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Study Skills

Study Skills
A Teaching Programme for Students in Schools and Colleges

  • Pat Guy - Haberdasher's Aske's School for Girls, Hertfordshire
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September 2007 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
There are many 'Do-it-Yourself' manuals for students and young people experiencing study skills problems. However, if this group of young people could study these books then they would already have the skills necessary! In order to use a self help manual the student needs internal motivation, the ability to self-instruct from text and the ability to put the learned strategy into place… but these are the same attributes that these students find difficult.

In this book, Pat Guy shows the reader how to teach, through self assessment, practice and confidence-building techniques, the techniques and self management required to achive independent study skills.

The programme provides a series of lesson plans making up a taught course for secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges and PRUs. The sessions can be delivered by teachers or tutors but would ideally suit the job description of Learning Mentors whose task is to improve attendance and achievement in older students.

A Study Skills Questionnaire
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Learning Styles and Their Relevance in Schools

Learning Style Questionnaire

Multiple Intelligences

Reading Techniques

Reading Speed

Reading Comprehension

Subject Specific Vocabulary

General Vocabulary

Dictionary Skills

Visualisation as an Aid to Comprehension

Memory: How to Make the Most of It

Visual and Auditory Memory Assessment

Listening and Attention

Learn Modern Foreign Language Vocabulary Kinaesthetically


Note Taking: Linear Notes and Mind Mapping


Proof Reading


Handwriting and Presentation

Handwriting Questionnaire

Improving Co-Ordination Skills Though Practical Activities

Oral Presentations

Group Work

Revision and Exams
How to Revise

Exam Techniques - Pupil Sheet

Dealing With Exam Anxiety - Pupil Sheet

Appendices and Glossary


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A good study guide for all levels of the course that I teach especially Level 3 and Level 4.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 11, 2022

A really useful guide full of lesson plans and practical activities to support students in developing their study skills

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
October 7, 2019

This is a very clear & user-friendly book to support students in all areas of their study. The book is divided into 8 sections, each focusing on a specific area, from reading/writing to learning styles and exam techniques. Each section has a variety of planned sessions including learning objectives, activity ideas/printable resources, this makes each session quick and easy to embed in teaching sessions. Having the CD makes printing out activities/worksheet so easy. This has become an invaluable asset to my teaching.

Mrs Helen Clarke
Health, Salisbury College
March 5, 2018

Very comprehensive information for students. Ideal for 16 year olds but maybe not for older students.

Miss Sarah Coulson
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 14, 2016

Useable set of resources though not all the time and not in all occasions. Something to be dipped into and used. It may not be appropriate for use with all older learners but may be for some.

Mr Bren Cook
Social Care, Runshaw Adult College
June 23, 2015

The book is laid out in an easily understood way. However, although the book says that it's for learners ranging from 14 - 20+, I found the information to be too simplistic for my learners. The resources can be adapted to suit individual needs which is an advantage.

Mrs Marcia Dewar
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
January 12, 2015

This book has some useful information in it. As a tutor I was able to adapt some of it for use with my students. It was however aimed at a much younger audience. My students are over 19 years of age and are working at level 4.

Mrs Sharon Sugden
Foundation Degree in Early Years, Kirklees College
October 1, 2013

The tips are relevant and succinct. Students will find these invaluable.

VOCATIONAL H.E., Warrington Collegiate
June 15, 2013

A fantastic resource for students studying at all levels in college or high schools. Contains various tests to determine learning styles, and advice on how to make the most of your individual learning style.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
September 27, 2012

Some sections were relevant but for many the book was too simplistic

Miss Nicola O'keefe
Roehampton Business School, Roehampton University
October 19, 2011

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