Study Skills


This eBook gives advice on reading and writing skills, time management, and work planning. It also includes organising and writing essays, research skills, and how to improve your concentration and memory. How to revise and prepare for exams, plus getting the most out of tutorials and taking the sweat out of projects.



Downloadable guidance notes for students

Download it – now! Suitable for students at all levels of study. These guidance notes will help you grasp the techniques used in academic study. You can also add your own notes and hyperlinks to make it even more interactive. Amazingly good value!

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Sample pages
Concentration & memoryTime managementEssay planning


How to use this eBook

Time management
How to organise your time for more effective study. Ideas for reducing stress and creating more free time.

Reading skills
Choose your style of reading to suit the task. Recognising different types of books. Techniques for more effective reading.

Develop your powers of concentration by regular practice in easy stages and use of task-switching.

How to use mind maps, mnemonics, visual aids, and good notes to aid your memory.

Taking notes
How to use abbreviations, diagrams, and good visual layout to write less and record more. Notes from lectures and reading. The importance of sources. Sample lecture notes.

Generating ideas
How to brainstorm a topic and create the ideas for your assignment. Free thinking and capturing data.

Analysing questions
How to recognise the key words, instruction terms, and the main concept(s) in a question you have been asked to answer. How to recognise and avoid common problems.

Clear thinking
Precision and clarity in the use of language, and how to achieve it. Common fallacies of argument, and how to avoid them.

Essay planning
Analyse the question, generate ideas, choose topics, put them in order, create a plan, find evidence, and choose your best writing strategy. A sample essay plan.

Clear writing
Use simple sentences and vocabulary, avoid jargon, follow conventional punctuation, and adopt a straightforward tone.

Writing essays
How to write effective introductions, relevant arguments, and conclusions. The importance of paragraphs in creating the structure of an essay.

How to use footnotes and endnotes, accurate quotations and referencing. The academic conventions for bibliographies. Traditional abbreviations explained.

Revision and exams
How to use planning, regular practice, and a revision timetable to reduce the stress of exams. Tips for coping in the exam itself.

How to use the spell-checker, editing, and text-presentation features of a computer to improve the quality of your writing.

Research skills
Reading and data recording skills to maximise your research effectiveness.

How to get the most out of tutorials and seminars by preparing, participating, and recording effectively. How to prepare and deliver a seminar paper.

How to plan, structure, and gather evidence for a project or a dissertation. The form of reports and research papers.


Dr Roy Johnson is the author of best-selling writing and study guides – Studying Fiction, Making the Grade, Improve your Writing Skills, Writing Essays 3.0, and several others. He was originally an industrial designer, then went on to lecture on literary studies at Manchester University and the Open University. He publishes a monthly newsletter on writing, culture, and technology, and is the director of Mantex Information Design.


“This is a very useful publication. I recommend it to all my students”
Olwyn Alexander – Heriot-Watt University

Price – £1.95 – 102 pages – PDF format – 1996-2011 – ISBN 0951984438

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