Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

The Study Skills Handbook (2Nd Edn)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

The Study Skills Handbook (2Nd Edn)

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The Study Skills Handbook (2nd edn) Cottrell S (2003) Palgrave Macmillan, UK; ISBN 1403911355; PB; vi + 295 pp; AUD 36.00

REVIEWER

MARIE GASPAR

Academic Skills Adviser

Deakin University

Burwood, Victoria

The fact that the Study Skills Handbook is into its second edition is an indication of its usefulness to a range of university students. Nursing students will find many interesting ideas about learning as well as practical strategies for improving their academic performance in this handbook. However, the principles and practices apply across the board to any discipline. The author has had many years of experience and much interaction with adult learners and this is apparent in the format, tone and content of this book. The book's design enables it to be used by many different types of learners with various learning styles, as it is filled with illustrations, text boxes, graphics, symbols, mind maps and linear lists. Thus, the presentation of the book mirrors its philosophy that there are many ways to learn.

Stella Cottrell's book is based on her extensive knowledge of the academic challenges students face and it is imbued with her excitement and passion for learning. Each chapter begins with learning outcomes and ends with a short summary. Some of the topics dealt with are researching, writing, presenting reports and case studies, group work projects, and sitting for examinations. …

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