An accessible textbook to help students develop their study skills.
Study Skills is an accessible textbook for nursing, health and social care students seeking to improve their study skills, develop their resilience, enhance their employability and cultivate a love of lifelong learning.
Through clear explanations, helpful hints, activities and quizzes, the book will help you to develop your study skills for both your studies and future career. You will learn:
- How to manage your time
- How to develop your reading and note-taking skills
- How to search the literature and apply critical thinking to your reading
- How to write essays and reference your sources
- How to use feedback and reflective practice to improve your academic performance
- How to deliver effective presentations
This book will help you to develop your study skills and become a resilient lifelong learner.
Essentials is a series of accessible, introductory textbooks for students in nursing, health and social care. New and forthcoming titles in the series:
- The Care Process
- Communication Skills
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- Study Skills
About the authors; Introduction
1. Skills for the resilient learner
Peggy Murphy and Marjorie Ghisoni
1.2 Five ways (5rs) to develop resilience for health and wellbeing
1.3 Developing resilience in everyday life
1.4 Developing resilience for lifelong learning
1.5 Developing resilience for employability
2. Effective time management
2.2 Strategies to combat time-wasters
2.3 Suggested study toolkit
3. Reading and note-taking skills
3.1 Finding the right information
3.2 Making concise notes
3.3 Writing a literature review
4. Skills for literature searching
4.2 Starting your literature search
4.3 What is literature?
4.4 Developing a systematic approach to literature reviewing
5. Skills for critical thinking
5.2 What is critical thinking?
5.3 How to think critically: a six-stage process
5.4 How does critical thinking improve resilience?
5.5 How does critical thinking improve employability?
6. Writing essays and reports
6.2 Begin at the beginning
6.3 Make a plan
6.4 Referencing from journals and books
6.5 Organising and composing your work
6.6 Engineering your work and writing reports
6.7 Spelling and structure
7. Referencing skills
Helen Thomas, Jacqui Maung, Ella Turner and Paul Verlander
7.1 Referencing and academic integrity
7.3 Developing a rigorous approach to referencing
Peggy Murphy and Craig Morley
8.2 The purpose of feedback
8.3 Feedback mindset
8.6 Marking rubrics
8.7 What to do after you receive feedback
9. Reflective writing skills
9.2 Models of reflective practice
9.3 Should we follow our gut instinct?
9.4 Keeping a reflective journal
9.5 Developing reflective resilience in our everyday practice
9.6 Reflective writing, self-compassion and student resilience
9.7 Reflective writing and lifelong learning
9.8 Professional requirements for reflective practice and lifelong learning
9.9 Reflective writing for employability
10. Skills for teamworking
10.2 What is a team?
10.3 Teamwork in time of change
10.4 Team role theory
10.5 The development of groups and teams
10.6 Communication and sustainable teamwork
10.7 Dealing with conflict
11. Skills for presentations and public speaking
11.2 The 3 Ps: preparation, planning, practice
11.3 Delivering the presentation
12. Skills for employability in health and social care
12.2 Developing employability skills using your lifelong learning skills
12.3 Key lifelong learning skills for employability
12.4 Employability skills and professional practice
12.5 Developing resilience skills to improve your employability
12.6 Developing transferable skills for employability
13. Skills for the developing professional
13.2 Developing resilience as a professional
13.3 Developing employability skills in professional practice
13.4 Developing lifelong learning skills as a professional
14. Lifelong learning skills: future-proof your learning
14.1 What is lifelong learning?
14.2 Where does resilience fit into LLL?
14.3 Employability and lifelong learning skills
14.4 Future-proofing learning to maintain professional standards
14.5 Future-proofing learning to maintain professional registration
14.6 Combining reflective practice with a growth mindset
Answers to chapter quizzes; Index
‘The contents of the book are laid out in an attractive, bright and easy to navigate format making it inclusive for all. The tone of the content is very positive, helping students enhance their employability and embracing the prospect of becoming a lifelong learner. There are many activities which can be utilised by lecturers during classes, to enhance development of study skills in all related subjects. I would highly recommend this book as an essential text and am already using and recommending it to pre-registration nurses of all fields.’
Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, University of Chester
‘Resilience is an underpinning feature of the book and indeed a chapter is dedicated to this discussion. With recent events of COVID-19 pandemic this focus is particularly welcomes as students navigate the balance of their studies with the demands and uncertainties of learning in practice where their resilience is challenged. The chapter on employability skills helps prepare the students for the future workplace which coupled with a chapter on lifelong learning helps futureproof the learner for working in health and social care areas.
In a saturated market of study skills books this book stands out and is a must have for those embarking on programmes of study in health and social care.’
Research Professor, University of Chester
‘My favourite thing about this publication was its paradoxical brevity and detail. I felt I was learning something during every paragraph, but that it was chunked into manageable, concise information.
The end of chapters was perfect; a conclusion, a summary, AND a quiz. I thought this was a great idea - to consolidate information, to make it interactive, and to know it’s there and I can flick back to that one page when I need to.’