There are moments in everyone's degree when you are expected to do something unfamiliar and daunting - present a seminar, go on a fieldtrip, create a wiki page, lead a lab team - and how to do it or what to expect is unclear. Studying at university requires a different approach from studying at school and this book explains this transition. Packed with practical hints, study tips, short cuts, real-life examples and careers advice, this book will prove invaluable throughout your geography, earth science or environmental science degree.
Designed for all geography, earth science and environmental science students, this book provides guidance on:
time management and effective research
constructing essays and creating arguments
giving presentations confidently
undertaking fieldwork and laboratory work
avoiding plagiarism and citing references correctly
using e-technologies such as blogs and your university's VLE
online assessment and peer feedback.
This guide also explains the role of the academic and how it differs from that of a school teacher, and prepares you for the world of work by showing how the skills you learn at university today can be used in your career choice of tomorrow.
Pauline Kneale, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
1. Study Skills - Why Bother? 2. Reflection Skills, Reviewing and Evaluating, Adding Value to your Degree 3. Threshold Concepts are Difficult Things 4. Maximizing Free Time 5. Researching in Libraries and Online 6. Effective Reading 7. Making Effective Notes 8. Plagiarism and Ethical Behaviour 9. Creativity - Innovation 10. Thinking 11. Constructing an Argument 12. Listening 13. Oral Presentations 14. Discussion 15. Researching and Writing in Teams: It is Fun and Efficient 16. Acknowledging References and Other Sources 17. Effective Essay Skills 18. Practical Reports, Laboratory and Field Notebooks 19. Reviewing a Book 20. Abstracts and Executive Summaries 21. Dissertations 22. Revision Skills 23. Examinations 24. Field-classes and Fieldwork 25. Presenting Field Sketches, Sketch Maps and Data 26. Posters and Stands 27. Jobs and Careers for GEES Graduates 28. Of Shoes, and Ships, and Sealing Wax ...GEES Essentials 29. Try This, Crossword and Quiz Answers