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The Academic Skills Handbook

The Academic Skills Handbook
Your Guide to Success in Writing, Thinking and Communicating at University

Second Edition

March 2024 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is your complete guide to success in navigating, writing, thinking, and communicating at university. Packed with tips, diagnostic tools, guided exercises, and full text examples, it equips you to boost your grades, ace your assignments, and get the most out of your time at university.
This book helps you:

  • Prepare for and navigate university culture
  • Develop the academic skills needed for success at university
  • Communicate your ideas with confidence and clarity
  • Watch your skills grow with diagnostic tools
  • Create your own study plan tailored to the skills you need
  • Know what your tutor is looking for and how to deliver
  • Turn your skills into success after university

The Academic Skills Handbook is specially designed to show you where your strengths are and what you need to work on, so you get a practice plan that is perfect for your needs. It then arms you with the principles and practice to get ahead in your academic writing, presentations and group work.

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. 

Part 1: Transition to University
Chapter 1: Understanding university culture
Part 2: Reading & Note-Taking Skills
Chapter 2: Reading skills
Part 3: Listening and Speaking Skills
Chapter 3: Getting the Most Out of Lectures
Chapter 4: Communicating in Seminars
Part 4: Blended/Online Learning
Chapter 5: Getting the most out of a blended learning approach
Part 5: Course Work & Assignments
Chapter 6: Academic Essays
Chapter 7: Lab Reports
Chapter 8: Presentations
Chapter 9: Working in Groups
Chapter 10: Taking Exams
Chapter 11: Writing Dissertations
Chapter 12: Writing Posters
Chapter 13: Reflective Essays
Chapter 14: Writing a blog
Part 6: Taking a Critical Approach
Chapter 15: Taking a critical approach
Part 7: The Core skills of good writing
Chapter 16: Writing with Clarity
Chapter 17: Writing with Accuracy and correct use of grammar
Chapter 18: Being Concise
Chapter 19: Writing in Academic Style
Part 8: Referencing and citing sources
Chapter 20: Referencing with accuracy

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