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100 Activities for Teaching Study Skills


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Study Skills

November 2018 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

100 Activities for Teaching Study Skills is a sourcebook of activities for study skills tutors, teachers and support staff. This practical, user-friendly guide is designed to complement your existing study skills materials, and provide innovative and imaginative ways for you to motivate and engage your students. Activities include:

  • Study preparation and time management
  • Reading, writing and listening
  • Independent study and group-work
  • Dissertations, reports and projects
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Revision, examinations and tests.

All activities contain clear guidance about the purpose, level and type of activity, along with a range of discussion notes that signpost key issues and research insights. Students are encouraged to reflect on and develop their study skills, while connecting them to subject content and the process of learning, so that they become more motivated, enhance their learning and increase their chances of success.

 
SECTION 1: STUDY PREPARATION
 
Activity 1: Bringing learning to life
 
Activity 2: Becoming a reflective learner
 
Activity 3: Learning to learn
 
Activity 4: Recognising, analysing and critiquing learning styles
 
Activity 5: Developing metacognition
 
Activity 6: Improving concentration and memory
 
Activity 7: Recognising and overcoming imposter syndrome
 
Activity 8: Fostering collaborative learning and interaction
 
SECTION 2: ORGANISATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
 
Activity 9: Making the right learning choices
 
Activity 10: Preparing a study plan
 
Activity 11: Managing time
 
Activity 12: Completing coursework and meeting deadlines
 
Activity 13: Organising study
 
Activity 14: Overcoming organisation problems
 
Activity 15: Maximising productivity
 
SECTION 3: READING
 
Activity 16: Developing academic reading
 
Activity 17: Establishing academic reading groups
 
Activity 18: Producing a personal reading strategy
 
Activity 19: Adopting different reading styles
 
Activity 20: Searching for literature
 
Activity 21: Organising and citing reading
 
Activity 22: Reading and critiquing research reports and papers
 
SECTION 4: WRITING
 
Activity 23: Improving spelling, punctuation and grammar
 
Activity 24: Developing academic writing skills
 
Activity 25: Establishing academic writing circles
 
Activity 26: Structuring essays and assignments
 
Activity 27: Editing and proofreading
 
Activity 28: Overcoming writer’s block
 
Activity 29: Getting the most from tutor feedback
 
SECTION 5: LISTENING, OBSERVING AND NOTE-TAKING
 
Activity 30: Becoming an active listener
 
Activity 31: Improving listening skills
 
Activity 32: Using audio devises
 
Activity 33: Improving observation skills
 
Activity 34: Getting the most out of lectures and seminars
 
Activity 35: Taking notes effectively
 
Activity 36: Editing and organising notes
 
SECTION 6: SCIENCE AND MATHS
 
Activity 37: Reading scientific material
 
Activity 38: Knowing about the scientific method
 
Activity 39: Maths for unconfident adults
 
Activity 40: Undertaking experiments
 
Activity 41: Producing scientific reports and papers
 
Activity 42: Interpreting and critiquing data
 
Activity 43: Using data visualisation tools
 
SECTION 7: INDEPENDENT STUDY
 
Activity 44: Planning independent study
 
Activity 45: Getting the most from the library
 
Activity 46: Conducting online research
 
Activity 47: Using primary and secondary sources
 
Activity 48: Evaluating sources
 
Activity 49: Organising, managing and storing information
 
Activity 50: Finding truth and fact in mass information
 
SECTION 8: GROUP-WORK
 
Activity 51: Establishing study groups
 
Activity 52: Getting the most out of group-work
 
Activity 53: Producing group assignments
 
Activity 54: Introducing online study groups
 
Activity 55: Using online tools for collaborative study
 
Activity 56: Surviving virtual group-work
 
SECTION 9: IT, ASSISTIVE LEARNING AND E-LEARNING
 
Activity 57: Gaining confidence with IT for academic study
 
Activity 58: Making the most of IT facilities and support
 
Activity 59: Using software for research
 
Activity 60: Getting the most out of online learning
 
Activity 61: Making the most of assistive technology
 
Activity 62: Introducing data mining
 
Activity 63: Finding and using datasets
 
Activity 64: Knowing about data protection
 
SECTION 10: DISSERTATIONS, REPORTS AND PROJECTS
 
Activity 65: Planning and managing personal projects
 
Activity 66: Using statistics, facts, arguments and opinions
 
Activity 67: Producing an effective argument
 
Activity 68: Citing, referencing and producing a bibliography
 
Activity 69: Producing successful written work
 
Activity 70: Making oral presentations
 
Activity 71: Producing a dissertation
 
SECTION 11: RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY
 
Activity 72: Producing a research proposal
 
Activity 73: Undertaking a literature review
 
Activity 74: Choosing research topics and methods
 
Activity 75: Improving interview techniques
 
Activity 76: Designing questionnaires
 
Activity 77: Running focus groups
 
Activity 78: Introducing data analysis techniques
 
SECTION 12: CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING
 
Activity 79: Developing thoughts and imagination
 
Activity 80: Reflecting, thinking and making connections
 
Activity 81: Learning how to question
 
Activity 82: Solving problems
 
Activity 83: Hypothesising and theorising
 
Activity 84: Reasoning inductively and deductively
 
Activity 85: Analysing and critiquing
 
Activity 86: Applying learning
 
SECTION 13: REVISION, EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS
 
Activity 87: Understanding the reasons for assessment
 
Activity 88: knowing about the different types of assessment
 
Activity 89: Revising effectively
 
Activity 90: Preparing for an exam
 
Activity 91: Taking an exam
 
Activity 92: Improving exam marks
 
Activity 93: Coping with stress
 
SECTION 14: ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
 
Activity 94: knowing about plagiarism
 
Activity 95: Recognising and avoiding academic malpractice
 
Activity 96: Recognising ethical issues and dilemmas when using the internet
 
Activity 97: Recognising subjectivity and objectivity
 
Activity 98: Detecting and avoiding bias
 
Activity 99: Collaborating and cooperating ethically
 
Activity 100: Undertaking ethical research

Whether you are getting started or are an experienced learning developer and lecturer, Dawson’s comprehensive study skills resource book will inspire and engage. Supported by adaptable student handouts, the activities are clearly explained, structured and varied, incorporating self-study, one-to-one and group delivery, with scope to stand alone or be embedded and tailored to meet curriculum and student needs.   This versatile book will encourage you as a tutor to reflect and reconsider study skills teaching through a range of different topics, contexts and progressively across different levels of study, helping you to scaffold and support the student journey in participatory, imaginative and interactive ways.

Dr Amanda Tinker
Academic Skills Coordinator, University of Huddersfield

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