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The Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills) [Paperback]

Stella Cottrell
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22 Feb 2008 0230573053 978-0230573055 3rd
If you are serious about succeeding on your course, The Study Skills Handbook is your essential companion. Based on over 20 years' experience of working with students, 1/2 million copy bestselling author Stella Cottrell helps you develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan for the future you want. Her tried and trusted approach recognises that we each have a unique formula for success and that finding it is the key to reaching our potential. This book will help you to:

- use your learning style and existing skills effectively
- develop core study skills in time management, academic writing, critical thinking and more
- discover how to make learning easier and faster
- improve your grades and make study more enjoyable.

Whether you are a school or college leaver, a mature student, or an international student embarking on university-level study in English for the first time, this handbook is your passport to success.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition (22 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230573053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230573055
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Thoroughly deserving of its reputation as the key text in essential study skills.' - Dr Murray Simpson, School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, University of Dundee, UK

'Brilliant book - essential for any undergraduate.' - Jenny Fisher, Division of Psychology and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

'...a practical no-nonsense guide that gets you to the core of the learning process.' - Business Executive

'This book just gets better and better. Probably the most user friendly study skills handbook on the market. The extra sections just add to its 'must have' status.' - Margo Learmouth, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, UK

'Without this book you can get by just fine with your education, but with it you could be exceptional.' - Zac (student)

'This book literally wills you to succeed, it's inspirational.' - Anon (student)

'Among similar books I think that Cottrell's book stands out in its innovative presentation, common sense approach and practicality...The job of Universities is changing as we can no longer assume that students know how to learn – and so we must guide them. This book is an excellent support for that mission.' - Dr Keith Pond, The Business School, Loughborough University, UK

'Concise, clearly laid out and covering a wide range of subjects' – Victor Glynn, Oxford University

'Now in its third edition and part of the highly regarded Palgrave Study Skills series, this easy-to-follow guide to university-style study is the perfect first book for new undergraduates.' - The Daily Telegraph

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The book introduces higher-level study skills and allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the learning process itself, encouraging a reflective and well-informed approach to study.

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214 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK's best-selling student text for a reason! 17 Feb 2006
I am a tutor of adults and bought this book for my student bookshelf. It is an incredibly well-designed, easy-to-use manual full of tips, checklists, tables, questionnaires, diagrams and pictures. This makes it immediately appealing to work through and carry out all the self-questions and activities.
In terms of content the book covers the following topics: finding out your existing study skills and habits (good and bad), evaluating your individual learning style, memory techniques, time-saving tips, active learning strategies, using a computer/internet for study and research, finding information/resources, faster ways of reading, how to make notes and mind-maps, advice on writing essays, reports, dissertations, ending with revision and how to cope with stress and the dreaded exam!
Whether you are at GCSE level, A Level, at University or in adult education classes this book is bound to help you develop effective study skills and guarantee you success at your studies.
The book will really get you to reflect on how best to develop your own individual learning strategy. It respects the fact that students learn best by knowing about, and putting into practice, a number of different active and practical ways to get information to 'sink in'!
Highly recommended!
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can be an excellent student 21 Feb 2004
I have begun studying an MA after 10 years out of study. I was out of practice to say the least.This book is absolutely excellent!In a few desparate hours after receiving this book, I have become more confident in my abilities. It has sparked my enthusiasm and self-belief, showed me my strengths and given me strategies to work on my weaknesses.
It's a must for any student in need of some va va voom!It's user friendly, easy to follow and perfect to use while studying.It's the missing link in the quest to understand 'what to do'.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn in an exceptional performance 18 Sep 2005
By Zac
Simply put, without this book you can get by just fine with your education, but with it you could be exceptional.
Aimed at people in higher education, this book covers a whole cartload of subjects: study methods, organising your desk, and how to structure an essay to name but a few. The layout is superb with illustrations and boxed text, and Ms Cottrell writes with a style that's easy to read. Given the nature of this book, not everything is covered in minute detail, but the essential things the reader needs to know have definitely made it in.
I highly recommended this book to anyone currently in higher education, and although it's not aimed at them, even A-Level (and possibly GCSE) students will find something useful in it, such is its versatility.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Study Skills 28 July 2005
I am a mature student and newly diagnosed dyslexic. I have always struggled with study and retention of information. This book is a good and useful guide, it has ideas, diagrams, charts and is not too wordy for those of us who struggle with toiling through reams of accademic reading. I reccomend this book for anyone who is looking for help with any aspect of study and revision as it will lead to more accademic works, or just reinforce what you already know and need clarifying.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 29 Jun 2003
Returning to further education after a couple of decades in industry, I realised I would need to hone my "Study Skills". The university was great, running study skills workshops for all students who wished to attend. Odd how the session was full of oldies and returners to education. A useful reading list was provided at the end of the afternoon.
Cottrell's The Study Skills Handbook was at the top of the list. The book turned out to be an essential tool throughout my course, providing me with hints, tips and advice on how to get those extra marks.
This new version came out just in time to help me with my Case Study - with its new section covering what needs to be included. Well worth the upgrade to the latest edition for me.
A level pupils, undergraduates and post graduates will all find this book an accessible and vital source of clear advice, encouragement, and down to earth tips and techniques.
If only this one had have been around 20 years ago!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any undergraduate 12 Jun 2003
Stella Cottrell's The Study Skills Handbook has become the defacto standard study skills book for all undergraduate students - as well as returners to higher education after a break.
I took a break of 20 years before coming back to formal education for a post graduate course, and have found this book simply an invaluable tool. If only this had been around when I was an undergraduate!
Packed with loads of advice and examples, it covers all the ground necessary for university assignments. This latest edition covers Case Studies - something sorely missing from the previous edition.
Six out of five for this one. Quite simply, this book is essential if you are heading off to, or have already started, college
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great study book 24 May 2005
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I am a mature student returning to education. A tutor suggested that I borrow this book from the library to help me with my low grades.
I am eternally grateful to her because this book has helped and guided me on everything,
From 'how to write for university' through to what to expect at university and advice on how to study.
Everything is clearly laid out and explained.
This book should be given to all students wishing for a little extra help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for ALL undergraduates!
An excellent book for ALL first year undergraduates who would like to hone their skills. It's a 'must have' for anyone studying in higher education. You MUST buy this book!
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very interesting book. Would recommend to anyone. Good price and condition and quick delivery. I found this book was full of helpful advice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
bought this one as her previous book has been my bible so I just assumed it would be the case for this one but I was sadly disappointed. Oh well, one out of two aint bad.. :(
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The item arrived quickly and was very useful for learning how to study and for how to write essays. Reference it often in my essays.
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There were many of these books at a similar price. Basically as cheap as chips. However the reason I chose this one was because the company said the condition was very good. Read more
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Me and my partner bought this book to help as at uni. We found it extremely useful and in very good conditions. Delivery price was also good. Cheers
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