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

Reading for Information

Reading for information


Glossary: A mini-dictionary containing specialist terminology or unfamiliar words.

Reflective reading: A more thoughtful and considered reading process, where you think about and question the text.

Scanning: An approach to reading where, rather than reading every word, you look for key words relating to specific information.

Skimming: An approach to reading where, rather than reading every word, you skim through the text to gain the gist of what it says.

At a Glance

This chapter is for you if

  • You find that it takes you a long time to read even a short piece of information
  • You find that as you read your mind drifts
  • You struggle to understand what something is saying
  • You get lost in the ‘detail’ of the text
  • You feel compelled to read every single word ...
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