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.

Learning for Professional Practice: A Social Worker in the Making

Learning for Professional Practice: A Social Worker in the Making
Learning for professional practice: A social worker in the making

In this chapter we examine some of the issues involved in learning to become a social worker and in learning for professional practice. We will explore:

  • how you learn best;
  • different learning styles;
  • the value gained from learning with others;
  • the importance of reflective learning;
  • practice learning on field placements.

It's very helpful to think of yourself not as a student, but as a social worker in the making. (SW student)

The shift from thinking about yourself as a student to thinking about yourself as an emerging social worker, ‘a social worker in the making’, emphasizes the vitality of learning for professional practice. You are in charge of your learning. Learning is not ...

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