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Essential Study Skills

Essential Study Skills
The Complete Guide to Success at University

Fifth Edition
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August 2022 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"If you're looking to be that top student, this book is a must!" – five-star student review

Packed with study tips, activities, templates and quotes from students, this is your essential guide to university, showing you step-by-step how to study effectively and make the best of your time at university. Whether you are going to university straight from school, as a mature, or as an overseas student studying in the UK for the first time, you'll find out how to:

  • Sail through those tricky first weeks
  • Get the most out of lectures by understanding how you learn
  • Learn techniques for academic writing and research
  • Effectively work with others in groups, seminars and workshops
  • Write assignments and pass exams with flying colours
  • Build your CV and plan your next steps after graduation.

New to this edition is content on how to thrive at university, learn and research digitally, and how to develop your employability skills.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Part I: The Starter Kit
How To Learn, How to Study
How To Survive and Thrive
Part II: The Survival Kit
How To Enjoy Academic Reading
How To Make the Best Notes
How To Be Analytical and Critical
How To Be Reflective
How To Get On In Groups
How To Become an Excellent Digital Scholar
Part III: The Big Assessment Toolkit: Assessments – How To Excel
University Assessment and How to Succeed
How To Reference and Avoid Plagiarism
How To Write Great Essays
How To Produce Excellent Reports
How To Devise and Deliver Excellent Presentations
How To Revise For and Pass Exams
PART IV: The Employability Kit


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comprehensive set of advice for new students

Mrs Theresa Jane Waight
School of Law, Criminology and Government, Plymouth University
September 21, 2023

Excellent book. Has been used in our course resources and is one that we highly recommend to students.

Miss Angela jayne Kilpatrick
Curriculum, University of Central Lancashire
February 23, 2023

Great resource for anyone wishing to improve there study techniques.

Miss Janet De-Havillan
Business Law, Oldham College
April 27, 2023

Good book for adults returning to education

Mrs Carole Tatham
Curriculum, Burnley College
January 31, 2023

Excellent textbook offers basic reading and writing skills for students.

Amanda Lee
Health, Global Banking School
September 12, 2022

Very easy to read but packed with essential information that students will need to support them in their academic studies. This is the type of text book that could easily be used throughout the entire students journey from undergraduate to postgraduate.

Mr Philip Angrave
School of Nursing (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
July 19, 2022

I use this text in conjunction with the text which explores critical reading and writing. both texts compliment each other well. I recommend this text to all students.

Mr Thomas Beary
Nursing, Hertfordshire University
December 9, 2022

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