Study Skills Handbook

ISBN-10: 0230369685

ISBN-13: 9780230369689

Edition: 2012

Authors: Stella Cottrell

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Covering everything you need to know to succeed in college, this book helps you to develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan the future you want. Its no-nonsense advice and practical activities will help you to identify those methods that work for you, making learning easier, faster and more enjoyable.
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 8/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980

Andy Rixon has worked as a social worker with children and families and in staff training and development with a particular focus on post-qualifying education for social workers. He has been at the Open University since 2006 contributing chapters to several books including Critical practice with children and young people (2010) and co-edited Changing Children's services: working and learning together (2014).Stella Cottrell is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London, UK. This position sees a return to the University of East London for Stella where she previously spent ten years working in educational development. Prior to her current position, Stella was Director for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK.She has an international reputation for teaching and learning with her publications for staff and students being used by universities and colleges around the world. First published in 1999, The Study Skills Handbook is now in its 4th edition and has sold more than � million copies worldwide. Stella has authored a number of other bestselling study skills guides as part of the Palgrave Study Skills series including Critical Thinking Skills and The Palgrave Student Planner . Palgrave's interactive e-learning study skills resource, skills4studycampus, is also based on her work.

Acknowledgments
Introducing The Study Skills Handbook
How to use The Study Skills Handbook
Where to begin
Seven approaches to learning
What do I want from college?
Starting college
What to expect in college
Independent study
Independent learning: taking control
Skills and personal development
The student's year
What is expected from you?
Anxieties and resources
Managing anxieties
What are my personal resources?
Seven things you can do at the start of college
Review
Identifying your skills
Five study-skills components
Skills and qualities you have now
Current skills and qualities
Turning personal skills into academic skills
Study skills: priorities, stage 1
Study skills: priorities, stage 2
Study skills: action plan
Monitoring skills development
Personal profiles
Transferable and soft employment skills
Turning academic skills into transferable and soft employment skills
Recording achievement
Developing a personal portfolio
Review
Intelligence and learning
"Am I smart enough for college?"
Nine different views of intelligence
What is "learning"?
Six conditions for learning
Optimal learning
Review
The C.R.E.A.M strategy for learning
Finding your creative streak
Be a professor-and other ideas
Creative learning
What is my learning style?
Reflective learning
How well am I doing?
Reflective learning journals
Virtue versus effectiveness
Effective learning
Settling down to study
When, how and where?
Organizing space for study
Time management in college
Managing your time
Effective planner-keeping
Ten time-saving suggestions
Study time
Where does the time go?
Time circle
Strategies for managing online study time
Identifying and managing distractions
What students say
Time management
Priority organizer
Working backwards from deadlines
Combining work and study effectively
Effective management of work-based projects
Effective management of study leave
Active learning
Emphasis on action!
Active learning strategies
Motivated learning
What do I aim to achieve in college?
Using desired outcomes to guide study strategy
Achieving desired outcomes
The C.R.E.A.M strategy
Review
Reading, note-taking, and referencing
Identifying the task
Making the most of the library
Finding information in the library
Identifying and selecting relevant information
Am I a smart reader?
Improving reading comprehension
Improving reading speed
Strategies for speeding up your reading
Taking notes
Note-taking styles
Shortcuts in note-taking
Taking notes with confidence
Recording and using information
Plagiarism
Detecting plagiarism and copying
References
Giving references
Writing out references
Getting the most out of lectures
Lecture notes: cover sheet
How helpful are your notes?
Problem-solving
Practicals and laboratory work
Review
E-learning, technology, and personalized learning
Using computers for effective study
Basic health and safety when using a computer
What computer skills do I need?
Organizational skills for studying on the computer
ICT and e-learning: key terminology
Making the most of the Internet
Searching online
Conducting an online search
Narrowing or extending your online search
Advanced online searches
Academic resources online
What is e-learning?
E-learning: getting started
E-learning and personalized learning
Personalized e-learning: portals and LMS
E-learning: wikis, blogs, podcasts
Using e-communications for study
Personalizing your own study
More about personalizing your study
Managing an e-group project
Managing e-communications for projects
Managing an e-project
Review
Critical analytical thinking
Develop a detective-like mind
Critical thinking when reading
Critical analytical thinking
Critical thinking when writing
Critical analytical writing vs. descriptive writing
Identifying critical and descriptive writing
Feedback on the activities
Review
Memory
Individual memory styles
Check your memory style
Improve your memory
Using the brain
The triune brain
Stages of the memory process
Suggestions for multiple encoding
Memory thrives on organization
Pyramids, pattern notes and pictures
"Chunking" information
Review
Test-taking
What does studying for tests involve?
Effective studying
Study strategies
Studying and test preparation
Studying: seven-point action plan
Advance preparation for the test
Tests
Multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
"The answer is in the question"
True or false statements
Avoid risky strategies
Strategies for answering questions
Taking multiple-choice tests
Short-answer tests
Preparing for short-answer tests
Taking short-answer tests
Preparing for essay-based exams
Taking essay-based exams
Doing well in essay-based exams
Test-taking strategy
The day of the test
Dealing with stress
Managing stress
Calming exercises
Take action to manage stress
Review
Group work and presentations
Studying with others
Ways of working with others
Talking and listening skills
Making your point
Making the group work
Being an effective group member
Dealing with difficult moments in the group
Prejudice, unfairness, and discrimination
Dealing with unfair discrimination
Coping with unfair discrimination
How well do I contribute to classes and groups?
Study support networks
Sharing work without cheating
Making a presentation or giving a talk
How effective am I in giving a talk?
Being aware of your audience
Review
College-level writing
How good am I at managing writing tasks?
Writing for the fearful
Developing your writing
Anxieties about writing
Similarities between academic writing and other activities
Overcoming writer's block
Tricks for getting started
Students' solutions to writing blocks
Research papers and other academic writing
A seven-point procedure for writing assignments
Analyzing the assignment prompt
Academic keywords used in assignment prompts
Devising your own assignment question
Common features of all academic writing
Structuring your writing
Organizing information: planning your writing
Structuring a paper
Planning your writing assignment
Planning stages
Concept pyramids organize ideas
Draft outlines as pyramids
Writing drafts
Paragraphs
Writing paragraphs
Linking ideas together
Editing your draft
Editing final drafts
Presenting your writing
Instructors' preferences
Review
Developing your writing
Stylistic conventions for academic writing
Being precise
Using facts, opinions or arguments
Writing for different subjects
Alternatives to the scientific model
Polar opposites in academic approaches
Different styles
Descriptive writing
Argumentative/analytical writing
Framework for an argumentative paper
Evaluative/analytical writing
Framework for a "compare and contrast" paper
Using personal experience
What gets good grades?
Using feedback from instructors
What is a research paper like?
Review
Confidence with numbers
What do I need to know?
Build your confidence with numbers
Can you trust numbers?
Questioning numbers and statistics
Fractions
More about fractions
Using fractions
Understanding percentages
Calculating percentages from fractions
Rounding up and down
What are "averages"?
Calculating averages: the mean ("equal share")
Calculating averages: the median ("middle number")
Calculating averages: the mode ("most frequent")
Comparing means, medians, and modes
Five-number summaries and quartiles
Using five-number summaries
Using tables, charts, and graphs
Interpreting graphs
Interpreting tables
Interpreting charts
Technical terms
Review
Research projects, reports, and case studies
What is a project?
What is a research project?
Independent study: benefits, challenges, risks
Managing projects and other independent study
Choosing the topic
Developing a research strategy
Designing questionnaires
Interview techniques
Presenting and analyzing the data
Characteristics of reports
Structuring reports
Writing the report: opening sections
Writing the report: the body of the report
Writing the report: conclusions, recommendations, abstracts
Reports: layout, presentation, and style
Project checklist
Research project action plan
Case studies
Writing a case study
Review
Planning your next move
Study skills achievements
Evaluating achievement
Planning your future
Personal development already undertaken
Planning towards a career
Career readiness
Lifelong learning
Where next? Skills for success
Clarifying personal targets
Action plan for personal development planning goals
What now?
References
Quick multiplier
Online research tools
Index
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