Study & Learning Skills Books
This DK book will help you help your children as they study for their SATS tests. It's packed with practical advice for coping with the pressure of exams.
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It has tips for giving reassuring support and has an appealing visual guide to help you handle children's anxieties and recognise their learning style, including what methods work best for them.
Other chapters explain what test papers actually involve and there are also reference and practical activities to help children prepare for each one.
Supporting the National Curriculum in reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and maths, this is an essential guide for parents who want to help their children succeed at this very important time.
Writing good essays is a vital study skill for all stages of education, from GCSE to degree level. This highly successful and thoroughly practical guide leads you step-by-step through the whole process, including: - How to put your ideas into shape - Making your essay coherent and giving it conviction - How to think straight and argue well - How to write a good introduction and conclusion - Improving your style - Editing and rewriting Now in its 6th edition this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of feedback from teachers and students, including the requirements of online research. Use the techniques and exercises in this book to develop the originality and good writing that examiners look for - and write essays of distinction every time.
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In Teaching for Critical Thinking, Stephen Brookfield builds on his last three decades of experience running workshops and teaching courses on critical thinking to explore how student learn to think this way, and what teachers can do to help students develop this capacity. He outlines a basic protocol of critical thinking as a learning process that focuses on uncovering and checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, and taking informed actions as a result. Written to address the broad range of disciplines, this book fosters a shared understanding of critical thinking and helps to various constituencies adapt general principles to specific disciplinary contexts.
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The book introduces readers in the often-overlooked math-related fields to the ideas of writing-to-learn (WTL) and writing in the disciplines (WID). It offers a guide to the pedagogy of writing in the mathematical sciences, and gives theoretically grounded means by which writing can be used to help undergraduate students to understand mathematical concepts at all levels of study. The author equips instructors with the practical skills necessary to guide their students in writing well in math-based courses at all levels of the college curriculum, addressing various genres of mathematical writing (research articles, expository articles, abstracts, literature reviews, pedagogical writing), and provides the criteria for assessment.
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This practical guide, written by a chief examiner, gives you the tools and planning techniques for making light work of assignments, essays, reports and dissertations. It covers: - Thoroughly understanding the title, question or brief - Choosing the right format for your assignment - Producing an outline plan Reseaching and taking notes - Drafting the structure and improving your style - Presenting the final assignment Examples and mini case studies show the difference between good and bad practice. Self-evaluation exercises ensure you stay on the right track.
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Is there a secret to successful study?The answer is 'yes'! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university. Using proven techniques and tips to help you focus your efforts and develop successful study skills and strategies, THE STUDY SKILLS BOOKprovides practical answers to questions such as: * What do lecturers expect from you in a tutorial? * What's the best way to plan an essay or dissertation? * Where should you concentrate your efforts for maximum impact? This book is an essential practical resource for all students who want to improve their performance and succeed in their studies: * All key study skills are covered including essay writing, revision and exams, tutorials, and dissertations * Practical solutions are presented for the most common problems * A common-sense, no-nonsense approach is offered using practical checklists and tips This handbook has been written by experts and extensively tested on students to help you focus your efforts, troubleshoot your problems and thrive at university. "Every aspect of university life is covered - my tip to other students is to have this book on their desk and use it - (it) has been a great help", Sarah Scott, Student "This book really is a must have for any first year student!! Easy to read, intelligent and the best help a first year could ever want!", Alastair Ross, Amazon reviewer "This book really will be a godsend to you during your time at university. It's like my bible now - I'm so glad I bought it!", Fi Wordsworth, Amazon reviewer
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New to the highly successful Smarter Study Skills series comes this essential guide to thinking and writing critically. This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the key areas where most students need help in developing and enhancing the critical thinking and writing skills that are crucial to successful academic study, and provides practical tips and solutions. The authors use real life examples to illustrate common mistakes and demonstrate how to avoid them. They provide solid advice on enhancing analytical and argumentation skills by adopting best practice with critical thinking and reflective writing.
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In order for students and graduates to get placement in the best companies, make the best impression and make the most of their time spent in the workplace, it is essential that they grasp and develop very quickly the basic soft skills that will allow them to be effective. Most people spend years learning by trial and error how to operate effectively in an office environment. Those key communication skills, dealing with office politics, core financial awareness, knowing how to put your case across and effective problem solving - the kind of skills and knowledge that is acquired gradually and sometimes painfully, through experience, books and the odd training course. Brilliant Workplace Skills for Students & Graduatesis a simply written manual that takes all of the key skills and subjects and sets out the very core essentials that everybody needs to know, in an easily absorbable format, accompanied by hundreds of tips and techniques that would normally only be acquired from years of experience. The individual student using this book will suddenly have a huge competitive advantage from an early stage of their working life. The book takes a topic per double page spread and distils the core information into easily readable chunks of text with tips and checklists to deliver the experience and knowledge that would normally take many months to accumulate.
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This book is aimed at students at almost every level, including college and university, adult learners, access students and students on correspondence and distance learning courses. It will be particularly valuable for those who have been out of a learning situation for some time and are lacking the confidence to re-enter the educational environment. The book covers all aspects of study skills, from improving reading, writing, listening and thinking skills, to knowing how to study independently, conduct research and take tests and examinations. The user-friendly and accessible format enables readers to dip in and out of the book whenever they need to brush up on a particular skill. It also includes uesfeul exercises, addresses, websites and further reading for those who wish to follow up the information provided in the book.
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This book provides students of all levels with essential and easy-to-follow guidance on how to plan, research, and write essays, dissertations, and exams. Taking you step by step through the process, from understanding a title or choosing your own, planning what to say and how to say it, right through to writing a strong conclusion, this book breaks down the process of essay writing and makes it manageable for everyone. It displays information clearly and features charts, diagrams, examples, handy hints, pitfalls to avoid, and separate 'in-depth' chapters specifically for anyone wanting to develop their essay writing skills even further. It also includes advice on setting out footnotes, references, and bibliographies, printing and editing the final draft, presentation, deadlines, time management, and good exam practice. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to explain how digital resources can be used to improve your essay technique e.g. how to research efficiently using the internet, how to use your library's electronic catalogue, and how to use electronic referencing systems. The structure of this new edition has been overhauled to make it even easier to find the information you are looking for, as the two parts have been integrated and now include helpful end of chapter summaries to recap the key points. New to this edition is a list of essay 'FAQs', submitted by real students, with answers directing you straight to the sections you need. Practical, accessible, and written by an author with extensive teaching experience, this book is a cure for essay panic and essential for students wanting to write a successful essay, whether at school or university.
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This all-inclusive, practical guide will help graduate students design, conduct, and finish an academic dissertation or thesis with minimal drama. The structure of the book follows the sequential flow of a dissertation process from choosing a smart study topic, selecting research design options, to presenting a successful oral defense. Filled with protocols, tips, and reminders, the book presents the best, most direct and timely research practices based upon theoretical and empirical evidence, as well as the perspective and experiences of the author and others who have survived writing their dissertations. This indispensible guide will help students: pick the best members to serve on his/her dissertation committee including pointers for managing the committee dynamics and feedback; understand the legal regulations and ethical guidelines for all parts of the research process; work through common barriers, such as procrastination, perfectionism, and writer's block, and more.
Everything You Need to Get the Score You Want on the COOP, HSPT, or TACHSWe've put all of our proven expertise into Catholic High School Entrance Exams to make sure you're fully prepared for any of these difficult exams. With this book, you'll learn essential skill-building techniques and strategies created by leading test-prep experts. You'll also get six full-length practice tests, hundreds of sample questions, and all the facts about the current exam. This book will guide you through your preparation program and give you the tools you need to succeed. Inside you'll find: - Complete coverage of all three exams: The Cooperative Admissions Examination (COOP)The High School Placement Test (HSPT)The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS)- Six full-length sample tests--two practice COOPs, two practice HSPTs, and two practice TACHS--with full explanations of all answers- A step-by-step review of all topics covered on the three exams, including reading comprehension, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph composition, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning - Expert strategies to help you raise your score on questions involving analogies, verbal logic, writing mechanics, and mathematical sequences
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SAT Subject Tests are a valuable way to help students show colleges a more complete picture of their academic background and interests. Each year, over 200,000 high school students take a science SAT Subject Test. Many of today's careers require science skills, and SAT Subject Tests can provide a fair and reliable measure of students' achievement in science subjects in high school. This information can often enhance a student's college admission portfolio. Colleges and universities also require or recommend students to take SAT Subject Tests for admission and/or placement. The Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide from The College Board is the only source of official questions and answer explanations for these exams. Created from the makers of the Subject Tests, this guide offers never been released forms of actual past Biology exams for students to gain real practice. Students will gain valuable experience and raise their confidence by taking practice tests, learning about test structure, and gaining a deeper understanding of what is tested on the test. The Official SAT Subject Test in Biology Study Guide will help students get ready for the test with: 2 full-length, previously administered tests in Biology. Detailed answer explanations for every question in both tests. Exclusive test-taking approaches and tips from the actual test maker.
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SAT Subject Tests are a valuable way to help students show colleges a more complete picture of their academic background and interests. Each year, over 200,000 high school students take a science SAT Subject Test. Many of today's careers require science skills, and SAT Subject Tests can provide a fair and reliable measure of students' achievement in science subjects in high school. This information can often enhance a student's college admission portfolio. Colleges and universities also require or recommend students to take SAT Subject Tests for admission and/or placement. The Official SAT Subject Test in Chemistry Study Guide from The College Board is the only source of official questions and answer explanations for these exams. Created from the makers of the Subject Tests, this guide offers never-been released forms of actual past Chemistry exams for students to gain real practice. Students will gain valuable experience and raise their confidence by taking practice tests, learning about test structure, and gaining a deeper understanding of what is tested on the test. The Official SAT Subject Test in Chemistry Study Guide will help students get ready for the test with: 2 full-length, previously administered tests in Chemistry. Detailed answer explanations for every question in both tets. Exclusive test-taking approaches and tips from the actual test maker.
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How do you approach an essay or discussion question? How do you review what claims others have made and offer counter-claims? And how do you weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of your own argument before putting together a persuasive conclusion? This accessible book takes you step by step through the art of argument, from thinking about what to write and how you might write it, to how you may strengthen your claims, and how to come to a strong conclusion. Engagingly written and featuring useful summaries at the end of each chapter, this new book offers easily transferable practical advice on assessing the arguments of others and putting forward effective arguments of your own. The book's strength lies in its clear guidance and the use of real-life arguments - both contemporary and historical - and real-life essay questions from a variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. These interesting, relevant, and often entertaining, examples are used not to illustrate, but to make essential points about what can be learnt, what techniques can be borrowed, and what pitfalls to avoid in the area of analytical thinking and writing. The Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking is sure to improve the written work of any student required to demonstrate the key skills of critical writing and thinking. It is equally as valuable for professionals needing these skills (e.g. journalists, lawyers, researchers, politicians) as well as for anyone who has a case to put forward and would like to do so convincingly.
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Are you thinking of studying or training for an important qualification? Do you know the best techniques for studying and learning to ensure you achieve the best results as quickly as possible? Whether you are at college or university, doing projects or assignments, writing essays, receiving continuous assessment or preparing for exams this is the book for you. Now in its third edition, this practical book covers getting your thinking right, organising yourself properly, finding and processing the information you need, reading effectively, developing good writing skills, thinking creatively, motivating yourself, and more. Whatever your subject, age or background, start now and turn yourself into a winning candidate.
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This book guides you through doctoral study from the student's point of view - the challenges, pitfalls, and ups and downs that you're likely to encounter in the course of your PhD. Inside you'll find: -Advice on doing research - Examples of PhD problems and their resolution - Reflections on life as a PhD student - Insights into how the academic system works - Real life cases of famous (and not so famous)PhD students. Over and above what your supervisors and university may have to offer, Your PhD Companion will help explain all kinds of things that no one ever seems to tell you - and you don't necessarily know to ask. Contents: Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Embarking on a PhD; 3. You and your supervisor; 4. Finding your feet (and a desk to put them under); 5. Doing the research; 6. Life as a PhD student; 7. Academia; 8. Thesis construction; 9. Survival; 10. The end game; 11. The examination; 12. The afterlife; Further Reading; Index.
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Prepare. Practice. Perform. Succeed! Are you chasing a job that you really want, but need to take a verbal reasoning test to get it? With the help of this book, you'll sharpen your skills and quickly become confident in your ability to pass. Written by a psychologist with years of test-writing experience, it's packed with examples of every kind of test and will take you through everything you need to pass with flying colours. * Feel practiced, prepared and confident * Be ready to take on any type of test * Develop a strategy to maximise your performance With plenty of tips, tricks and practice tests to help you, no matter what level or type of test you face, prepare to succeed!
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How to cite, reference & avoid plagiarising at university Is there a secret to successful study? The answer is 'yes'! There are some essential skills and smart strategies that will help you to improve your results at university. This easy-to-use guide helps to develop the essential academic skills of writing and thinking needed to cite and reference with confidence in your academic studies. Plagiarism and the most common methods of quoting, summarising and paraphrasing are explained and modelled throughout the book. HOW TO CITE, REFERENCE & AVOID PLAGIARISM AT UNIVERSITY provides tips, tools and techniques you will need to perform with excellence, including how to: * understand the importance of correct citation and referencing in academic writing * be aware of the facts about plagiarism and how it can be identified and avoided * search for and evaluate sources from the literature * introduce the work of others into your own text * understand and use the five most common citation and referencing styles. Visit www.smarterstudyskills.com to access a wealth of useful information, tips, templates and interactive activities that will support your skills development.
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For more than a decade, Clear and Simple as the Truth has guided readers to consider style not as an elegant accessory of effective prose but as its very heart. Francis-Noel Thomas and Mark Turner present writing as an intellectual activity, not a passive application of verbal skills. In classic style, the motive is truth, the purpose is presentation, the reader and writer are intellectual equals, and the occasion is informal. This general style of presentation is at home everywhere, from business memos to personal letters and from magazine articles to student essays. Everyone talks about style, but no one explains it. The authors of this book do; and in doing so, they provoke the reader to consider style, not as an elegant accessory of effective prose, but as its very heart. At a time when writing skills have virtually disappeared, what can be done? If only people learned the principles of verbal correctness, the essential rules, wouldn't good prose simply fall into place? Thomas and Turner say no. Attending to rules of grammar, sense, and sentence structure will no more lead to effective prose than knowing the mechanics of a golf swing will lead to a hole-in-one. Furthermore, ten-step programs to better writing exacerbate the problem by failing to recognize, as Thomas and Turner point out, that there are many styles with different standards. The book is divided into four parts. The first, "Principles of Classic Style," defines the style and contrasts it with a number of others. "The Museum" is a guided tour through examples of writing, both exquisite and execrable. "The Studio," new to this edition, presents a series of structured exercises. Finally, "Further Readings in Classic Prose" offers a list of additional examples drawn from a range of times, places, and subjects. A companion website, classicprose.com, offers supplementary examples, exhibits, and commentary, and features a selection of pieces written by students in courses that used Clear and Simple as the Truth as a textbook.
An accessible guide to the most important academic writing skills a student needs to write successful undergraduate dissertations and project reports on any HE course. This book will give the reader a sound grounding on what the whole business of dissertation and report writing is about, and will provide instantaneous, easily accessible answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of planning, researching, writing, revising and referencing a successful dissertation or report.
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The learning portfolio is a powerful complement to traditional measures of student achievement and a widely diverse method of recording intellectual growth. This second edition of this important book offers new samples of print and electronic learning portfolios. An academic understanding of and rationale for learning portfolios and practical information that can be customized. Offers a review of the value of reflective practice in student learning and how learning portfolios support assessment and collaboration. Includes revised sample assignment sheets, guidelines, criteria, evaluation rubrics, and other material for developing print and electronic portfolios.
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This book presents the background information and ideas for the practical application of contemplative practices across academic curriculum from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts. Contemplative pedagogy is more than a new, trendy technique to change the landscape of learning. Rather, it is the use of first-person involvement that helps to develop sophisticated problem-solving, empower students to draw on their own experience to the material they are learning; and support students' sense of connection to others. Examples of techniques include mindfulness, meditation, yoga, deep listening, contemplative reading and writing, and more.
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This volume offers a companion guide to the best-selling book The Mentor's Guide . This practical book offers ideas and suggestions for making the most of a mentoring opportunity for the person being mentored. It shows how to prepare for, sustain, and bring to closure the important mentor/mentee relationship. The author guides mentees through the four phases of the mentoring process and outlines the SMART method (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely). The book offers valuable advice for any mentee whether in the nonprofit, corporate, or government sector.
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