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4th Edition

Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students

ISBN 9781138494138
Published April 8, 2019 by Routledge
342 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This guide will help you to survive and thrive during your degree and on into the workplace. Everything you do at university can be useful in your career. Packed with practical hints, study tips, short cuts, real-life examples and careers advice, the new expanded fourth edition of this book is an invaluable resource throughout your geography, earth science or environmental science studies.

This book provides guidance for successful study on many topics including:

  • Starting as a student
  • Being an effective researcher
  • Presenting information effectively in posters, presentations, essays and reports
  • Time management, well-being and ethics
  • Field and laboratory work
  • Assessment and feedback

Written in an accessible style, this guide also explains the role of the academic, and how it differs from that of a school teacher. It prepares you for the world of work by showing how the skills you learn at university today can be used in your career choice of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Getting started, keeping going

Chapter  1: Transitions – essential info

Chapter  2: Reflecting, reviewing and acting – adding value to your degree

Chapter   3: Balancing study, work and fun

Chapter  4: Looking after yourself, commuting, mature study and wellbeing advice

Chapter  5: Random useful stuff

Chapter  6: Careers and employability

Section 2 Transforming your learning, becoming more academic!

Chapter  7: Threshold concepts – difficult stuff

Chapter  8: Creativity, innovation and thinking

Chapter 9: Listening

Chapter 10: Effective reading

Chapter 11: Making effective notes

Chapter 12: Constructing an argument

Section 3 Capturing evidence

Chapter 13: Research – searching for evidence

Chapter 14: Acknowledging sources

Chapter 15: Ethics and plagiarism

Chapter 16: Collaborative learning: team research and reporting

Chapter 17: Discussion

Section 4 Assignments and assessment

Chapter 18: Effective essay skills

Chapter 19: Not the essay: reports, laboratory and field notebooks

Chapter 20: Abstracts and executive summaries

Chapter 21: Reviewing papers and books

Chapter 22: Presentations

Chapter 23: Posters and display stands

Chapter 24: Examinations and revision

Chapter 25: Introducing dissertations and extended projects

Section 5 Field activities

Chapter 26: Fieldtrips

Chapter 27: Presenting maps, sketches and data

Chapter 28: Answers


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Pauline E. Kneale is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK.


Praise for Study Skills for Geography Students:

‘Kneale’s guide provides a useful and imaginative guide to good practice in the skills required for geographical learning while recognizing the individuality of student learning experiences. Its style is refreshing, combining serious points with light relief.’ Area