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Study Skills for Business and Management

Study Skills for Business and Management
How to Succeed at University and Beyond

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December 2013 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Want to stand out from the thousands of other business and management students when you graduate from university?

This comprehensive study skills book gives you all the tools and techniques needed to graduate with a better degree than you thought possible. Study Skills for Business and Management is written in an entertaining and non-patronising way and is filled with examples and case studies. With chapters on efficient and effective reading, working in groups, managing and writing essays and succeeding in exams, this textbook is written specifically with business and management students' needs in mind.

Key features:

  • Written by an academic and a recent business and management graduate who are in touch with what it is like to study Business and Management today and the challenges students face
  • Based on primary research in to which study skills are the most effective, providing an evidence-based approach that you can trust in and saving you precious time
  • Contains a wealth of current examples from recent business and management graduates, highlighting examples of good practice as well as common pitfalls to avoid

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. 

Planning and goal setting
Mind Maps
Effective and Efficient Reading
Lectures and Lecturers
Fear and stress
Making Time Work
Leading and being led
Working in Groups
Essay writing
Succeeding in Exams
Business communication
Securing your Career


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'This book provides practical advice and a toolbox for anyone studying business and related subjects at university.  Based on experience as both students and lecturers, it is realistic about how to avoid pitfalls, make more of your time and move towards a job that you really want.'

Dr Martin Lockett
Dean of Academic Development, Ashridge

'Learners do not always realise that their secret to study success lies with well-developed learning skills and confidence in their application.  For business and management students on their learner journey, this book provides an invaluable source of ideas and support.'

Dr Jo Smedley
University of South Wales

'Learning how to learn effectively is essential for success at University yet rarely do academic staff have the time, or sometimes the detailed knowledge, to help students develop the skills they need. Students who have been successful prior to university can find it difficult to adapt to new ways of working and novel tasks such as lectures and seminars and techniques such as note-taking, reading texts and referencing.  This useful and accessible book, written from the tutor and student perspective, provides grounded examples and helpful strategies.  Although these are set within the context of Business and Management they will be of relevance to many discipline areas.'

Dr Mark Atlay
University of Bedfordshire

'I am delighted that we now have an up-to-date and relevant study skills book to recommend to Business and Management students starting on their HE journey. For far too long we have had to rely on material that is either not particularly relevant, or is written in styles that are either patronising or cloaked in language that is pretty incomprehensible to first-year undergraduates. I really like the “real life experience” inclusions and feel many students will find them both valuable and reassuring. I will have no hesitation in recommending this to RDBS Business and Management students'

Dr Phil Clark
Royal Docks Business School

Study Skills for Business and Management is a guide packed with tips and tools to help any business student get the most out of their degree. For first years it is a great introduction to university work and the different skills that are needed. The book also has a lot to offer second and final year students as you can dip in and out of sections to brush up on certain skills and identify common mistakes that you may be making...

Isabelle Bird
University of Sussex, Sage Students Blog

This is a very useful and very accessible book for any student of business and management, and particularly for international students.

Dr Malgorzata Drewniok
Educational Foundations, Warwick University
February 28, 2019

A well written and structured book which covers the key elements of learning. This book is appropriate for anyone who has a keen interest in studying in higher education. It highlights the relevant study skills necessary to be successful. It Is a must read for anyone who is in education.

Dr Denis Hyams-Ssekasi
Bolton Business School, Bolton University
January 19, 2017

I will be recommending this text to the business students to aid with all aspects of their degree

Mr Andrew Faulkner
Business, South Devon College
September 16, 2015

This book is good, however, to general for the MBA students to gain enough value from.

Dr James Cunningham
Management, Robert Gordon University
May 5, 2015

An excellent book that will be essential reading for our first year "Higher Education Skills" module. It is will written and easily accessible for first year students.

Mr Tony McAleavy
Dept of Geog, Env & Disaster Mgt, Coventry University
April 16, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Planning and goal setting