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Making the Grade : A guide to successful Communication and Study : 4th Edition - Iain Hay

Making the Grade

A guide to successful Communication and Study : 4th Edition


Published: 28th June 2012
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This book is a practical guide for students, full of the essential communication and study skills that will help them 'make the grade'. Covering all the skills that will be used across a degree, the book begins with listening skills, efficient time management and working effectively with a team and takes students right through their course to the best tips for taking exams.

In between, it investigates and explains all formats in which lecturers usually ask students to convey their ideas, including essays, reports, annotated bibliographies, reviews, oral presentations, posters, and figures and tables. It also offers assistance revision, referencing and using the library effectively.

Students can read the book from front to back, look up particular topics as they need to, or use just one section they find useful. Each chapter is self-contained and deals with a different aspect of the skills necessary for both successful university learning and communication, assisting students to navigate the culture, language and conventions of successful study at university.

About the Authors

Iain Hay is Professor in the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management at Flinders University. He has taught in a variety of capacities at universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Dianne Bochner is retired from the English Department at Flinders University, where she taught professional writing and communication skills as well as literary studies.

Gill Blacket is a Digital Resources Librarian at Flinders University.

Carol Dungey worked in libraries for 25 years, was formerly Campus Librarian at University of South Australia, Senior Reference Librarian at Flinders University Library and Library Site Manager, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, South Australia.


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    1. Starting out – university study and you
    What is university learning all about?
    Learning: how do you go about it?
    Learning in lectures
    Learning to listen
    Taking good notes in lectures
    Learning in tutorials, seminars and workshops
    Learning and listening

    2. Settling down – studying alone
    Studying outside formal classes
    Planning your study time
    Studying at night
    Studying as part of a group
    Getting started with your university study
    Reading for study
    Making notes for essays and other assignments

    3. Teaming up – working in groups
    What is a team?
    Why use teams for study and in the workplace?
    What does teamwork offer individuals?
    What kind of tasks are appropriate for teams rather than individuals?
    What makes a team effective?
    How can you make your team effective?
    Maintaining an effective team
    Supportive behaviour within the team
    Collaborative writing of a team project
    Making a team presentation

    4. Finding out – becoming well informed
    Why are information skills important?
    Becoming familiar with the library?
    Finding resources listed on a reading list
    Using the library’s searching tools
    Locating material in the library building
    Electronic collections
    Finding information for your assignment
    Summing up

    PART 2 – IN TEXT
    5. Writing up – essay writing
    Why write?
    What is an essay?
    How do you write a good essay?
    What are your essay markers looking for?
    The matter of scholarship

    6. Arguing through – preparing and presenting written argument
    How do we define an argument?
    What makes a strong inductive argument?
    What is acceptable reasoning and evidence in developing an argument?
    What is unacceptable reasoning or evidence?
    A word of warning
    A summary of the requirements for a strong argumentative essay
    Some hints for planning an argumentative essay

    7. Stating facts – presenting research findings
    What are report readers looking for?
    General layout of a report
    Written expression and presentation
    Writing a laboratory report

    8. Making sense – writing annotated bibliographies, summaries and reviews
    Preparing an annotated bibliography
    Writing summaries or précis
    Writing a review

    9. Writing well – language and sentence structure
    What is good writing?
    Achieving the goals of good functional writing
    Choosing the right word
    Using inclusive language
    Structuring clear sentences
    Finding out about correct grammar

    10. Dotting ‘i’s – using punctuation correctly
    Why is punctuation important?
    Using abbreviations and other shortened forms of words or phrases
    Using apostrophes correctly
    Using capital letters
    Using colons
    Using semicolons
    Using commas
    Using ellipses
    Using the full stop
    Using numbers
    Using quotation marks
    Finding out more about punctuation

    11. Owning up – acknowledging sources
    The author-date (Harvard) system
    The note system
    The Vancouver system
    Notes and note identifiers
    The importance of acknowledging soruces

    PART 4 – ON SHOW
    12. Speaking out – public speaking
    Why are public speaking skills important?
    Preparing to give a talk
    Delivering your talk
    Coping with questions

    13. Showing off – communicating with figures and tables
    Why communicate graphically?
    General guidelines for clear graphic communication
    Difference types of graphs

    14. Pasting up – preparing posters
    Why make a poster?
    How to produce a poster
    What are your poster markers looking for?
    Designing your poster
    Visibility and colour
    Acknowledging sources

    15. Facing up – succeeding in exams
    Why have exams?
    Types of exam
    Preparing for an exam
    Sitting exams: a guide to technique for written exams
    Specific advice for multiple choice exams
    Specific advice for oral exams
    Specific advice for open book exams
    Specific advice for take-home exams
    Online exams

    ISBN: 9780195576085
    ISBN-10: 019557608X
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 28th June 2012
    Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 19.1  x 1.6
    Weight (kg): 0.67
    Edition Number: 4