Watch Tom Burns introduce his book Essential Study Skills - Second Edition
Watch Sandra Sinfield discuss one of her favourite chapters - how to make the best notes
Praise for the first edition:
"The effect on our students was like star dust!"
Anne Schofield, Ruskin College, Oxford
Student feedback from Study Skills sessions at London Metropolitan University:
"Why didn't they tell us this before? ... This is the best bit of learning I've ever done!"
"At school I was told to go away and get a job in a shop ... Since doing Study Skills I'm getting 'A's' for my assignments!"
"I was het-up, frightened ... I just wanted to run away and hide ... Oh I love it now!"
"When I first got here I kept thinking I would be found out ... I know I can do it now"
"I never enjoyed school, not at all ... Everything's different now - it's great!"
"When I first got here I thought they were all looking at me and thinking 'What's that old woman doing here?' ... It's my university now!"
The eagerly-awaited new edition continues to provide a truly practical guide to achieving success at university.
Whether you are going to university straight from school, a mature student, or an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, this is the book that will help you better understand how you learn, gain a clear idea of your strengths and areas for development, organise yourself for study, write and research academically, pass exams, and cope with stress at university.
Now completely revised and restructured, the authors use their twenty-five years of hands-on experience with students in university to provide genuinely useful advice.
Key features of the new edition:
- 12 new chapters for coverage of everything you need to know including: computer skills, becoming a confident writer, note-taking, how to build your memory, and the new Personal Development Plan.
- Packed with handy tips, real-life examples and useful activities.
- A brand new companion website with extensive material to support you in your quest for academic success - http://www.uk.sagepub.com/burnsandsinfield/
With its easy-to-use dip in, dip out structure, helpful features, and lively and engaging writing style, you will find Essential Study Skills an essential companion to the challenges of studying at university.
Tom Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development at London Metropolitan University
Sandra Sinfield is Academic Leader in Learning Development at London Metropolitan University.
In a previous life Tom Burns led the Hainault Action Group, setting up adventure playgrounds for young people and devising Community Events and Festivals for the local community. Tom has always been interested in theatre and the role of theatre in teaching and learning; whilst still a student at Essex University he set up and ran the first ever International Dario Fo Festival - with academic symposium, theatre workshops for students and local people - and full dramatic performances by the Fo-Rame theatre troupe of The Tiger's Tale and The Boss's Funeral. Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the Association for Learning Development in HE and the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning . Working in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at London Metropolitan University, along with Sandra Sinfield he develops teaching and learning resources, including the launch of the Get Ahead student conferences - a programme of events designed to promote student success that are run by and for students - and their 'Tell us the secret of your success' project, which produced a whole range of creative prod ucts including a website built by students passing on their study secrets and a student video, 'The Z-A of university'. Sandra Sinfield has worked as a laboratory technician, a freelance copy writer, an Executive Editor (Medicine Digest, circulation 80,000 doctors) and in the voluntary sector, including with the Tower Hamlets Information Research and Resource Centre and with the Islington Green School Community Play written by Alan Whose Life is it Anyway? Clarke and pro duced at Sadler's Wells. Sandra is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Development actively involved with the Association for Learning Development in HE and the LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning . Working in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at London Metropolitan University, along with Tom Burns she develops teaching and learning resources, including the launch of the Get Ahead student conferences - a programme of events designed to promote student success that are run by and for students - and their 'Tell us the secret of your success' project, which produced a whole range of creative prod ucts including a website built by students passing on their study secrets and a student video, 'The Z-A of university'.
Background Introduction Going to University How universities work How to understand your course Learning Effectively How to learn effectively How to organise yourself for independent study How to use computers and e-learning to support your learning - Debbie Holley How to succeed in group work How to be creative in your learning How to deal with your emotions How to be a reflective learner How to research and read academically How to make the best notes Communicating Effectively How to become a confident writer How to write great essays How to write a great reflective essay and a brilliant research project How to produce excellent reports How to deliver excellent presentations How to run and participate in seminars Effective Revision, Exams & PDP How to build your memory and revise effectively How to understand and pass exams How to make the most of Personal Development Planning (PDP) - Christine Keenan