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Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is tailored specifically to the needs of bioscience students, both at university, and beyond. Written in an engaging and supportive manner, with examples throughout that demonstrate the relevance of topics covered to bioscience degree programmes, the book will assist you with the transition from school to university, with your studies at university, and with your progression to employment after leaving university.
New to the third edition, the book now includes discussion of how best to use recorded lectures in learning and revision, and how to get the most out of flipped classrooms and interactive lectures.. The chapter on employability has new content on technological change in the workplace, how to perform well in a video interview, and how best to use online networks for career advancement. A new section also explores how to critically review a research paper. A new learning feature, 'Try this for yourself', shows how you can apply the book's principles to your own life and studies.
Covering the full range of study and communication skills that you need to study to succeed in your studies, Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is essential reading for any bioscience student who wants to get the most out of their degree.
New to the third edition:
- A new section on how best to use recorded lectures in learning and revision
- A new section on how to get the most out of flipped classrooms and interactive lectures
- A new section on how to perform well in a video interview
- A new section on how best to use online networks for career advancement
- A new section on how to critically review a research paper
- A new learning feature, 'Try this for yourself', shows how you can apply the book's principles to your own life and studies
1: Why are study and communication skills important?
2: Using feedback
3: Making the most of lectures
4: Working with different information sources
5: Avoiding plagiarism
6: Choosing the right writing style
7: Writing essays
8: Writing practical reports
9: Working in tutorials and groups
10: Preparing scientific presentations
11: Delivering scientific presentations
12: Creating academic posters
13: Getting the most out of revision
14: Getting the most out of exams
15: Making yourself employable
Stuart Johnson is the Director of the Careers Service at the University of Bristol. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Development from Thames Valley University. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester.
Professor Jon Scott is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Professor of Bioscience Education at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Durham University. He joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in physiology since 1987 and went on to become the Director of Biological Studies.
Reviews of the second edition:
"Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is an excellent text. It contains all the advice that I have been giving students for years, all clearly explained, with appropriate examples. The authors clearly know what they are talking about."
– Lorraine Weaver, University of Worcester
"This textbook fills a niche and is an invaluable resource for students and lecturers alike."
– Dr Gemma Marsden, University of Northampton
"An excellent text covering the key areas in study skills and communication [...] it is nice to see information on topics such as making the most of lectures and using feedback as these are not widely covered in other texts."
– Dr Sara Marsham, Newcastle University