Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University / Edition 2

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The eagerly-awaited new edition of the successful Essential Study Skills continues to provide a truly practical guide to achieving success at university.

Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature student, or an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, this is the book that will help you to better understand how you learn, gain a clear idea of your strengths and areas for development, organise yourself for study, write and research academically, pass exams, and cope with stress at university.

Now completely revised and restructured, in this book Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield use their twenty-five years of hands-on experience with students in university to provide genuinely useful advice.

Key features of the new edition:

- 12 new chapters for coverage of everything a student needs to know, including: computer skills, becoming a confident writer, note-taking, how to build your memory, and the new Personal Development Plan.

- Packed with handy tips, real-life examples and useful activities.

- A brand new companion website with extensive material to support students in their quest for academic success.

With its easy-to-use dip in, dip out structure, helpful features, and lively and engaging writing style, students will find Essential Study Skills an essential companion in helping them to meet the challenges of studying at university.

Tom Burns is a Visiting Lecturer at the London Metropolitan University. Sandra Sinfield is Academic Leader in Learning Development at the London Metropolitan University.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412945851
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Sage Study Skills Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Guided tour

List of Tables

List of Figures

I Background 1

1 Going to University 10

2 How universities work 21

3 How to understand your course 38

II Learning Effectively 47

4 How to learn effectively 49

5 How to organise yourself for independent study 63

6 How to use computers and e-learning to support your learning 80

7 How to succeed in group work 98

8 How to be creative in your learning 110

9 How to deal with your emotions 120

10 How to be a reflective learner 139

11 How to research and read academically 151

12 How to make the best notes 169

III Communicating Effectively 181

13 How to become a confident writer 183

14 How to write great essays 209

15 How to write a great reflective essay and a brilliant research project 223

16 How to produce excellent reports 236

17 How to deliver excellent presentations 248

18 How to run and participate in seminars 263

IV Effective Revision, Exams and PDP 271

19 How to build your memory and revise effectively 273

20 How to understand and pass exams 281

21 How to make the most of Personal Development Planning (PDP) 298

Index 315

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