"This book takes a clear approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice, and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills for future employment. Issues examined include how to maximize your academic performance, develop powers of expression, analyze data, write a dissertation, and identify what employers want."—ABSTRACTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTThis book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of University life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability. Topics covered include: " What employers want;" How educational performance can be maximized;" How to maximise powers of expression;" How to analyze data; " What to do and avoid doing in writing a dissertation.Written in an engaging and non-nonsense style, by experienced teachers, the book offers students the perfect one stop guide to making their university study experience count.

Starting Off

Starting off

Chapter Overview

  • Building on (conventional) study skills.
  • Adjusting to a new environment – adopting a research stance.
  • Developing basic competence in academic work.
  • Dealing with problems of social adjustment.
  • Students from ‘unconventional’ backgrounds.
  • Mature students.

We are focusing on requirements that depend not just on skills but on an understanding of the culture, values, and beliefs of higher education teaching. Luckily, if you are studying social sciences, you will be given some useful theoretical tools and perspectives which are designed to help you understand other organizations and other ways of life, but which can also be applied to university life too. We discuss later a few suggestions based on the work of Bourdieu or Goffman, for example, to help understand universities and social distinction, and social interaction respectively. You ...

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