FOR DISCUSSION - THIS BOOK HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL BUT THERE ARE STRATEGIC ISSUES AROUND WHETHER OR NOT WE INVEST IN THE BIG, BUT COMPETITIVE, STUDY SKILLS MARKET. THERE ARE QUESTIONS TO BE ADDRESSED ABOUT THE BOOK (HOW APPLIED/PRACTICAL SHOULD IT BE, HOW MUCH FOCUS ON SELF-ASSESSMENT). I WANTED TO BRING THE PROJECT TO THE MEETING NOW TO ESTABLISH WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO PURSUE IT. MARKET: Formal study skills courses are becoming an ever more common part of the university curriculum in the UK. Many universities are employing "study skills" tutors and running study skills courses during the university year and the Summer. For example, Huddersfield University now employs 5 "academic skills" tutors, one for each "school". This development is in response to the increasing numbers of students coming to university from non-traditional backgrounds, who need a lot of help and support with study skills. There is also a growth in lifelong learning programmes where study skills for older people returning to study are a core part of the curriculum. THE BOOK: In recent years there has been an avalanche of new information about memory, information processing and learning, yet there has been a delay in communicating this to the people who would benefit most. The principles of accelerated learning are not routinely taught to either students or tutors and many people are expected to engage in formal study without knowing how to learn effectively. This book aims to fill this gap, making modern learning research accessible to students. Existing study skills texts are traditional in their choice of topic areas and typically do not make use of latest thinking on accelerated and brain friendly learning techniques. This book aims to provide the student with innovative, fun ways of making their study more effective, and to tailor their study techniques to their own particular psychological style and make-up. Using questionnaires and self-tests, the student is asked to evaluate their own best learning styles (eg which "multiple intelligences" do they possess) and then to design their own learning programmes. The book is written in an extremely lively, interactive format (I have two sample chapters).
"At long last, a study guide that's not only useful but actually fun to use and evidence-based to boot! Congratulations to Tamblin and Ward. This deserves to become the standard text in this area. Not only will I recommend it to my students (and my children) I'm going to mine it for tips for myself!" Dr Susie Page, Principal Lecturer, University of Greenwich
"This book is a breath of fresh air. It turns a vast range of expertise and experience about how learning happens into a usable form, with hot tips, questions and answers, and much more. It?s the ?off-the-wall? study guide ? ?out of the box? ? and it works. It liberates the human brain from all the stuffy thinking about effective studying being simply hard work, and encourages owners to make use of all of their brains ? not just a few academic bits." Philip Race, Senior Academic Staff Development Officer, University of Leeds
"The Smart Study Guide by Louise Tamblin and Pat Ward is a comprehensive and evidence-based guide about how to study and learn effectively. It has an easy to read layout with hot tips, activities, questions and answers plus diagrams, mind map flow charts and key learning points.", Jacqui Tisch, tutor, Waitakere Adult Literacy Inc
"Having read just about every study skills book out there, there is not a lot that excites me about yet another new one ?but this one is in line with current thinking by being research and evidence based. To my delight I could dip into it and use two ? three good ideas straight away without much adaption. Overall, this is essential for the staff shelf and student resources section ? well worth the reasonable price", Jan Stewart, Manager, Student Learning Support Service, Victoria University of Wellington
"The value of books like this lie as much in how they motivate as much as what they cover. The authors have done very well in this respect. The book reads like a mixture of quiz and ideas with some research thrown in...With it's mixture of good ideas and lighter reading style this is one of the best study books that has come on the market in some time. A "must-buy"; it should be on every library shelf." Dr Paul Ganderton, British Ecological Society's Teaching Ecology Group
"This book is a ?must have? for all senior students or adults considering returning to education after some time away. It gives an excellent insight into the actions of learning. ?.it is helpful in getting you to understand not only how to study but also how you should be studying? It could also give some current students a reality check, while motivating them and encouraging them to focus in a different way. ?.the reviews are all stunning and supportive?. This book should be essential reading in any place when study and learning is occurring." Barbara Hudson (Director), Good Teacher Magazine, Term 1, 2007
"What a find! Here is a book which is so informative, so useful and easy to apply, that it is difficult to resist the temptation of putting the advice and lessons of each chapter into practise before going on with the next...After twenty-five years of teaching adult students I was frankly amazed at the value of the material for me, and I am delighted to be able to make immediate use of a great deal of the contents. As parents and grandparents I?m sure that many of my students will want to get their families involved in trying out some of the approaches and guidelines. In my opinion no student is too young or too old to benefit from this book, and my congratulations to the authors!" Colin Knox, Director, Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki, New Zealand
"This is a good book and is strongly recommended for those students that still read books. It is full of excellent advice (how to read, how to write essays, how to pass exams, etc.), and although it would probably not be read in its entirety (and there is a section on speed reading for those in a hurry!) it is packed with useful tips...Any student reading this would surely improve his/her performance immensely" E. J. Wood, Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy
1. Becoming an Effective Learner.
2. Preparing for Study.
3. Multiple Intelligences: Using All Your Strengths.
4. Learning Preferences.
5. Working with Others.
6. Reading Techniques.
7. How to Remember Everything You Need To!.
8. Making Notes.
9. Generating Ideas.
10. Becoming a Critical Thinker.
11. How to Write an Essay.
12. Portfolios, Reflective Journals and Learning Logs.
Appendix 1 Gardner?s Criteria for Intelligence.
Appendix 2 Answers.
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 228.55 x 154.58 x 16.35
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1