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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Open University (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749200448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749200442
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is truly a compulsively good read…a beautifully crafted, student-friendly, superb catalogue of
really helpful advice. -- Study Skills Teacher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Developing your learning skills is one of the best investments you can make. We all need to be
lifelong learners now. Whether you are an experienced student or just starting out this book
will stimulate, guide and support you. It will make you think about yourself and how your mind
learns. And it will change forever the way that you study.
Topics include:
• motivating yourself and managing your time
• taking full advantage of your computer
• reading with concentration and understanding
• developing flexible note-taking strategies
• getting the most from seminars and workshops
• making presentations
• researching online
• handling numbers and charts with confidence
• writing clear, well argued assignments
• doing yourself justice in exams.
The Good Study Guide, a bestseller for over a decade, has helped over half a million students.
For this new edition it has been thoroughly revised and expanded to address the challenges of
studying in a rapidly changing world where computers and the internet have become basic study
tools. It has five new chapters but the approach remains the same using case studies and examples
of real-life study tasks, accompanied by activities, to help you reflect on your current strategies.
Comments on the first edition: --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By J. Maher on 7 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I returned to college to do A- levels and now that I'm in university I still use it. Many tutors recommend it and so would I.
Extremely useful if you are on a Open University course,other undergraduate course at university or just doing A-levels. One of the great things about the book is it easy readability, reassuring the reader that returning to study or studying for the first time is a skill that at first seems daunting but can be easily learn't through practice and not to get angry or disheartened if your work is criticised this is part of the learning process. Excellent for the Social Sciences.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Frank Carver VINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2003
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A solid and competent book to help anyone unsure about how to study, or what might be expected of them, for a serious academic qualification. Standard issue for a lot of Open University courses, this is just as useful for any university or college course where students are expected to do their own reading, research, and private study. Essential wisdom on time-management and note-taking leads into detailed coverage of how to research and produce written work (including sections on using numbers, statistics and graphs/charts). If you are taking your first steps into higher education, or you think your study and writing skills might be a bit rusty, this book could be an enormous help.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Junglies on 31 May 2008
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I used this book years ago and found it extremely helpful. Now, as my second child is about to embark on a college career, where else should I advise her to turn but to this admirable little text.

Of course, the book is a little outdated but the principles hold good. Despite the modern trends in education, and particularly at the college level, little within the book has diminished in relevance.

Northedge is especially good at providing succinct direction in clear and lucid language, hardly surprising as the target audience is the adult learner who has been away from school or study for a number of years. In fact, I would consider this to be a major selling point and the continued success of the Open University in Great Britain is a testament to the work that has gone into this student manual.

I would highly recommend this book to students of all ages in preparation for the voyage of discovery that is higher education.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Sikorski on 28 Jun. 2009
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This title was recommended while I was studying an O.U. psychology course. I subsequently have used it throughout an MSc Psychology, and I would largely credit this book for having attained a distinction. It removes the panic from studying & reading if you are on a very demanding course. You may think you have no time to read study guides, but I had 30+ hrs of course reading alone every week. The book is very accessible, and can be dipped into for tips, although you cannot help but read it from cover to cover....it really is that engaging, that you can't put it down!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Brindle on 31 Aug. 2009
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I've just returned to studying with the OU after a break from education of nearly 15 years. This book gave me the confidence to return to study by providing clear advice and the necessary skills to get the most from my study materials. The book is organised into logical sections and has plenty of examples and activities.

The sections on reading and note taking are especially useful for OU courses where most of the study packs are written materials. The book also provided useful information for getting the most out of lectures & tutorials as well as a section on researching information online. Producing written assignments, presentations & examinations are all covered. Essay writing is covered in depth with things such as the nature of academic discourse, what makes a good essay and strategies for working through the process of essay writing from beginning to end.

The book focuses on becoming a better student by constantly adapting your skills to suit your strengths and developing strategies to get the most out of studying. I found it invaluable for helping me to read more critically and produce more focused notes which in turn has helped me to produce written assignments with less stress & panic.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2000
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This is an excellent book for new or experienced students in Social Sciences courses. Although it is suitable for students at traditional universities and colleges, it is particularly well suited to Open University and other distance learning students. For example, it has a chapter on "Learning from TV and Radio Broadcasts" as well as advice on taking notes in lectures. I have had mine for five years now, and the sections on essay writing and preparing for exams are particularly well-thumbed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Prospero on 30 Mar. 2009
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I have been working in education at college and university level for 30 years and I would say that without a doubt, this is the best study guide I have come across. It is thorough and very well thought out. It is also very interestingly written. Study guides tend to be a bit worthy but boring but this one is actually quite engaging to read. If all secondary and above students read this book it would be most beneficial for all concerned i.e. the students and their teachers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on 26 Aug. 2012
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Studying for any examination, test or assessment can be one of the most challenging things that you will ever have to do, whether you are school age, further education or an adult; the outcomes can indeed change your life. If you however do take the wrong approach unconsciously it can have a detrimental impact upon your overall outcome, hence it is best to get it right first time so that you can aim to achieve the best results and outcome that you possibly can. Whether you are new to studying or having difficulty then this indispensable and essential guide, will help you through all aspects of the process so that you make the best possible use of your time. This book helps to broaden your current knowledge on studying by helping you to read with concentration and understanding, helping you to develop a flexible note-taking strategy that is so important, helping you to handle numbers correctly even if mathematics is not your forte and most importantly to prepare for examinations effectively. The Good Study Guide can be used either as an introductory workbook or as a useful reference book to help you refine your study technique, pointing out simply how to best use your time to what effect. Included along with information are real-life examples and practical exercises, that cater more towards those students who are studying social science and humanities, including adults who are part-time students or those individuals who are returning to study after a long break; as a great refresher guide. Students on access or study skills courses (many universities and colleges do `study skills' as a part of their courses), will find this little book an invaluable guide to have.Read more ›
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