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

Reflective Practice: Turning Experience into Learning

Reflective practice: Turning experience into learning


Critical incident: An experience that leads to learning.

PDP: Personal development planning. This is a process of identifying strengths and needs, and planning ways to address these.

Reflecting in action: A phrase coined by Donald Schön to describe thinking on your feet.

Reflecting on action: A phrase again coined by Donald Schön to describe the kind of thinking you do after an event.

At a Glance

This chapter is for you if

  • You believe that reflection is something that only happens when you look in the mirror
  • You make the same mistakes again and again
  • You find it difficult to use feedback
  • You are frequently overwhelmed by an emotional response to a situation and find yourself getting ‘stuck’ and unable to move on
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