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

Thinking as a Skill

Thinking as a skill


Analytical thinking: Dissecting and examining evidence to find other ways of thinking about and processing information.

Clinical reasoning: The complex thought process you go through in practice when making decisions.

Critical thinking: A way of examining and thinking about what you hear, see or read, weighing up the arguments for and against. Not taking things at face value.

Parallel thinking: A process of looking at an issue from different perspectives all at the same time.

Problem-solving: The process of finding a solution to a challenge.

At a Glance

This chapter is for you if

  • Thinking gives you a headache
  • You find it hard to see beyond the obvious
  • Your assignments read: ‘must be more critical’
  • Decision-making brings you out in a cold sweat
  • Your decision-making process currently consists ...
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