Study Skills for Master’s Level Students, second edition

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Debbie Casey, Liz Clark, Sally Hayes

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Format: Ebook

Publication date: June 20, 2017

Pages: 164 pages

ISBN: 9781908625427 Related titles: ,

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Study Skills for Master’s Level Students will help students to develop the skills they need to make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate thinking, researching and writing.

The second edition of this very popular book has been comprehensively updated to include the latest research publications and policy documents. The authors consider the characteristics, expectations and requirements of Master’s level study and examine key topics such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Developing independent study skills
  • Finding and using literature
  • Applying postgraduate skills in the workplace
  • Writing at Master’s level
  • How to get published.

The book is free of jargon and easy to use, with clearly defined learning goals. Questions and reflective activities support independent learning and enquiry, and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter.

Study Skills for Master’s Level Students is ideal for independent study or for use by lecturers in workshop settings.

From reviews of the first edition:
“A very comprehensive and accessible guide which is contemporary and related to
application within the workplace.”
“Easy to read and well presented.”
“Very useful; activities excellent.”
“I thought the complete book is a must for all postgraduate students.”
“This book is excellent and I wish I had had a chance to read [it] pre my MSc course.”

Abbreviations; Introduction

1. What is masterly?
     1.1 Introduction
     1.2 Studying at Master's level
     1.3 Being a Master's student
     1.4 What is 'masterly'?

2. What is critical thinking?
     2.1 Introduction
     2.2 What is critical thinking?
     2.3 Conceptions of knowledge
     2.4 The link to creative thinking
     2.5 Why is critical thinking important?
     2.6 How do I become a critical thinker?

3. Becoming an independent learner
     3.1 Introduction
     3.2 The adult learner
     3.3 Becoming a Master's student
     3.4 Managing your studies

4. Finding and critiquing literature
     4.1 Introduction
     4.2 Reading as a postgraduate skill
     4.3 Retrieving relevant current literature
     4.4 Life scripts

5. Writing at Master’s level
     5.1 Introduction
     5.2 Expectations of written work at Master's level
     5.3 Types of academic writing

6. Hot to get published
     6.1 Introduction
     6.2 What should I write about?
     6.3 Where do I publish my work?
     6.4 The process of writing
     6.5 Coping with rejection or requests to revise
     6.6 Support for writing
     6.7 Other types of scholarly activity

7. Applying postgraduate knowledge and skills in the workplace
     7.1 Introduction
     7.2 Knowledge and skills development in Master's education
     7.3 Problem-solving and decision-making
     7.4 The importance of postgraduate skills in service development or in doing things differently
     7.5 Postgraduate skills and professional practice
     7.6 Postgraduate skills in a 'patient-led', 'consumerist' society

References; Index

Must have.
‘Really helpful during my first module of my masters.’
Amazon reviewer

‘This book is excellent and I wish I had had a chance to read pre my MSc course. It clearly highlights the difference between BSc and Master’s level and has several good chapters that students will find more than useful. I particularly like the critical thinking, reflective, reading papers and writing at Master’s level, all the areas which often cause student the most concern. The book is easy to read and easy to use. I would recommend it to all post reg students looking to do Master’s level education.’
Associate Lecturer, Swansea University

‘Great book for getting your head around masters study.’
Amazon reviewer

Very useful.
‘Studying at MA level for the 1st time. This is not only easy to read, it is easy to understand. I've bought three books and this is by far the favourite. It has really explained what is required at this level. A great “how to” book.’
Amazon reviewer

‘This is a very comprehensive text for students commencing MSc studies. This will be useful to inform students what is expected of them and how to achieve their outcomes. Easy to read and well presented.’
Programme Leader, University of the West of Scotland

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