Study skills

The Complete Study Skills Guide
by Dr Catherine Dawson
ISBN-10: 1845284453

This book is aimed at college and university students, adult learners and students on correspondence and distance learning courses.

It provides a comprehensive guide to study skills and includes interesting case studies, quotations, exercises and useful tips, along with information about study skills websites, software and online tools.

All students can learn how to study. It is not a skill reserved for the select few. This book provides information, guidance and advice so that all students can discover how to study and improve the marks on their course.



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The Complete Study Skills Guide - Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Developing your learning skills

  1. Understanding how to learn
    Becoming a reflective learner
    Training your body and mind to learn
    Recognising your learning style
    Improving concentration and memory
    Using your brain effectively
    Using memory and brain improvement tools
    Overcoming problems with learning

CHAPTER 2: Learning to be organised

  1. Managing your time
    Juggling work, study and play
    Completing coursework and meeting deadlines
    Preparing a study plan
    Using task and time management software
    Overcoming organisation problems
    Maximising productivity

CHAPTER 3: Enhancing your reading skills

  1. Preparing for academic reading
    Developing your academic reading
    Improving reading speed
    Improving understanding
    Organising and recording your reading

CHAPTER 4: Improving your English language skills

  1. Improving your spelling
    Knowing how to punctuate
    Developing your grammatical skills
    Improving your vocabulary
    Seeking and receiving help

CHAPTER 5: Enhancing your writing skills

  1. Writing at the correct level and pitch
    Developing a concise writing style
    Structuring essays and assignments
    Editing and proofreading
    Overcoming writer's block

CHAPTER 6: Taking effective notes

  1. Taking notes from books and journals
    Taking notes from online sources
    Using online note-taking applications
    Taking notes in lectures and seminars
    Organising your paper notes
    Organising your electronic notes
    Understanding plagiarism
    Understanding copyright

CHAPTER 7: Improving your listening skills

  1. Becoming an active listener
    Improving your listening skills in lectures and seminars
    Effective listening in group-work
    Listening to tutor feedback
    Listening to research participants
    Using audio devises in research
    Using audio devises in lectures and classes

CHAPTER 8: Developing your thinking skills

  1. Understanding how we think
    Developing thoughts and imagination
    Learning how to question
    Solving problems
    Hypothesising and theorising
    Reasoning inductively and deductively
    Recognising bias
    Critiquing and reviewing

CHAPTER 9: Studying independently

  1. Planning your independent study
    Knowing where to start
    Conducting library research
    Conducting online research
    Organising, managing and storing information
    Remaining motivated

CHAPTER 10: Improving your scientific skills

  1. Reading scientific material
    Questioning scientific information
    Understanding charts, tables and graphs
    Knowing about the scientific method
    Conducting experiments
    Improving your skills of observation
    Writing scientific reports and papers
    Using science software and online tools

CHAPTER 11: Improving your mathematical skills

  1. Calculating averages and percentages
    Using fractions
    Making use of statistics
    Using mathematical diagrams
    Questioning numerical information
    Coping with problem sheets
    Taking mathematical tests
    Using mathematical software and online tools

CHAPTER 12: Using information technology

  1. Making the most of IT equipment and facilities
    Using the internet at college and university
    Networking and communicating
    Managing and storing folders and documents
    Using databases
    Using spreadsheets
    Keeping safe

Chapter 13: Using e-learning technologies

  1. Making the most of e-learning facilities and support
    Making the most of virtual learning environments
    Improving computing skills
    Improving online learning skills
    Learning from podcasts, blogs and wikis
    Understanding safety issues
    Understanding netiquette

Chapter 14: Getting the most out of lectures, seminars, tutorials and classes

  1. Preparing for lectures, seminars, tutorials and classes
    Taking notes effectively
    Using technology to record lectures
    Improving concentration
    Knowing when and how to question
    Reviewing and evaluating
    Editing and organising notes
    Working with your tutor

Chapter 15: Working in groups

  1. Improving your group communication skills
    Planning your group-work
    Producing group assignments
    Understanding group roles
    Recognising effective and ineffective groups
    Coping with difficult group members
    Enhancing your group experience

Chapter 16: Undertaking projects

  1. Knowing about the different types of project work
    Planning your project
    Structuring your project
    Managing your project
    Presenting your work
    Working on your own
    Working with other students

Chapter 17: Conducting social research

  1. Beginning a research project
    Choosing a research methodology
    Choosing research methods
    Using questionnaires
    Interviewing people
    Conducting focus groups
    Analysing data

Chapter 18: Writing a long report or dissertation

  1. Knowing about structure and style
    Using statistics, facts, opinions and arguments
    Using personal experiences
    Presenting data
    Editing and proof-reading
    Presenting your work
    Producing references and a bibliography
    Using bibliographic software
    Improving your marks

Chapter 19: Passing examinations

  1. Revising effectively
    Using online revision tools
    Preparing for an exam
    Taking an exam
    Improving exam marks
    Coping with stress

Chapter 20: Passing tests

  1. Preparing for and taking written tests
    Preparing for and taking oral tests
    Preparing for and taking open book tests
    Preparing for and taking online tests
    Preparing for and taking multiple choice tests
    Overcoming anxiety

Chapter 21: Improving your presentation skills

  1. Presenting a seminar
    Presenting at conferences
    Using visual aids
    Using presentation software
    Producing hand-outs
    Overcoming nervese

Chapter 22: Increasing your chances of success

  1. Maintaining health
    Coping with stress
    Creating a working environment
    Gathering resources
    Setting goals
    Building motivation
    Gaining transferable skills

Appendix 1

  1. Study skills tips

Appendix 2: Study skills support

  1. Using learner support units
    Enrolling on study support sessions
    Enrolling on training courses
    Obtaining IT support
    Obtaining disability support

Appendix 3: Study skills software

  1. Free open source software packages
    Free online note-taking applications
    Reading and writing support
    Bibliographic software
    Revision tools
    Online presentation tools and software

Appendix 4

  1. Study skills websites

Appendix 5

  1. Study skills books

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