1st Edition

The Guide to Learning and Study Skills For Higher Education and at Work

By Sue Drew, Rosie Bingham Copyright 2010
    436 Pages
    by Routledge

    434 Pages
    by Routledge

    Skills in learning and studying are vital to ensure success in higher education study, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, in university, college or in the workplace. Skills are needed in reflection, analysis, communication and recording information to produce good work, to engage effectively in a group, to carry out a project or perform well in exams; personal skills are needed to handle time and pressure and to relate to others on a course or in the workplace. This new guide builds on the hugely successful materials the authors have developed over the last 15 years. Along with highly practical guidance on traditional learning skills, The Guide to Learning and Study Skills provides direction for students on learning in a blended environment; the increased use of personal and professional development planning, continuing professional development and work-based learning.

    Contents: Introduction; Writing essays and dissertations; Writing reports; Producing journals and portfolios (including diaries, blogs etc); Giving a presentation, viva or being observed; Doing a project; Succeeding with exams (or tests); Finding, using and analysing information and evidence; Plagiarism and referencing; Making notes; Presenting your work; making it look good; Discussions: face-to-face and on-line (in seminars, groups etc); Working in a group or team; Dealing with other people; Action planning: identifying actions - making recommendations; Handling time and pressure; Solving problems and making decisions; Reflecting on your learning and experience (including feedback); Personal/Professional Development Planning (PDP).


    Sue Drew's long career in higher education began as an HE careers adviser. She became an educational developer, supporting academic staff in course development and quality review. This work included a focus on embedding key skills in the HE curriculum and developing student skills resources. Most recently she has been a Principal Lecturer in Education, teaching in the Education subject area at undergraduate and postgraduate level (including PhD supervision) and doing educational research. Rosie Bingham is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice. She initially worked as a primary school teacher then as an HE lecturer in Education, then became an educational developer, supporting academic colleagues in course planning, development and review. This work included a focus on embedding Personal Development Planning in the HE curriculum and developing students' skills. They are together or separately (sometimes with others) authors of: The Student Skills Guide, Second Edition; Developing Student Support Groups; Key Work Skills; The Student Guide to Making an Oral Presentation CD ROM; Key Skills Online: Intranet Support for Students CD ROM; all published by Gower.

    ’Accessible, versatile and of long term use to students. Buying books can be a contentious issue for students - I recommend this as one to definitely invest in. Developing and improving study skills is one of the most effective ways of increasing grades and this book is really well presented, clearly laid out and with lots of checklists and questions. As a tutor it is a good core text to recommend to students and one that will help me prepare teaching in this area. However, with an emphasis on lifelong learning and the need in quite a few areas to offer evidence based practice this book will have a shelf life beyond a degree. There are lots of cross references making information easy to find and an emphasis on personal development planning and learning from experience which are both invaluable skills in the workplace. The book is also useful if you need to support other staff in such things as report writing or making a presentation. It also has a good section on time management which is worth occasionally revisiting.’ Amazon Reviewer