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How to Succeed at University

How to Succeed at University
An Essential Guide to Academic Skills, Personal Development & Employability

Second Edition
  • Bob Smale - Freelance writer, trainer and mentor with long standing interests in personal development and employee relations
  • Julie Fowlie - University of Brighton, UK
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Study Skills

April 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How to Succeed at University provides straightforward, practical advice for anyone experiencing university life.  Introducing the personal, academic and life skills you need to succeed - both at university and in today’s competitive job market – you’ll find help with managing your time and budget, and guidance on a range of study skills including skills for research and examination success.  You’ll also learn how to identify and develop key transferable skills that will stay with you throughout your professional life.

Discover how to:

  • Improve your employability prospects and give yourself the advantage in the job market
  • Benefit from other students' experience, with top tips and insider advice on succeeding in your studies
  • Explore the uses of digital technologies in learning and assessment
  • Use what you learn right away, with handy downloadable checklists and worksheets.

Pragmatic, up-front and sympathetic, this is an essential companion for all undergraduate students, as well as anyone preparing for study at university.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Part 1: How to develop your personal skills
Chapter 1: How to prepare yourself for higher education
Chapter 2: How to plan your personal development
Chapter 3: How to improve your people skills
Chapter 4: How to look after yourself and upgrade your self-nurturing skills during the developmental process
Part 2: How to develop your academic skills
Chapter 5: How do you learn and how do you know what is required of you?
Chapter 6: How to plan, conduct and review your research
Chapter 7: How to write up and present your work in order to get better results
Chapter 8: How to develop successful examination techniques
Part 3: How to develop your employability skills
Chapter 9: How to understand what is required for your success in gaining internships, placements and jobs.
Chapter 10: How to understand the application process in order to get shortlisted
Chapter 11: How to give yourself the best chance of success in the selection process
Chapter 12: How to continue developing yourself for your future success


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This updated edition brings a focus on employability and is useful for students in and beyond University.

Mrs Jela Webb
Brighton Business School, Brighton University
May 13, 2015

Recommended for our undergraduates as an essential resource for academic study.

Ms Lis Bundock
Education, University of Brighton
May 8, 2015

Good resource for starting out at University. The introduction of activities to engage students and also ample opportunities to reflect is incredibly useful.

Mrs Claire Marsh
Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire
May 8, 2015

This is a great practical guide for students at all levels. It offers guidance on practical, academic and employability issues.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
April 29, 2015

A valuable resource covering personal, academic and employability skills development. A useful general reader for home and international undergraduates and postgraduates.

Dr Kate Daniels
Language Centre, Cambridge University
November 5, 2015

A good general guide for those seeking to enter HE. While being good for those coming direct from school, I would recommend it for those who have been outside formal education for sometime, in that it explains what is required in a HE setting. As well as covering academic learning, this book deals with the development of transferrable skills and how these can help in enhancing employability.

Mr adam choonara
Natural Sciences, Middlesex University
September 1, 2015