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Tertiary Learning Strategies

Tertiary Learning Strategies by Dwyer, ISBN: 9781488610134
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ISBN: 9781488610134
Publisher: Pearson Education Custom
Published: 11 December, 2014
Format: Paperback
Language: English

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Tertiary Learning Strategies

Table of contents:

TOPIC 1 INTRODUCTION TO TERTIARY LEARNING AND UNIVERSITY LIFE 1 Computer requirements 2 Starting at university 2 Assessment of strengths and challenges 3 Personal learning style 4 Learning styles 4 Active learning 6 Academic culture 9

TOPIC 2 MANAGING YOUR STUDY 11 Motivation 12 Goal setting 13 Time management 14 Stress management 17

TOPIC 3 RESEARCH SKILLS: WHY AND HOW 18 The research process 19 Collecting information 19 Evaluating sources 25 Conducting a literature review 26 The purpose of a literature review 27 Writing the review 28 Finding online sources 28 Library catalogues 28 Search engines 29 Subject web directories and online databases 29 Bookmarking 30 Giving appropriate credit and acknowledgement 30 Citations in the text 30 Ethics and etiquette 31 Bibliography and list of references 32 Order of information 32

TOPIC 4 STRATEGIC READING AND NOTE TAKING 35 Purpose of reading 36 Effective reading 36 Note taking 37 Highlighting 38 Note taking 38

TOPIC 5 GENERATING A QUALITY SUMMARY 40 Summary 41 A quality summary 41 Incorporate sources 41 Incorporate sources and avoid plagiarism 41 Avoid plagiarism 41 Quote sources without plagiarising 42 Summarise and paraphrase sources without plagiarising 42 Incorporate quotations, summaries and paraphrases effectively 43

TOPIC 6 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND REFERENCING 46 Academic integrity 47 Avoiding plagiarism 48 Direct quotes 49 Indirect quotes 50 Paraphrasing 51 Referencing systems 53 American Psychological Association (APA) 54 Chicago referencing 55 Harvard referencing 57 Modern Language Association (MLA) referencing 58

TOPIC 7 CRITICAL THINKING 60 The role of critical thinking 61 Critical thinking activities 61 Critical reading and questioning 62 Logic and argument 63 Deductive and inductive arguments 64 Generalisations 64 Assumptions and evidence 65 Inference and conclusions 66 Fallacies-false arguments 66 The role of persuasion 66 Persuasive argument 68 Balance between logic and emotion 70 Credibility 71

TOPIC 8 UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT AND GRADUATE QUALITIES 73 University assessments and graduate qualities 74 Group assignments 74 Effective group or team performance 74 Characteristics of team excellence 75 Types of work teams 76 Project teams 76 Self-managed work teams 76 Hot groups 78 Cross-functional teams 79 Virtual teams 79 Written assessment 81 Practical assessment 81 Presentations 81 Exams 82

TOPIC 9 ACADEMIC WRITING 83 Three types of thinking 84 Inductive thinking 84 Deductive thinking 84 Lateral thinking 85 Techniques for sound reasoning 85 Structuring the content 86 Parts of the document 86 Developing the argument 88 Writing essays 89 Common essay genres 89 Writing techniques 89 Language 91 Topic sentences 91 Paragraphs 92 Linking devices 92 Avoiding plagiarism 93 Writing an argumentative essay 93

TOPIC 10 ESSAY PLANNING: INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION 98 Essays 99 Essay plan 99 Introduction 99 Conclusion 100

TOPIC 11 ESSAY WRITING: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT 101 Paragraphs 102 Structure and writing style 102 Using the literature 102 Linking words and phrases 103

TOPIC 12 REFINING YOUR WORK 107 Evaluating your draft 108 Improving your writing 108 Recognise active and passive voice 108 Use action verbs 108 Find agents 109 Vary your sentences 109 Write concisely 110 Eliminate unnecessary words 110 Reduce wordy phrases 110 Simplify tangled sentences 111 Write with emphasis 112 Manage emphasis within sentences 113 Forge links across sentences 113 Use parallel structure with parallel ideas 114 Find the right words 115 Be aware of levels of formality 115 Be aware of denotation and connotation 116 Use specific language 116

TOPIC 13 CAREER PLANNING 118 Career plan 119 Step 1: Self-analysis 119 Step 2: Research 119 Step 3: Decision making 119 Step 4: Action 119 Step 5: Job search strategy 119 Step 6: Evaluation 119 Career transition planning 120 1. Developing self-awareness: where am I now? 120 2. Options awareness: where am I going? 120 3. Self-marketing: how will I get there? 120 A personalised career plan 120 Smarter choices 120 Take action 121 Get connected 121 Searching for a position 121 Writing a resume 121 Highlight your skills and experience 124 Command attention 124 Writing style 126 Headings and layout 126 Electronic resumes 126 Three types of resume 128 Chronological resume 129 Functional resume 129 Targeted resume 129 Resumes for today's technologies 133 Keyword matching 133 Plain-text resumes 135 Internet resume posting banks 136 Resumes as an e-portfolio 136 LinkedIn profile 137 Customising the covering letter 137 Effective references 139 Employment interviews 140 Types of job interview 140 Equal employment opportunity (EEO) 141 The interview process 141 The pre-interview stage 142 Conducting the interview 142 The post-interview stage 143 Problem interviews 144

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