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.

Time: The Elastic Commodity
Time: The elastic commodity

In this chapter we look at your management of time as a social work student. It will help you to:

  • understand how you make best use of time;
  • plan your studying;
  • deal with anxiety over deadlines and time pressure;
  • recognize the different demands on your time as a social worker in the making.

The laws of science do not distinguish between the forward and backward directions of time. (Hawking, 1988: 160)

Time may be looped in the bizarre world of quantum physics but that is not the case for you – time marches ever forward for the social work student. Time is tricky and needs management. But Hawking (1988) following Einstein also demonstrated that time is relative and malleable, and by clever planning you ...

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