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Essential Academic Skills : Second Edition - Kathy Turner


Published: 22nd September 2011
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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 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)
About the Author

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.



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    1. Thinking About Learning
    Ideas about the nature of learning
    Approaches to learning

    2. Academic Language Support
    The distinctiveness of academic language
    Creating coherence

    3. Listening and Participating
    Listening well
    Listening in different contexts

    4. Reading in an Academic Context
    Skills in finding sources
    Reading well

    5. Basic Academic Writing Skills
    Writing objectively
    Incorporating claims from the literature
    Writing citations
    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
    PlanningWriting drafts

    7. Essays and Reflective Writing
    Reflective writing
    8. Doing Case Studies and Writing Reports
    Case studies
    Identifying the problems
    Making recommendations
    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

    10. Presentations
    The art of presentations
    The informative presentation
    Giving a team presentation
    Leading a discussion

    11. Examinations
    Why examinations
    Learning throughout the course
    Focuses learning for an examination: revision
    Preparation for particular types of examinations
    Types of examinations
    Types of examination questions
    The examination
    What if ....

    12. Doing Small-scale Exploratory Research Projects
    What is research?
    Researchable issues and questions
    The research process
    Quantitative versus qualitative research
    Scientific rigour
    Case studies

    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

    ISBN: 9780195576054
    ISBN-10: 0195576055
    Series: Essential Academic Skills 2e
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 352
    Published: 22nd September 2011
    Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 19.0  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 0.72
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised