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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Study Skills Handbook

US Edition

ISBN 9780230369689
Publication Date August 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Study Skills

Covering everything you need to know to succeed in college, this book helps you to develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan the future you want. Its no-nonsense advice and practical activities will help you to identify those methods that work for you, making learning easier, faster and more enjoyable.

STELLA COTTRELL is Director for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK. A leading study skills expert, she has over twenty years' experience of working with students and is the bestselling author of a number of hugely successful books including Critical Thinking Skills.

Introducing The Study Skills Handbook
Starting College
Identifying Your Skills
Intelligence and Learning
The CREAM Strategy for Learning Creative, Reflective, Effective, Active, Motivated
Reading, Note-Taking and Referencing
E-Learning, Technology and Personalized Learning
Critical Analytical Thinking
Group Work and Presentations
College-level Writing
Developing Your Writing
Confidence with Numbers
Research Projects
Planning Your Next Move
What Now?
Appendix 1 Quick Multiplier
Appendix 2 Online Research Tools


This is definitely one of the most comprehensive study skills resources ever published. The attention to the visual design is unmatched.' - Cora Dzubak, Penn State York, USA
'The Study Skills Handbook provides comprehensive study skills tips . . . with a delightful sense of humor! Most study skills books attempt to cover every aspect of college life, but they usually fall short. The Study Skills Handbook covers it all, offering tips on studying, taking tests, managing time, working with others, and, believe it or not, solving problems in mathematics, the nemesis of most college students! If you need a truly comprehensive study skills book, The Study Skills Handbook is the one!' - Todd Campbell, North Georgia College & State University, USA
'The title of the book does not do it justice–it goes beyond study skills and is a complete guide to being a successful student! This book would definitely have helped me in my own first year of college, and I'd definitely recommend it to others.' - Arthur Ford, Hunter College, CUNY, USA
'I think this book is unique in that it provides lots of practical strategies for students. They can pick it up today and find something to do tomorrow in their classes that should and would improve their learning. The test taking section is the best I have ever seen in a textbook.' - Julie Engstrom, Brigham Young University-Idaho, USA
'The Study Skills Handbook is a wonderful resource for students—for first-year success and beyond. Cottrell provides many excellent strategies for academic accomplishment and efficiency. The graphic organizers are superb. Students will love them! Instructors will appreciate the emphasis on metacognition. Overall, this book will enable students to understand the frameworks and processes for college-level achievement.' - Calley Hornbuckle, Columbia College, USA
'This book is awesome! From the onset, it challenges students to identify their purpose of attending college and then charges students to foster their own studying style. I find that this book meets students—mentally and emotionally—where they are upon college entry by immediately assisting them to conclude how college will benefit them. As a First Year Experience Instructor, I also find that students need motivation throughout their first semester of college. This book provides continuous motivational opportunities threaded into real-time curriculum relating to the importance and benefits of ascertaining a college degree.' - Trakenya Dobbins, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
'Academic Advisors looking for a handbook to outline multiple academic tips for college students will find just that in The Study Skills Handbook.' -NACADA member review by Eleazar Ortega, Advising & Career Center, Great Falls College Montana State University, USA
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