Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Education - 248 pages
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Do you want to make the most of your time at university? Beginning University shows you how to develop the skills you need in order to succeed at university and later on.

Step by step, the authors explain how to think critically, create an argument and present your ideas well both in writing and in oral presentations. They show you how to read effectively and take good notes, and how to plan your work. They also look at how to get the most out of your lectures and tutorials, and give you handy research tips. Questions and activities at the end of each chapter help you practise what you have learnt.

Beginning University provides a head start to studying at university and can be used by students in any subject. Don't wait till it's too late!
 

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Contents

All about universities
13
Learning at university level
25
Critical thinking
45
argument
63
exposition
79
Effective reading
93
In and out of class
107
Academic genres
125
finding resources
149
using resources
162
the basics
176
Improving your written style
189
Effective oral presentations
206
Taking it with you
227
Appendixes
233
Endnotes
242

Planning an assignment
135

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About the author (1999)

Andrew Wallace is Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts at the Gladstone campus of CQU. Tony Schirato is Head of the School of Communications and Media Studies at the Rockhampton campus of CQU. Philippa Bright is Faculty Coordinator, Informatics and Communication at the Sydney International Campus of Central Queensland University.

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