This essential guide to study skills takes social work students through every step of their degree journey, providing them with the academic tools they will need to thrive along the way. Inventively informed by the insights and reflections of qualifying students, the book offers effective guidance that is grounded in real experience of the social work degree. It is particularly suited to those in their early years of study and supports students as ‘social workers in the making’. The book covers a comprehensive range of the core study skills, including:

Time management; Literature searches; Engaging with research; Responding to new styles of social work learning and teaching; Critical thinking; Academic writing; Presentations

With reflective questions, handy practical tips and links to helpful websites, this accessible handbook is the perfect study companion for every student on the path to professional qualification.

Discussions, Presentations, Debates and Role Plays: Up Close and Personal

Discussions, Presentations, Debates and Role Plays: Up Close and Personal
Discussions, presentations, debates and role plays: Up close and personal

In this chapter we discuss the types of spoken communication on which, as a social work student, you will be assessed and in which you will be expected to become skilful. This will assist you to:

  • facilitate discussions;
  • prepare and structure a presentation;
  • use visual aids effectively;
  • participate in debates;
  • participate in and benefit from role plays.

As a social worker in the making, you need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively face-to-face with your student peers, your lecturers and tutors, your future clients and colleagues. Social workers rely on personal communication for most of their professional practice, so rehearsing the variety of spoken and non-verbal communication forms you need ...

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