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 for Social Work: Getting the Style Right

Academic Writing for Social Work: Getting the Style Right
Academic writing for social work: Getting the style right

This chapter focuses on specific academic writing tasks relevant to a social work degree programme. It will help address:

  • different social work academic writing tasks, including reflective journals, reflections on practice, case study papers, demonstrating competence, portfolios, process records, observation reports and critical incident analysis;
  • challenges in knowing how to present unorthodox arguments, issues relating to the talking about self in academic papers, and questions about getting the style right.

In social work, you need so many different writing skills like reports and essays and presentations and policy analysis. (SW student)

If you are taking courses across different disciplines (e.g. psychology, politics, and the humanities) you will be aware that there are ...

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