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Essential Study Skills
The Complete Guide to Success at University

Fourth Edition
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March 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Do you want to do better at university?


Packed with study tips and handy activities, Essential Study Skills is a proven guide that shows you step-by-step how to study effectively and make the best of your time at university - whatever level you're at. Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature student, or an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, you'll find out how to:

  • Sail through those tricky first weeks
  • Get the most out of lectures by understanding how you learn
  • Learn techniques for academic writing and research
  • Stay cool and cope with stress
  • Pass exams with flying colours
  • Plan your career after graduation.

Don't miss in this edition...

  • Even more tips and advice on learning methods, online learning and developing job skills - ensuring success throughout your course
  • Additional case studies and student tips to help you apply the skills you need
  • A companion website packed with toolkits and resources, to help you study smarter. 

‘An outstanding book which enables learners to actively identify, reflect and develop their ‘skills’ to enable them to succeed as life-long learners. The authors present the ‘how to’ alongside the ‘what’ of study skills to enable continuous personal development, in an accessible style.’ - Di Turgoose, Senior Lecturer, Member of the Association for Learning and Development in Higher Education

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips and resources for study success!



 
THE STARTER KIT
 
Introduction
 
How to Learn, How to Study
 
Make University Positive
 
SURVIVAL KIT
 
How to Survive Academic Reading
 
How to Make the Best Notes
 
How to be Creative and Visual in Your Learning
 
How to be Analytical and Critical
 
How to be Reflective
 
How To Get On In Groups
 
How to Harness a Digital You
 
THE BIG ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT: CRACKING ASSESSMENT
 
How to Make Sense of Your Course
 
Probably the Most Important Thing on Writing You’ll Ever Read
 
The Ten Step Approach to Better Assignments
 
How to Reference and Avoid Plagiarism
 
THE BIG ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT: ASSESSMENTS - HOW TO EXCEL
 
How to Write Great Essays
 
How to Produce Excellent Reports
 
How to Deliver Excellent Presentations
 
How to Run Your Own Seminars and Workshops
 
How to Write a Brilliant Dissertation
 
How to Revise for and Pass Exams
 
THE EMPLOYABILITY KIT
 
PDP and HEAR: Knowing Who You Are, Becoming Who You Want to Be
 
How to Move On… and Get that Job

Supplements

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Essential Study Skills comes with extensive online resources to help students apply the skills they learn in practice.  Each chapter has a range of extra materials online including journal articles, downloads and activities, and web links.  There is also an Instructors Manual for anyone teaching study skills, to accompany the book.

SAGE Study Skills hub

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

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An outstanding handbook which enables learners to actively identify, reflect and develop their ‘skills’ to enable them to succeed as life-long learners. The authors present the ‘how to’ alongside the ‘what’ of study skills to enable continuous personal development, in an accessible style. 

Di Turgoose
Senior Lecturer Criminology and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University & Member of the Association for Learning and Development in Higher Education

A great book to keep close to you while you develop during your degree. You’re not expected to be perfect after years of practice, let alone after a single term in your fresher year. This book helps you to understand that, yet at the same time helps you strive to bring out your best at all times. (review of 3rd edition)

The University Blog
The University Blog

Text is adaptable to all levels, from those who are beginners to those who just need a refresh on how to use study skills successfully.

Mrs Marcia Louise Dewar
health and social science, Bradford College
March 23, 2016

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Essential Study Skills: How to Learn, How to Study


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Tom Burns

In a previous life Tom Burns led the Hainault Action Group, setting up adventure playgrounds for young people and devising Community Events and Festivals for the local community. Tom has always been interested in theatre and the role of theatre in teaching and learning; whilst still a student at Essex University he set up and ran the first ever International Dario Fo Festival – with academic symposium, theatre workshops for students and local people – and full dramatic performances by the Fo-Rame theatre troupe of The Tiger’s Tale and The Boss’s Funeral. Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the... More About Author

Sandra Sinfield

Sandra Sinfield has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copy writer, an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors) and in the voluntary sector, including with the Tower Hamlets Information Research and Resource Centre and with the Islington Green School Community Play written by Alan Whose Life is it Anyway? Clarke and pro­duced at Sadler’s Wells.  Sandra is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the Association for Learning Development in HE and the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning . Working in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at... More About Author

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