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Essential Study Skills

Essential Study Skills
The Complete Guide to Success at University

Fifth Edition
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312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Packed with study tips, activities, templates and quotes from students, this is your essential guide to university, showing you step-by-step how to study effectively and make the best of your time at university. Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature, 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
  • Effectively work with others in groups, seminars and workshops
  • Write assignments and pass exams with flying colours
  • Build your CV and plan your next steps after graduation.

New to this edition is content on how to thrive at university, learn and research digitally, and how to develop your employability skills.

Part I: The Starter Kit
How To Learn, How to Study
How To Survive and Thrive
Part II: The Survival Kit
How To Enjoy Academic Reading
How To Make the Best Notes
How To Be Analytical and Critical
How To Be Reflective
How To Get On In Groups
How To Become an Excellent Digital Scholar
Part III: The Big Assessment Toolkit: Assessments – How To Excel
University Assessment and How to Succeed
How To Reference and Avoid Plagiarism
How To Write Great Essays
How To Produce Excellent Reports
How To Devise and Deliver Excellent Presentations
How To Revise For and Pass Exams
PART IV: The Employability Kit


SAGE Study Skills Hub
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Tom Burns

Tom Burns, always interested in theatre and the arts and their role in teaching and learning, led the Hainault Action Group setting up adventure playgrounds and devising Community Events and Festivals for the local community. Whilst still a student Tom set up and ran the first International Dario Fo Festival – with 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 Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Learning Development actively involved in the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (www... More About Author

Sandra Sinfield

Sandra Sinfield has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copywriter, an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors) and in the voluntary sector with the Tower Hamlets 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 Education and Learning Development actively involved in the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education ( Some time ago she, along with Tom Burns, developed the student-facing Study Hub ( and... More About Author