Brilliant Study Skills

Prentice Hall
Bill Kirton  
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May 2010
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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.


  • Study skills advice on the areas all students need to master

  • Practical, directive guidance for easy application to undergraduate and diploma courses

  • Accessible answers to specific questions for support through quick reference

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Table of Contents

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 you’re going



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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.

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