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How to Study
A Short Introduction

First Edition
  • Joan Turner - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


April 2002 | 162 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is a must-read for all students trying to grapple their way through and somehow 'finish college'' - Sharada Prahladrao, The Decan Herald

Any student can improve their learning in higher education if they want to, and the aim of this guide is to help them along this route, not by claiming there is only one right way to do things but by building awareness of different approaches, attitudes, and strategies. Key to this is the notion of active learning which is highlighted throughout the book with the acronym ASCERTAIN whose individual letters signal a range of different strategies and attitudes relevant in different contexts.

Throughout, there is an awareness that among the different cultures students participate in, academic culture has its own set of values which academic staff tend to take for granted, but which students may need to have a greater awareness of, and build into their thinking and working.

 
PART ONE: BECOMING AN ACTIVE LEARNER
 
Routes to Learning
 
Learning to Remember
 
Managing Your Time
 
PART TWO: ACADEMIC TASKS AND CONTEXTS
 
Managing Assignments
 
Getting to Grips with the Essay
 
Making the Most of Reading
 
Making the Most of Seminars and Seminar Presentations
 
Getting to Grips with Examinations
 
PART THREE: MINDING YOUR LANGUAGE
 
Finding Your Academic Voice
 
Disciplining Your Language
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar  
 
PART FOUR: MOVING ON AFTER UNIVERSITY
 
Putting Yourself on the Job Market

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`This book is a must-read for all students trying to grapple their way through and somehow 'finish college'' - Sharada Prahladrao, The Decan Herald


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