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.

Academic Writing: Making it Work
Academic writing: Making it work

In this chapter, we look at key features of academic writing and suggest strategies for effective and appropriate writing. This will assist you to:

  • incorporate a large amount of evidence;
  • synthesize information from different sources;
  • demonstrate your own perspective;
  • write clearly;
  • produce a well-structured and cohesive piece of writing.

I was a bit nervous about academic writing.

I found coming from high school, learning to write academically was hard, like what is expected of you and the different things you have to include.

I came to uni really under-prepared. I had never done academic writing before. (SW students)

Academic writing is often daunting for students; they may see it as an ability that some people just seem to have. However, there's nothing magical about writing ...

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