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Study Skills for Health and Social Care Students

Study Skills for Health and Social Care Students

August 2012 | 120 pages | Learning Matters
Many students on Health and Social Care Foundation Degree and Access courses struggle with the academic expectations required of them at this level. This book is written to support such students in adapting to self-directed study, understand the assessment process and how they can make the most of their learning opportunities. The authors also cover practicalities such as avoiding plagiarism, using their studies to become a reflective practitioner, and understanding the benefit of research and critical thinking. More than a generic study guide, this book is practice-based and will be of great benefit to health and social care students.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university.

Learning to Learn
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
Information Literacy, Thinking, Reading and Writing
Developing Presentation Skills
Practice Learning and Ethical Practice
Understanding and Using Reflection

The case studies have helped build more knowlege for students and is recommended when teachers want to deliver a communication lesson to develop discussions.

Miss Yeeman Lam
Childcare Department, Bishop Burton College
February 26, 2014

This very slim volume has already saved many of my students from despair. A bold claim but true nonetheless! For so many of the older students I have been working with in recent years I have found that many of them had debilitating early experiences of education which remain all too live for them in their current situation. Most of these students have repressed the fears they had around academia to a sufficient degree that they have found themselves able to approach a course of study in later years, but it is not until we ask them to write an essay, structure a report or heaven forbid conduct some small research that the full horror comes flooding back to them. In this context a book such as this offers a veritable rescue package of timely information which can enable the mature student to find their way back to study without pain, outlining as it does what is required in user friendly terms and what is more in that all important slimmed down version that makes it seem approachable even before they open the book.
The learners I am currently working with are Advanced Practitioners rather than student nurses and are therefore generally a little more senior in years, and at the other end of things I work with much younger learners on a managerial course in a care context: both are served by the text as both have either fear as outlined above, or in the case of younger learners they need to adapt to a more independent model of learning.

Mr Andrew Thorne
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
December 17, 2013

Good L4 Skills book

Mr Robert Banks
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
September 18, 2013

Very useful to have a study skills book that provides material examples related to the students' area of interest

Mr Peter Mounsey
Higher Education, Burnley College
August 28, 2013

An excellent book

Mrs Sue Ford
Health and Social Care, Oaklands College
August 2, 2013

Covers the basic requirements to make the most of studying and can be good preparatory material to read prior to studies. The inclusion of subjects like deep and surface learning, ethical practice, reflection and presentation skills should support most students when commencing a course for the caring profession.

Mrs Sue Williams
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
June 17, 2013

A clear book, useful for my students and added to the reading list as recommended

Mrs Penny Farrelly
Faculty of Society and Health, Bucks New University
May 8, 2013

A great text for level 4 social care students! They found it very useful!

Mrs Karen James
Care, Coleg Sir Gar
May 1, 2013


I have been waiting for a book taylored to health and Social Care students for a long time.

Ms Kirsten Stevens-Wood
Aacts, Ystrad Mynach College
April 30, 2013

this was generally a handy accompaniment to study which increasingly I think students find useful.

Ms Christine Smith
Community and Youth, College of St Mark and St John
April 3, 2013

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