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2nd Edition

Successful Study
Skills for teaching assistants and early years practitioners

ISBN 9780415709095
Published February 26, 2014 by Routledge
184 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Successful Study is an essential guide for students embarking upon an education related Foundation Degree without previous study experience.

The world of study at university can be a daunting and bewildering place for new students unfamiliar with the academic processes such as writing essays and presenting portfolios. This book offers clear and straight-forward explanations of how to prepare for study, how to work at higher education level and how to tackle assignments.

Covering all aspects of educational study, and based on the experiences of real education professionals, this new edition has been fully updated to include:

    • Clear links to work-based practices throughout
    • Advice for students with disability
    • Guidance on using e-resources

    • Tips for managing your learning and increasing motivation
    • How to think critically
    • Reflective practice

With case studies, tasks and opportunities for reflection, this accessible book has been specifically designed for those on Teaching Assistant, Early Years or related Foundation Degrees and will be an essential resource for those wanting to find the answers to study questions quickly and easily.

Table of Contents

1. Starting Stude: Getting organised - starting with you!  2. Reading for Stude  3. Note Taking  4. Writing Academically  5. Planning and Writing Essay-Type Assignments: Why write essays and assignments?  6. Further Writing: Reports and Case Studies  7. Portfolios and other Assignments  8. Challenges: Examinations and searching for resources  9. Reflection, Reassurance and Relaxation! Reflecting upon learning an practice.

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Christine Ritchie has worked in education for over 40 years, first as a teacher and then in further education since 2000. She has been a Programme Director for Foundation Degrees and so has direct experience of working with mature students in their first encounters with higher education.

Paul Thomas has worked with students in higher education as a study tutor for a number of years. The experience gained working one-to-one has enabled Paul to identify the difficulties students face when encountering academic study for the first time.