4th Edition

Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students

By Pauline E. Kneale Copyright 2019
    342 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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



    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