Making the Grade

Author(s): Iain Hay


This book is a practical guide for students, full of the essential communication and study skills that will help them 'make the grade'. Covering all the skills that will be used across a degree, the book begins with listening skills, efficient time management and working effectively with a team and takes students right through their course to the best tips for taking exams. In between, it investigates and explains all formats in which lecturers usually ask students to convey their ideas, including essays, reports, annotated bibliographies, reviews, oral presentations, posters, and figures and tables. It also offers assistance revision, referencing and using the library effectively. Students can read the book from front to back, look up particular topics as they need to, or use just one section they find useful. Each chapter is self-contained and deals with a different aspect of the skills necessary for both successful university learning and communication, assisting students to navigate the culture, language and conventions of successful study at university. KEY FEATURES: Tips - margin notes highlight key concepts and tips to help students study.
Examples and Boxes throughout illustrate concepts. New design and structure for this edition to better support development of skills. Making the Grade is also available as an e-book.


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Iain Hay is Professor in the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management at Flinders University. He has taught in a variety of capacities at universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Dianne Bochner is retired from the English Department at Flinders University, where she taught professional writing and communication skills as well as literary studies. Gill Blacket is a Digital Resources Librarian at Flinders University. Carol Dungey worked in libraries for 25 years, was formerly Campus Librarian at University of South Australia, Senior Reference Librarian at Flinders University Library and Library Site Manager, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, South Australia.

PART 1 - IN PLACE 1. Starting out - university study and you 2. Settling down - studying alone 3. Teaming up - working in groups 4. Finding out - becoming well informed PART 2 - IN TEXT 5. Writing up - essay writing 6. Arguing through - preparing and presenting written argument 7. Stating facts - presenting research findings 8. Making sense - writing annotated bibliographies, summaries and reviews PART 3 - IN DETAIL 9. Writing well - language and sentence structure 10. Dotting 'i's - using punctuation correctly 11. Owning up - acknowledging sources PART 4 - ON SHOW 12. Speaking out - public speaking 13. Showing off - communicating with figures and tables 14. Pasting up - preparing posters 15. Facing up - succeeding in exams

General Fields

  • : 9780195576085
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : June 2012
  • : 255mm X 190mm
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 336
  • : 41 illustrations
  • : Iain Hay
  • : Paperback
  • : 4th Revised edition