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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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      PART 1 – IN PLACE
      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

      PART 3 - IN DETAIL
      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 1.7
      Weight (kg): 0.67
      Edition Number: 4
      Edition Type: Revised