How to Be a Student: 100 Great Ideas and Practical Habits for Students Everywhere

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How to Be a Student helps students to tackle a wide range

of challenges and opportunities associated with life at college.

It provides 100 actionable reflections, ideas, strategies, and

tactics that can help readers to make the most of their time in

college, such as developing study rituals, getting help when it’s

needed, getting to know librarians and lurking in the library,

reading, and being a critical learner.

Sarah Moore is the dean of teaching and learning at the

University of Limerick, in Ireland.

Maura Murphy manages and administers teaching and learning

initiatives at the University of Limerick.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335216529
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/16/2005
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Moore is the dean of teaching and learning at the

University of Limerick, in Ireland.

Maura Murphy manages and administers teaching and learning

initiatives at the University of Limerick.

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Table of Contents

1 Remembering that humans are designed to learn 3
2 Not letting money issues get in the way 4
3 Being strict about part-time work 5
4 Developing study rituals 7
5 Having a calendar and an appointments diary 9
6 Preparing to be disillusioned 10
7 Turning up to your lectures 11
8 Getting your learning abilities checked 12
9 Getting help when you need it 13
10 Preventing small obstacles from becoming big problems 14
11 Being the first to admit when you don't understand 15
12 Decorating your study space 16
13 Buying a dictionary and a thesaurus 17
14 Organizing your study materials and learning resources 18
15 Regular 'study snacks' are better than occasional 'study binges' 19
16 Understanding boredom 20
17 Developing your own personal coding system 23
18 Phoning home 24
19 Talking to others about your study tasks 25
20 Setting better study goals 27
21 Always having someone know where you are 29
22 Having a social life that supports your learning 30
23 Accepting that bureaucracy is just part of life 32
24 Getting regular exercise 34
25 Eating wisely 35
26 Drinking 37
27 Sleeping enough (but not too much) 39
28 Breathing properly 40
29 Posture and positioning 41
30 Love, friendship and sex 42
31 Understanding the downside of being connected and available 47
32 Finding the zone between resignation and anger when you're staring problems in the face 48
33 Not treating learning as a competition 49
34 Recording your study habits 50
35 Remembering that lecturers and tutors are human too 53
36 Recognizing that information is not knowledge 54
37 Realizing that students are not customers 55
38 Spotting the signs that you need to take a break 56
39 Watching out for study drift 57
40 Knowing whether you are a natural introvert or a natural extravert and adjusting your study strategies accordingly 58
41 Understanding and controlling knee-jerk reactions to stress 59
42 Keeping a learning diary 61
43 Knowing about clashes in habits, cultures and ways of doing things 62
44 How you feel impacts on how well you learn 64
45 Remembering that people thought Einstein was a slow learner 66
46 Benefiting from the fact that students are different from one another 67
47 Just doing it 71
48 Focusing on what you can do now 72
49 Recognizing that deadlines don't have to ruin your life 73
50 Interrogating your lecturers and your tutors 74
51 Getting to know your librarians and lurking in the library 76
52 Not being too hard on yourself 77
53 Not being too easy on yourself 78
54 Being brave 78
55 Using all of your brain 79
56 Being more creative 80
57 Playing 80
58 Rewarding and celebrating when things go right 82
59 Understanding different kinds of reaction to feedback 83
60 Getting negative feedback 84
61 Getting positive feedback 85
62 Choosing the feedback you want 86
63 Making presentations 88
64 Not comparing yourself with others 89
65 Checking rumours before acting on them 91
66 Playing to your strengths 92
67 Hoping and persisting 92
68 Controlling worry 93
69 Realizing that you'll never be able to keep everyone happy 94
70 Knowing that it's impossible to be perfect but it's always possible to improve 97
71 Paying attention to grammar and punctuation 97
72 Keeping track of your information sources 99
73 Knowing what plagiarism is 100
74 Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler 103
75 Learning the beauty of summaries 104
76 Having some time every day when you're doing nothing at all 104
77 Organizing study retreats 105
78 Using listening skills to help you learn better 108
79 Not jumping to conclusions 109
80 Reading 109
81 Recognizing the importance of memorizing 112
82 Learning to use memory techniques 113
83 Being a critical learner 115
84 Writing a little bit every day 116
85 Reflecting 118
86 Being generous with your lecture notes 119
87 Knowing what a literature review is and how to do one 120
88 Using images and diagrams when you're taking notes 122
89 Treating your CV as a working document 123
90 Going through the motions 124
91 Carrying a notebook everywhere you go 125
92 Finding out more 126
93 Pulling an all-nighter 127
94 Preparing practically for your exams 130
95 During exams 130
96 After exams 132
97 Avoiding snobbery 132
98 Sharing your insights 133
99 Believing in yourself 134
100 Being a student 134
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