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

Recording Ideas and Information

Recording ideas and information


Care record: A collection of material relating to a client's care provision.

Flow charts: A way of presenting information sequentially.

Linear notes: Notes presented using bullet points or numbered lists.

Mind map: A technique which represents information in words and pictures.

Professional standards: A set of agreed practices set down by a professional body.

At a Glance

This chapter is for you if

  • You tend to write down everything you hear or read
  • Your notes comprise photocopies where every other line is highlighted with a marker pen
  • You start off with good intentions but soon feel overwhelmed by the detail and amount of information, become bored and give up
  • You tend to copy out chunks of text and rarely write things in your own words
  • On clinical placement you ...
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