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Books in the Macmillan Study Skills series

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  • - Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection
    by Stella Cottrell

    Written by internationally renowned author Stella Cottrell, this is an essential resource for students looking to refine their thinking, reading and writing skills.

  • by Jeanne Godfrey

    Reading is part and parcel of academic writing, and knowing which sources to include in assignments and go about this process can be challenging.

  • by Stella Cottrell

    This essential companion for lecturers and study skills advisors alike sets study skills teaching in context and outlines positive environments to enhance student skills. It provides practical guidance on developing interactive group skills, revision and exam strategies, writing, memory and critical analysis skills.

  • by Mark Harrison, Vanessa Jakeman & Ken Paterson

  • by John Peck & Martin Coyle

    Practical criticism underlies everything students of English literature do. This book is a practical, step-by-step guide which shows the student how to gain a sense of what a poem or passage of prose or drama is about, how to analyse it and how to build a successful essay.

  • by Nigel Messenger

    Forster's novels have always given great pleasure to the general reader but they do present particular problems for those who wish to study them in a more systematic way.

  • by John Peck

    This practical reference for university and senior high school students shows how to read, understand and analyze poetry. Included are sections on narrative poetry and writing essays.

  • by Sandra Egege

    Throughout, real-world examples illustrate the value of critical thinking in both academia and everyday life, and activities allow students to put new skills into practice. Becoming a Critical Thinker is an essential introduction to critical thinking for undergraduates of all subject areas.

  • by Peter Kahn

    As students of mathematics or its applications progress, courses focus increasingly on mathematical theories and applications themselves, and less on how to study these complex ideas. This text aims to bridge this gap by focusing on the essential skills needed to study these complex ideas.

  • by Ursula Hackett

    Ursula Hackett's tried-and-tested approach for essay success helps students to create brilliant, original, high-scoring essays that are enjoyable to write - and read.

  • - Improve Your Wellbeing and Academic Performance
    by Gareth Hughes


    This book will equip Social Work students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to produce first-rate written assignments. Students are taken through the core stages of working on an assignment, from planning the task and reading and note-making through to finding and evaluating sources, drafting a text, and editing and proofreading.

  • by Andrew (The Open University Northedge

    Part 1 begins by exploring institutional expectations and common anxieties and exam myths, before showing students how to tackle various types of exam, including essay-based exams, short-answer questions, multiple-choice questions, calculation-based exams and open book exams.

  • by Ben Martin, Elizabeth Tanguay & Peter Hanratty

    This book takes students step-by-step through the process of planning and writing a reflective essay, beginning with crucial guidance on planning and structure. It introduces different reflective frameworks and shows readers how to structure a piece of writing according to a particular framework.

  • - Effective Strategies for Coursework and Exams
    by Peter Lia

    This innovative book provides clear and straight-forward strategies which help students to understand the conventions of academic assignments and what lecturers expect from their work.

  • - How to Improve Your Focus and Be More Critical
    by Jamie Q Roberts & Caitlin Hamilton

    This concise and practical text will equip students with the effective reading strategies they need when preparing for their university assessments. It dispels assumptions often made about the nature of reading at university, and provides an overview of the culture of academic reading, note-making, and what markers expect.

  • by Harry Witchel

    This book will equip readers with all the skills needed to write convincing and polished assignments in biomedical sciences.

  • - What Markers Look For
    by Jamie Q Roberts

    This engaging text shows students what markers look for in their work and helps them to develop the skills they need to produce a first-class essay.

  • by I.W. Mabbett

    To write history successfully, it is essential to understand the nuts and bolts of technique as well as the underlying principles which govern the whole process. Writing History Essays takes you step by step through the process of writing an assignment, breaking it down into a series of manageable tasks, including: * selecting sources* reading critically* taking notes* planning and drafting your essay* referencing correctly and avoiding plagiarism This book also takes you beyond the essay, with practical advice on writing book reviews, reports and dissertations, as well as guidance on sitting examinations. This new edition includes reflective questions at the end of each chapter and discussion of visual and web-based sources, making it an indispensable guide for history students.

  • by Nick Moore, Hayo Reinders & Marilyn Lewis

    Aimed at providing non-native English speakers with the skills needed to study overseas at an English-speaking University, this practical handbook prepares students to live abroad, understand university culture, and to improve their English. It is built around activities that give hands-on practice to make overseas university study a success.

  • - Academic Diary
    by London, UK) Cottrell & Stella (University of East London

    Formerly published as The Palgrave Student Planner, it contains everything students need to organise their information and time effectively, including study skills advice, week-to-view diary pages, habit trackers, personal finance guidance, timetables, useful contacts and websites, spelling rules, notes pages and much more.

  • by Martin Sedgley

    Packed with activities, 'pause for thought' reflective tasks, student insights and model assignments, Skills for Business and Management is an essential resource for undergraduates and postgraduates on any Business and Management course.

  • by Rena Frohman & Karen Lupton

    This practical book will equip students with the critical thinking, reading and writing skills required to succeed both on their course and in their professional placements.

  • by John Peck

  • by John Peck & Martin Coyle

  • by Samuel Bruning Larsen

    Written specifically for engineering students, this handbook is packed with practical guidance on conducting projects and writing clear and coherent reports.

  • by Barbara Bassot

    This interactive study journal places students at the centre of their learning experience and shows them how to develop the skills needed to be successful.

  • by Steve Rook

    Packed with reflective activities, top tips for successful applications and real life case studies, it contains everything students need to develop their skills, get their foot in the door and set themselves up for a fulfilling future.This text will be core reading for students on a wide range of career-related and employability modules.

  • by Charlotte Barrow & Rebecca Westrup

    This concise text will help your students get to grips with the core academic skills they need to succeed at written assignments, including critical thinking, reading, note-making and assignment planning.

  • by Siew Hean Read

    This engaging guide will equip students who are non-native speakers of English with the tools and confidence to respond effectively and appropriately to written assignments at university.

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