`This book is a must-read for all students trying to grapple their way through and somehow 'finish college'' - Sharada Prahladrao, The Decan Herald
Any student can improve their learning in higher education if they want to, and the aim of this guide is to help you along this route, not by claiming there is only one right way to do things but by building awareness of different approaches, attitudes, and strategies. Key to this is the notion of active learning which is highlighted throughout the book with the acronym ASCERTAIN whose individual letters signal a range of different strategies and attitudes relevant in different contexts.
Throughout, there is an awareness that among the different cultures students participate in, academic culture has its own set of values which academic staff tend to take for granted, but which students may need to have a greater awareness of, and build into your thinking and working.
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Joan Turner is a senior lecturer and Head of the Language Studies Centre at Goldsmiths. She has a broad professional interest in language teaching and learning pedagogies, across the institutional contexts in which they are situated. Her specific research interests are in language and culture in higher education and she has published on intercultural communication, academic literacy, English for Academic Purposes, and conceptual metaphors underpinning rationality in the western academic tradition. Her latest book (under review for Multilingual Matters) is entitled: Languaging in the Academy.
PART ONE: BECOMING AN ACTIVE LEARNER Routes to Learning Learning to Remember Managing Your Time PART TWO: ACADEMIC TASKS AND CONTEXTS Managing Assignments Getting to Grips with the Essay Making the Most of Reading Making the Most of Seminars and Seminar Presentations Getting to Grips with Examinations PART THREE: MINDING YOUR LANGUAGE Finding Your Academic Voice Disciplining Your Language Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar PART FOUR: MOVING ON AFTER UNIVERSITY Putting Yourself on the Job Market