Study Skills for Health and Social Care Students
Publication Year: 2009
Study Skills for Health Students and Social Care Students helps students and practitioners to build confidence through developing the key skills required for both academic study and clinical practice.
Claire Craig introduces all the skills necessary to bridge the gap between study and practice, with a strong focus on the contextualization of skills and their transferability to the clinical setting. Fundamental skills and principles for researching, processing information, and for communicating and expressing findings are all covered.
It includes practical advice on:
organizing student learning; accessing support; recording ideas and information; expressing ideas verbally; expressing ideas in writing; working with others
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: Introduction
- Chapter 1: In the Beginning…
- Chapter 2: How to Gain the Most from this Text
- Chapter 3: Skills in Context… Beginning at the End
- Chapter 4: Getting Started: A Survival Guide to the First Few Weeks of your Course
Part II: Organising your Learning
- Chapter 5: Setting and Achieving Goals
- Chapter 6: Managing Time Effectively
- Chapter 7: Managing Anxiety
- Chapter 8: Accessing Support
Part III: Building and Developing Skills
- Chapter 9: Reflective Practice: Turning Experience into Learning
- Chapter 10: Researching Information
- Chapter 11: Reading for Information
- Chapter 12: Recording Ideas and Information
- Chapter 13: Writing for Information
- Chapter 14: Thinking as a Skill
- Chapter 15: Preparing for and Performing Well in Pressured Situations
- Chapter 16: Presenting yourself Well
- Chapter 17: Working with Others
Part IV: Planning and Preparing for the Future
© Claire Craig 2009
First published 2009
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I dedicate this book to Carol and Nicola – the two greatest friends a girl could have[Page vi]
This book would not have been possible without the help and support of my many students who have so generously given their time and shared their ideas and experiences. Particular thanks to Angela Bedson, Helen Brown and Helen Saunders for their enthusiasm, wisdom and for transporting me back to my student days.
Thank you to Chris Glover from the Learning and Teaching Institute at Sheffield Hallam University and occupational therapist Janet Ulman, who gave up their time to read through and comment on drafts of the text, and to Patrick Brindle from SAGE for all his help, encouragement and for turning the dream into a reality.
I would like to reserve a special thanks to my amazing husband Neil, who has patiently navigated this journey with me and has shared his creative talents, providing the illustrations that accompany this book. And to Eddie for patiently foregoing many walks while I was sitting at the computer.[Page x]
Endings and New Beginnings[Page 307]
Learning is a journey for which there is never really an end. As soon as you arrive at your destination you will realise that there is another adventure to look forward to: a new country to navigate, another path to follow. As the final chapter has illustrated, health and social care practice is very much like this. You will arrive at the end of your training, hopefully succeed in gaining your dream job and discover a range of new and exciting challenges you will strive to meet, different places to go, new things to try.
I hope that this book has helped build your confidence and equipped you with skills that will enable you to move to the next exciting chapter of your career, to climb the highest mountains and to go on to wherever you choose.
Fellow traveller, thank you for your company. It has been a pleasure.