position sees a return to the University of East London for Stella where she previously spent ten years working in educational development. Prior to her current position, Stella was Director for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK. She has an international reputation for teaching and learning with her publications for staff and students being used by universities and colleges around the world. First published in 1999, The Study Skills Handbook is now in its 4th edition and has sold more than 3/4 million copies worldwide. Stella has authored a number of other bestselling study skills guides as part of the Palgrave Study Skills series including Critical Thinking Skills and The Palgrave Student Planner. Palgrave's interactive e-learning study skills resource, skills4studycampus, is also based on her work.

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Reviews for the 1st edition: 'I was a last minute crammer and it really helped me with how to maintain a strong attitude in my preparation, managing your demons and performing well on the day. The tips were excellent guides. What I particularly found useful was the page cross referencing system through out the chapters, so rather than reading the book cover to cover you would just access the bits you needed when you needed them. Quick, fast and to the point. It also had very useful guides on what to expect when stressed and how to cope with that. The section on the '5 point plan for peak performance' was my starting point and a life-saver, it got me through my exams. The book delivers what it says on the tin.' - Amazon review 'In no way difficult, this book is useful, relevant and concise. A must for any college or university student, plus an absolute bargain price' - Amazon review

Table of contents

Introduction Where Do I Start? Getting in 'The Zone' 1: Planning For Peak Performance Getting in 'The Zone' 2: Frames Of Mind For Peak Performance Exam Myths and Realities What Are Examiners Looking For? Managing Different Types of Exams Multiple Choice Questions Revision Strategies Memory: Remembering What We Want When We Need It Structured Revision Sessions Managing Stress Getting in 'The Zone' 3: Seeing Success The Exam Multiple Choice Question Exams (MCQs) Managing Different Types of Exams Appendix 1: Alternative Arrangements for Students with Disabilities Appendix 2: Might I Be Dyslexic? Appendix 3: Sources of Help Appendix 4: 5 Point Plan for Peak Performance Appendix 5: Planning Checklists Appendix 6: Tracking Developments in an Area of Research References Index