Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University

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SAGE, 2003 - Education - 248 pages
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Essential Study Skills is designed to be the complete practical guide to academic success covering everything from what it means to be a university student to how to succeed in exams.

`The effect on our students was like star dust!' Anne Schofield, Ruskin College, Oxford, commenting on the authors' teaching

Whether you are nervous and worried about studying - or someone who is already reasonably happy with their study techniques - this book is designed to develop your potential and build your self-confidence as it takes you through all the stages of producing high quality academic work.

Essential Study Skills includes information, activities, advice and step-by-step guidelines on: people to see and places to go at college or university; organization and time management; learning and studying; targeted research and active reading; memory and learning style; revision and exam techniques; active, creative and reflective learning; successful notemaking strategies; ways of overcoming fear and building self-confidence; assessment procedures; successful communication techniques; and, the what, why and how of essays, reports, presentations, seminars and exams.

 

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Contents

How to learn and study
9
What is learning?
10
What is studying?
15
Studying and university
23
How to organise yourself for study
37
Introduction
38
Organisation and time management
39
How to research and read academically
58
From notes to creative notes
122
Patterns are best
128
Creative approaches to assignments
135
How to build your confidence
143
Fear and positive thinking
144
How to succeed in group work
164
How to prepare better assignments
175
Assessment
176

Research and reading skills
59
Targeted research and active reading
60
How to use the overview
83
the importance of the overview
84
How to pass exams
92
preparing for exams
93
putting it all together
104
And finally examination day
111
How to learn creatively
119
Why should we be creative?
120
Communication
177
The academic forms
178
How to prepare better reports
197
How to prepare better presentations
209
How to prepare better seminars
223
How to be reflective review review review
228
Reflective learning
229
Review points selfassessment
233
Index
246
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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. nbsp; 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 products 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 produced at Sadler's Wells. nbsp; 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 products including a website built by students passing on their study secrets and a student video, 'The Z-A of university'.

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