"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.

Verbal Skills

Verbal skills

Chapter Overview

  • The importance of verbal communication in presentations and seminars.
  • Types of seminars.
  • Sources of student anxiety and some ideas to overcome them.
  • Techniques to deliver competent performance.
  • Encouraging dialogue and discussion, building confidence.

It is becoming increasingly common to expect students to take part in group discussions, and sometimes to lead them. This is thought to be a helpful exercise to get students engaged with academic material, and it also involves ‘transferable skills’ of the kind we discussed in Chapter 4, since giving a presentation is common in work situations too. As usual, you would expect to find the actual procedures to vary from one university to another and even from one course to another. Some of our own colleagues over the years have run student ...

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