An accessible guide to the most important skills a student needs to succeed on any undergraduate or diploma course. This book will give the reader a sound understanding of how they can get the most out of their abilities and apply this to their studies. It will provide instantaneous answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of academic skills.
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Brilliant Study Skills
Introduction: You are here
Part 1: Getting yourself ready
Chapter 1: Getting ahead of the game
Chapter 2: Gearing up
Chapter 3: Coping with new learning demands.
Part 2: Who are you?
Chapter 4: Who do you think you are?
Chapter 5: Ways to stop wasting time
Chapter 6: Stresses, pressures and how to respond to them
Chapter 7: Finding out the type of learning you prefer
Chapter 8: Choosing how to study
Part 3: Developing the necessary academic skills
Chapter 9 Getting full value from lectures
Chapter 10: Listening and learning
Chapter 11: Listening and taking notes
Chapter 12: The complexities and benefits of teamwork
Chapter 13: The tutorial way of getting involved
Chapter 14: The essence and importance of critical thinking
Chapter 15: Libraries are more than collections of books.
Chapter 16: Taking an active approach to information
Chapter 17: Learning how to read
Chapter 18: Turning reading into notes
Part 4: Developing the necessary writing skills
Chapter 19: Getting started with academic writing
Chapter 20: The bare bones of academic writing structures
Chapter 21: How to create a plan
Chapter 22: Quotations, citations, references and bibliographies
Chapter 23: Never ever plagiarise
Chapter 24: The conventions of academic writing
Chapter 25: The basics of sentences and paragraphs
Chapter 26: The importance of the post-writing phases
Chapter 27: The elements and advantages of good presentation
Part 5: Developing the necessary research and dissertation skills
Chapter 28: Understanding the special approaches needed for dissertations and projects
Chapter 29: Deciding what to write about
Chapter 30: How to prepare and submit a proposal
Chapter 31: Choosing the type of research for your assignment
Chapter 32: Understanding the need for an ethical approach to your research
Chapter 33: The forms, features and functions of reports
Chapter 34: How to find, list and analyse the literature of your chosen topic
Chapter 35: Making the most of feedback
Part 6: Developing the necessary examination skills
Chapter 36: Exams and other assessments
Chapter 37: Getting your mind and body ready for exams
Chapter 38: Revising and active learning
Chapter 39: Training yourself to remember information
Chapter 40: Using all the revision resources
Chapter 41: How to perform well under pressure
Chapter 42: How to improve your exam technique
Conclusion: You know where youre going
Be brilliant at university and develop the study skills that you need to get the most out of your course
Brilliant Study Skills is an accessible, practical guide to the most important and essential study skills that any student needs to master to succeed on any university course.
Brilliant Study Skills will help you to develop the essential study skills and strategies that you will need throughout your entire time at university, showing you how to:
· Understand and cope with new independent learning demands
· How to recognise and respond to stresses and pressures
· Discover and develop your personal learning style
· Choose how and where you study best
· How to listen and take notes effectively in lectures
· Recognise the complexities and benefits of teamwork
· Develop your critical thinking and analytical skills
· Turn your reading and research into effective notes
· Get started with successful academic writing
· Understand quotations, citations, references and bibliographies
· Understand and avoid plagiarism
· Develop the special approaches needed for dissertations and projects
· Train yourself to remember information
· Improve your exam technique
This book will give you a sound grounding on what the whole business of being a student is about, and provides instantaneous, easily accessible practical advice and guidance on all of the most important academic skills that you will need to develop to get the most out of your course and maximise your final grade.
Bill Kirton is an experienced lecturer and writer who most recently held the post of Royal Literary Fund Writing fellow at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews, where he specialised in helping students across all subjects in developing their literary and academic writing and research skills.
Jonathan Weyers and Kathleen McMillan both work at the University of Dundee. Both have been teaching and lecturing for over 25 years and latterly have specialised in the transferable skills area. They have a track record (including with us in the Practical Skills series) of collaborative writing and achievement in this area.