A Broad Approach to Independent Learning

This is my review of The Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills) by Stella Cottrell.

This very accessible and attractively presented book must be based on a good deal of experience and thought as to how to make a subject which many find dry, or tend to underestimate, as clear and interesting as possible for a wide range of students or adults interested in studying for themselves.

It goes beyond the usual topics of structuring a report or presenting statistics to the broader issues of time management, understanding one's own learning style, working with others, analysing and planning ahead, online learning and generally working with effective independence. The specific focus is on preparing for university, but it is clear that all the skills covered will be equally useful in work, preparing presentations, reports and for meetings etcetera, and also to marshall the skills to move on to management.

You may find some of the little cartoons a little silly and arguably a waste of space but they may help cement a few points, and there is still plenty of useful information

This is the kind of book you are likely to retain after graduation as a future prompt to good practice.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars

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