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.

Essay and Report Writing: Getting the Words onto the Page

Essay and Report Writing: Getting the Words onto the Page
Essay and report writing: Getting the words onto the page

In this chapter we look at two common forms of academic writing in social work: the essay and the report. We aim to help you to:

  • understand the writing process and how to do it;
  • plan for written work;
  • structure essays and reports;
  • use evidence and referencing;
  • edit and proof-read.

One of the biggest difficulties I found was learning how to structure my essays and assignments … I found that breaking them down into segments … helps so much because you then have a structure into which you can write. (SW student)

Throughout the course [you need skills] in writing an essay, in structuring an essay, in doing a report, in doing whatever ...

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