Essential Academic Skills encourages and supports students to develop their skills to become the best learners they can be. It takes a step-by-step approach to the essential skills required to complete a university degree and provides comprehensive learning support through examples and activities.
- A step-by-step approach to the core skills of finding sources, reading, writing, listening, speaking and researching within a university context.
- Complete instructions on how to avoid plagiarism, and enhance the use of sources, through paraphrasing, quotation, summary, in-text citations and reference lists.
- Comprehensive coverage of the essential assessment skills needed for success at university – academic essays, reports, case studies, reflective essays, presentations, group work, examinations, and primary research.
- Academic language support relevant to all university study and specific for each skill
- Appropriate academic examples provided for each step in the skill learning process.
- Useful in-book and online activities for students.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
About the Author
- New Chapter 2 Academic Language Support
- Chapters 4 Reading in an Academic Context and 5 Basic Academic Writing Skills have been significantly updated to cover the new technological possibilities in searching and referencing and to incorporate the latest version of the APA style (APA 6th)
Kathy Turner is a lecturer at the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University, where she teaches academic skills courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying students. Lyn Ireland is Tertiary Access Coordinator, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University.
Lyn is a highly experienced educator within the Indigenous context. She has over 25 years teaching experience encompassing Aboriginal communities both remote and urban in North Queensland and in the Northern Territory.
Brenda Krenus is Senior Adviser, Strategic Initiatives, to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), RMIT. She has taught in a wide range of tertiary settings offering programs in English language and communication to students studying internationally. Leigh Pointon is Academic Director at Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University.
1. Thinking About Learning
Ideas about the nature of learning
Approaches to learning
2. Academic Language Support
The distinctiveness of academic language
3. Listening and Participating
Listening in different contexts
4. Reading in an Academic Context
Skills in finding sources
5. Basic Academic Writing Skills
Incorporating claims from the literature
Writing reference lists
Constructing a paragraph around claims from the literature
6. Further Academic Skills: Working on an Assignment
Responding to the assignment task
Organising ideas and information
7. Essays and Reflective Writing
8. Doing Case Studies and Writing Reports
Identifying the problems
Writing up the case study
9. Collaborative Learning: Working in Groups
Collaborative group work
Cooperative group work
Formal and informal group work
Benefits of group work
Roles people play in groups
How groups develop
Managing group work challenges
Managing micro processes
The art of presentations
The informative presentation
Giving a team presentation
Leading a discussion
Learning throughout the course
Focuses learning for an examination: revision
Preparation for particular types of examinations
Types of examinations
Types of examination questions
What if ....
12. Doing Small-scale Exploratory Research Projects
What is research?
Researchable issues and questions
The research process
Quantitative versus qualitative research
13. Writing about Research
Writing up your report
Appendix A: Basic Guidelines for Writing Citations and Reference List
Items (APA 6th)
Appendix B: Additional Exercises for Chapter 5
Appendix C: Case Study Exercise
Appendix D: Reading and Understanding a Research Article