As part of the Sage Course Companion series, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of penology. It provides hints and tips on how to apply this information to maximum effect in coursework and examinations. This is a highly accessible text is for those new to prison studies, or for anyone looking for a refresher. It provides structure and background for all prison and punishment modules on undergraduate criminology/ criminal justice degrees. Written in a straightforward and clear style, the book gives detailed explanations for all academic terms used.

Exam Hints

Exam Hints

Exam hints

Core Areas:

  • handling your nerves
  • time management
  • task management
  • attend to practical details
  • the art of ‘name dropping
  • a politician's answer
  • missing your question
  • pursue a critical approach
  • analyse the parts
  • when asked to ‘discuss
  • if a ‘critique’ is requested
  • if asked to ‘compare and contrast
  • when asked to ‘evaluate

Handling your Nerves

Exam nerves are not unusual: it has been concluded that test anxiety arises because of the perception that your performance is being evaluated, that the consequences are likely to be serious and that you are working ...

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