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Do you want to make the most of your time at university? Beginning University shows you how to develop the skills you need in order to succeed at university and later on.
Step by step, the authors explain how to think critically, create an argument and present your ideas well both in writing and in oral presentations. They show you how to read effectively and take good notes, and how to plan your work. They also look at how to get the most out of your lectures and tutorials, and give you handy research tips. Questions and activities at the end of each chapter help you practise what you have learnt.
Beginning University provides a head start to studying at university and can be used by students in any subject. Don't wait till it's too late!
Table of Contents
Introduction: how this book can help you
Part I Contexts
1 Communication in context
2 All about universities
3 Learning at university level
Part II Fundamentals
4 Critical thinking
5 Dealing with ideas: argument
6 Dealing with ideas: exposition
PART III Learning Strategies
7 Effective reading
8 In and out of class
PART IV Assignments
9 Academic genres
11 Research: finding resources
12 Research: using resources
13 Writing well: the basics
14 Improving your written style
15 Effective oral presentations
PART V Transitions
16 Take it with you
Andrew Wallace is Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts at the Gladstone campus of CQU. Tony Schirato is Head of the School of Communications and Media Studies at the Rockhampton campus of CQU. Philippa Bright is Faculty Coordinator, Informatics and Communication at the Sydney International Campus of Central Queensland University.