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Developing Essential Study Skills
There is an increasing trend in Universities and Colleges towards independent learning, so moving towards independence in studying as quickly as possible is a major key to success. This practical book and the accompanying online course are aimed at helping you improve your skills, develop a personal development portfolio and become a more independent learner, empowering you to study more effectively and efficiently.
Online course materials are provided for free with the book and accompany every chapter, allowing the reader to practice, improve and monitor their skills development as they go. Features include:
Textbook features enable you to learn how to do things quickly, to practice skills until they have improved and to identify whether you have achieved what the chapter intended. They include:
Learning Outcomes (the ‘map’ you can look at to decide whether you possess a particular study skill at a sufficient level of proficiency).
More of a new book than a new edition:
PART ONE - DEVELOPING STUDY SKILLS
Chapter 1 - Learning to learn
How do we learn?
University or college learning
Factors that influence learning
Building on learning strengths and overcoming blockages to learning
Chapter 3 - Employability
Conduct a self analysis
Explore the career options
Developing a curriculum vitae (CV)
Preparing for an interview
Chapter 4 - Reading for study
Why are you reading?
What happens when you read?
Ways of reading
Selecting reading material
Other useful techniques
How to read faster
Critically evaluative reading
Chapter 5 - Communication
The process of interpersonal communication
Words that are often confused
Active or passive voice?
Transitional words and phrases
Chapter 6 - Making notes
Why make notes?
Ways of making notes
Making notes from text
Making notes in lectures
Making notes from a group discussion
Abbreviations and symbols
Chapter 7 - Working with numbers
Making data easier to handle
Describing the data with pictures
Describing the data – numerical summaries
Answers to exercises
Chapter 8 - Information technology skills
Some terms defined
Organising your work
Word processing software - Word
Spreadsheet software – Excel
Presentation software - Powerpoint
Answers to exercises
Chapter 9 - Researching and obtaining information
A systematic approach to information gathering
Other sources of secondary information
Evaluation of information
When to stop collecting secondary information
Primary Data Collection
Analysis of data
Answers to exercises
Chapter 12 - Managing stress
What is stress?
Some consequences of stress
Causes of stress
Specific stress associated with being a student
Manage your time
PART TWO - DEVELOPING ASSESSMENT SKILLS
Presentation of assessments
Chapter 14 - Presentations
Purposes of presentations
Creating a presentation using Powerpoint
Chapter 15 - Essay writing
Analyse the essay title
Finding your material
Making an essay plan or outline
Producing a rough draft
Developing Essential Study Skills 2nd edition
The time spent at university offers great potential for change. Being able to study effectively will allow you to gain more enjoyment and fulfilment from the changes that you will encounter. Aimed at students starting university, this book and accompanying Online Resources will give you the skills that you need to cope with the different expectations of study at a Higher Education level.
There is an increasing trend in universities and colleges towards independent learning, so moving towards independence in studying as quickly as possible is a major key to success. This practical book is aimed at helping you become a more independent learner, which will empower you to study more effectively and efficiently.
It concentrates on the trends towards self-learning and takes an 'active learning' approach within the text.
Straightforward language and a pragmatic approach make this an ideal book for pre-university students, those just starting university and for those studying in the UK for the first time. This is a ‘how to do it’ book based on years of knowledge, experience and practice that will enable you to achieve success in your studies.
Elaine Payne and Lesley Whittaker are both at Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University. They have taught an innovative skills programme for many years.