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.

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing: Getting the Brain into Gear

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing: Getting the Brain into Gear
Critical thinking, reading and writing: Getting the brain into gear

In this chapter we look at critical thinking generally, what it involves and how to develop the necessary skills. We examine annotated extracts from articles and books, as well as critical reviews. You will learn how to:

  • read critically;
  • demonstrate critical thinking, and engage with other writers;
  • structure a critical review.

I was thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, am I the only person who doesn't have a clue what half those words were she just said?’ (SW student)

I really didn't understand what ‘critically analyse’ meant before. (SW student)

What is Critical Thinking in Social Work?

Rather than provide a list of the processes of critical thinking, we consider the views of a small ...

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