There are moments in everyone's degree when you are expected to do something unfamiliar and daunting - present a seminar, go on a fieldtrip, create a wiki page, lead a lab team - and how to do it or what to expect is unclear. Studying at university requires a different approach from studying at school and this book explains this transition. Packed with practical hints, study tips, short cuts, real-life examples and careers advice, this book will prove invaluable throughout your geography, earth science or environmental science degree.
Designed for all geography, earth science and environmental science students, this book provides guidance on:
- time management and effective research
- constructing essays and creating arguments
- giving presentations confidently
- undertaking fieldwork and laboratory work
- avoiding plagiarism and citing references correctly
- using e-technologies such as blogs and your university's VLE
- online assessment and peer feedback.
This guide also explains the role of the academic and how it differs from that of a school teacher, and 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
1. Study Skills - Why Bother? 2. Reflection Skills, Reviewing and Evaluating, Adding Value to your Degree 3. Threshold Concepts are Difficult Things 4. Maximizing Free Time 5. Researching in Libraries and Online 6. Effective Reading 7. Making Effective Notes 8. Plagiarism and Ethical Behaviour 9. Creativity - Innovation 10. Thinking 11. Constructing an Argument 12. Listening 13. Oral Presentations 14. Discussion 15. Researching and Writing in Teams: It is Fun and Efficient 16. Acknowledging References and Other Sources 17. Effective Essay Skills 18. Practical Reports, Laboratory and Field Notebooks 19. Reviewing a Book 20. Abstracts and Executive Summaries 21. Dissertations 22. Revision Skills 23. Examinations 24. Field-classes and Fieldwork 25. Presenting Field Sketches, Sketch Maps and Data 26. Posters and Stands 27. Jobs and Careers for GEES Graduates 28. Of Shoes, and Ships, and Sealing Wax ...GEES Essentials 29. Try This, Crossword and Quiz Answers
Pauline Kneale, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
"Kneale's guide provides a useful and imaginative guide to good practice in the skills required for geographical learning whilst recognizing the individuality of student learning experiences. Its style is refreshing, combining serious points with light relief."
Lindsay McEwan, AREA
"This book is essential for anyone who is doing geography. It is especially useful for improving essay skills, but also covers things like presentation skills and debating skills. It has a lot of little tasks to help you improve too, so it's not just mindless reading."
'I had a copy of the previous edition, but I loaned it to a student and it never came back. It was that good!'
Dr Steve Gurney, Senior Lecturer in Geomorphology, University of Reading, UK
"This is my study skills book of preference because students enjoy using it. The book provides an invaluable first reference for GEES students throughout their undergraduate journey, helpign them to study more effectively and to prepare them for employment."
Times Higher Education