Study Skills for Foundation Degrees

Study Skills for Foundation Degrees

by Dorothy Bedford, Elizabeth Wilson

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Study Skills for Foundation Degrees offers a step-by-step guide to the skills needed to successfully complete a Foundation Degree. Filled with activities and useful tips, it will help students to move from nervous novice to confident expert and provide them with the necessary tools to accomplish this. By reading this book, students will be able to learn new skills and enhance existing ones. This third edition has been fully updated and features new chapters on e-learning and dissertations as well as expanded sections on ethics, feedback and referencing. Each chapter includes practical guidance as well as student perspectives that will help students through their course of study. It includes advice on how to support learning, boost motivation and enhance time management, and covers all the essential skills required for successful study, including: Effective reading and note-taking strategies, Developing oral skills in a wide range of presentation settings, including what makes a good presentation and how each stage of the process can be prepared for, Carrying out well-planned, methodologically sound and well-written research, preparing for examinations and other forms of assessment, Producing a professional development portfolio or winning CV, Highly accessible, this new edition is an essential resource for all Foundation Degree students who want to get the most out of their course, mature students or anyone with limited or no experience of academic study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367331351
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/11/2019
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Dorothy Bedford is Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University.

Elizabeth Wilson is Senior Lecturer at Trinity St David, University of Wales, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

About the authors xii

1 Preparing for foundation degree study 1

Understanding foundation degrees 1

Creating a support network of family, friends and colleagues 5

Preparing a space to study 6

Some top tips for success 7

Websites to visit for more information 9

References 9

2 Learning as an adult 10

How do we learn? 10

Levels of learning 11

Types of learning 13

Building on previous experience 14

Motivation for further study 16

Managing your morale 18

Further reading 21

References 21

3 Effective reading and note-taking strategies 23

The learning resources centre 23

Reading effectively 26

Making notes 28

Websites to visit for more information 32

References 33

4 Developing your oral presentation skills 34

Why develop presentation skills? 34

What makes a good presentation? 35

Preparation 37

The presentation 47

Further reading 49

References 49

5 Data collection and presentation 50

Why collect data? 50

Deciding what to research 57

Common data collection techniques 65

Drawing conclusions from the data 68

Websites to visit for more information 71

Further reading 71

References 71

6 Effective academic writing techniques - essays 72

Writing your first essay 72

Writing for academic purposes 80

Checklist before submission of any written work 84

Websites to visit for more information 85

Further reading 85

References 85

7 Effective academic writing techniques - other types of assignments 86

Writing reports 86

Summarising practical and project work 88

Writing short entries 88

Writing a critical review 90

Reflective writing 92

Précis, or the art of writing precisely 93

Writing a dissertation 93

Websites to visit for more information 95

Further reading 95

References 95

8 Referencing and avoiding plagiarism 96

Acknowledging sources of information 96

Creating your bibliography 103

The Harvard system 103

Sources which should be acknowledged 106

Online reference generators 107

What is plagiarism and how can it be avoided? 108

Further reading 110

References 110

9 Using technology to enhance your learning 111

Finding the right search, tool 111

Judging the quality of the information 113

Organising information using social bookmarks 116

The importance of anti-virus software and backups 118

Learning online in the virtual classroom 119

Creating an e-portfolio 121

Netiquette - a guide to good communications using technology 122

Developing your digital skills 123

Websites to visit for more information 123

References 124

10 How to manage your time, handle stress and cope with exams 125

Practical strategies for managing your time 125

Ideas for managing stress 131

Coping with exams and revision 133

Further reading 138

References 139

11 Reflective practice and continuing professional development 140

Keeping a reflective journal 140

Producing a professional development portfolio 144

Personal development planning (PDP) 149

Websites to visit for more information 152

Further reading 153

References 153

12 Progressing to an honours degree and producing a winning CV 154

What next? Using your careers service 154

Further study: how to find the relevant honours degree course 155

Producing a winning CV: reflecting on your experiences 157

Now write your CV 161

Completing an application form 165

Writing a letter of application 166

Your next steps on the road of lifelong learning 167

Websites to visit for more information 168

Further reading 168

References 168

Bibliography 169

Websites 173

Glossary 175

Index 182

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