A member of my family has started tertiary study almost 10 years after completing secondary school and this is one of the recommended texts. I was intrigued by his description of the contents, and thought I would read it for myself. I am so glad I did: even those of us doing less formal learning can benefit from some of these suggestions.
While the book is Australian and draws on Australian experiences, I believe that what is written would apply to all senior secondary and tertiary students. Learning independently is the key to successful study at these levels, and enabling students to recognise how they learn and identify barriers to success is important. The book emphasises that there is no one way to learn and offers a comprehensive range of techniques to help in formal education.
Note: A fourth edition of this book was published in 2006, and expands on the third edition. The third edition is still widely available.
The Table of Contents for the fourth edition:
List of tables
About the authors
Preface to the fourth edition
Read this first!
2. Planning when and how you study
3. Becoming an independent student
4. Asking your own questions
5. Learning and remembering
6. Choosing and analysing a topic
7. Researching a topic
8. Using libraries and other information sources
10. Listening to lectures
11. Participating in discussion groups
12. Developing your writing
13. Writing essays
14. Writing scientific reports
15. Using conventions
16. Learning from evaluation
Appendix: Discrimination: Sexist language and attitudes
Student learning reference books
Worth considering if independent study is part of your own life plan, or those of family members. A welcome addition, as well, to libraries.