TABBING GUIDE New to this edition ... • • • •
Modern, contemporary design and font: pp v, 1, 6 -7, 9-11, 25, 48. Brand new chapter on ‘Time Management’: p141. Includes real-life tips from students and lecturers: pp 27, 32, 280. Now organised in parts making the structure even more coherent and easy to navigate: see Contents p v, and also pp 7, 151, 243, 271, 383. • E-learning now covered throughout [see E-Learning tab below].
Visual Design A range of visual design features help reinforce learning and enable students to process and apply the material in different ways: • Activities, checklists, self-evaluation questionnaires and templates allow for an interactive use of the book, allowing students to apply concepts to their own lives and practise recommended strategies [see Activities tab below]. • Cartoons strengthen key points made in the text and serve as visual memory joggers. They also make the book more lively and engaging. New cartoons: pp 9, 11, 121, 123. • New chapter tabs on side of pages offer easier navigability: pp 10, 36-37. • Headings at the top of pages make it easy to find information quickly: pp 37, 45. • Learning outcomes feature at the beginning of each section in a fluid way integral to the new design, making it easier to disseminate information: p 9, 35. • The layout, blue font and use of visual images make the book more accessible to dyslexic students and visual learners: p 3.
E-Learning Now covered throughout and fully updated to reflect the changes in e-learning seen since the last edition: pp 20-21, 81, 104, 142, 146, 260.
TABBING GUIDE Activities Lots of activities are included throughout, allowing students to learn via practical application and to reinforce learning. Highlights include: • Activities: where applicable, answers or feedback are provided at the end of each chapter: pp 42, 215, 277. • Interactive learning activities help reinforce learning: pp 22-23, 38, 165-7. • Self-evaluation questionnaires help students identify their study skills strengths and weaknesses and can be used to monitor progress: pp 29, 33 and 81. One highlight is the new APT-S framework pp 45-47. • Checklists: pp 46, 285. • Templates for essays, dissertations etc: pp 290, 295, 318, 321.
The Cottrell Formula for Success Stella Cottrell’s tried and tested approach recognises that we each have a unique formula for success; allowing students to explore which methods work best for them. These include: • Learning styles: p 75. • Creative Learning: and problem solving: pp 90 - 91. • Optimal Learning: pp 84-85. See also Introducing The Study Skills Handbook: p1 A reflective approach is necessary to develop deeper understanding in the long term but quick tips are also invaluable, especially in emergencies. By offering both, students can meet their immediate and long-term study needs. The book uses seven approaches to learning: pp 4-5. It uses an accessible writing style: p 9 and encouraging, motivational language: p 382.
TABBING GUIDE Reflection Students are encouraged throughout to reflect on their study behaviour using a reflective learning journal to clarify their thoughts and emotions, work out strategies and monitor their development and progress: pp 97, 99.
Further Features At the end of each chapter, there is a review of the information covered: p 34. Tips provide further information: p 300. Pages containing self-evaluations, checklists, planners and record sheets may be photocopied for individual reuse [see Activities Tab]. Additional material can be found on our free website palgravestudyskills.com, where students can also download some of the resource material featured in the book. An index enables students to find topics quickly: p 426. The appendix contains a quick multiplier grid: p 405 and a list of online research tools: p406. New useful glossary of terms useful to know in higher education: p410.
Some chapters have moved ... Memory was Chapter 13 - now Chapter 8: p203. Working with others was Chapter 5 - now Chapter 10: p245. Critical analytical thinking was Chapter 12 - now Chapter 7: p187. Confidence with numbers was Chapter 10 - now Chapter 9: p219.
Endorsements for the 4th Edition ... ‘Superbly organised and beautifully laid out, with really helpful worked examples and lots of practical tips, this guide is sensitive to the variety of students’ learning styles and the different tasks demanded of them. It’s essential reading for students, but it’s also an invaluable resource for instructors looking for strategies to enrich their teaching.’ - Dr Ian W. Archer, Fellow and Tutor in Hostory, Keble College, University of Oxford, UK
‘It was a challenge to update a classic, but Cottrell’s guide just gets better and better.’ - Tracy Johnson, Skills Development Officer, Careers Service, University of Bristol, UK
‘The 4th edition has been extensively revised including new material on research projects, case studies, time management and creative problem solving ... this is an excellent handbook that should be widely used in higher education by students and teachers of skills alike as an accessible yet comprehensive resource.’ - Neil Winn, Senior Lecturer in European Studies, School of Politics & International Studies, University of Leeds, UK