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The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education

The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education

by Linda Pritchard, Leila Roberts


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ISBN-13: 9780335217731
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Linda Pritchard has worked in higher education institutions for a number of years. Initially she worked in academic libraries helping students develop their research skills. She now provides information, advice and guidance to adults who are interested in higher education. Linda has also been involved in developing and teaching study skills courses for students considering higher education. All of this experience has given her a great deal of insight into the needs and concerns of mature students as they consider and embark on higher education courses.

Leila Roberts has worked in several university and college careers services. Currently she lectures in higher education and her field includes careers education and study skills. One of her most rewarding projects was to write and teach successful short courses which enabled students of all ages and backgrounds gain entry into higher education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     x
Introduction     1
Why study?     4
Introduction     4
Personal values     5
Motivation to study     5
Dealing with change     8
Self-reflection     9
Benefits of study     10
What does learning mean?     13
Learning styles     13
What next?     15
Barriers to study and how to overcome them     16
Introduction     16
What are the barriers?     17
Managing change     23
Dealing with anxiety     26
What next?     27
Preparation for study     29
Introduction     29
Assessing personal skills     30
What skills will you need when you study for a degree?     33
Organisational skills     33
Communication skills     33
Listening skills     34
Teamwork     35
Presentation skills     35
Problem solving     36
Time management     36
Task management     38
Independent learning     38
Memory skills     39
Critical and creative thinking     39
What next?     41
Study skills     42
Introduction     42
Researching information     43
Referencing and bibliographies     44
Reading skills     45
Taking notes     46
Essay writing     49
Revision skills     53
Exam skills     54
Assessment     54
What next?     55
Why higher education?     56
Introduction     56
Types of higher education institutions     57
Expansion of higher education     58
What are the benefits of doing a degree?     59
Types of degree courses     60
How degree courses are organized     63
Learning and teaching methods     65
What next?     70
Student finance     71
Introduction     71
How much?     72
Full-time study     72
Part-time study     75
Distance learning     75
Exemptions     75
Special help available     76
A word about debt     80
Budgeting      80
What next?     84
Choosing a course and university     85
Introduction     85
Where to start     86
How to find out about courses and universities     86
Course choice - what's available?     90
University choice     96
What next?     100
Preparation courses for higher education     101
Introduction     101
Accreditation     102
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) tariff     102
Preparatory courses for higher education     103
Other ways to prepare for higher education     107
How to apply     110
Full-time study     110
Part-time study     113
Other conditions of the application process     114
What next?     115
Getting ready for the start of term     116
Introduction     116
Getting ready     117
The first week     121
What next?     122
Keeping going to the end     123
Introduction     123
Student support services     124
Disability support     124
Mature student support      124
Writing support     125
Student finance advisers     125
Childcare facilities     126
Students' union     126
Welfare advice     126
Counselling and guidance     127
Academic tutors     127
Careers service     127
Spiritual support     127
Health centre     128
It's all going wrong     128
Keeping motivated     129
Coping strategies     131
What next?     131
Career prospects     132
Introduction     132
What is a graduate job?     132
Improving your career prospects     134
Being confident     141
Summary     143
Further information     143
How to get further advice     144
Recommended reading     152
Bibliography     155
Index     157

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