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How to Study Effectively

National Extension College

How to Study Effectively


How to Study Effectively

How to Study Effectively provides practical help and information for learners at all levels to identify their aims and needs so that they can develop effective study plans. It covers all the essential skills of reading, recording, writing and assessment, and includes topics such as planning work, reading and note-taking, and preparing for assessment. If you buy a multi-user licence you can share the book with colleagues in your school, college or organisation to use with the students they teach within that institution.

Since How to Study Effectively was first published it has helped many learners to develop their study skills. This popular text provides a valuable resource that can help to save time for tutors and trainers looking to develop their students’ study skills and techniques. Use the entire contents of the workbook or only the topics you need, for face-to-face teaching with your students, or as revision support or a home study aid.

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Authors:           Richard Freeman, John Meed

Edition:             This edition first published 1999

Format:             PDF, A4

Page extent:     83 pages

About the authors

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Product description

This workbook is divided into six units. Each unit includes a set of objectives outlining what students should learn from the unit; activities to help achieve the objectives; authors’ comments providing feedback and additional ideas; action plan summarising what students have learnt and suggestions for putting their learning into practice.

Unit 1 – How do you learn?

How you feel about learning

Ways of learning

Reasons for study

Setting goals

Being realistic

Being positive

Getting support

Unit 2 – Learning effectively


Using existing knowledge and experience

Asking questions

Being creative

Solving problems

Reflecting on what you learn

Using your memory

Unit 3 – Reading

Reasons for reading

Choosing what you will read

How will you read?



Reading to understand

Reading quickly

Using a dictionary

Unit 4 – Keeping notes

Why take notes?

How useful are your notes?

Taking notes from written sources

Taking notes from speech

Different types of notes

How will you store your notes?

Using the library

Using the Internet

Unit 5 – Writing

The writing process

What will you write?

How will you tackle it?

Collecting information

Recording information

Preparing a plan



Editing and redrafting

Completing your writing

Extending your vocabulary

Unit 6 – Assessment

How will you be assessed?

Planning for assessment

Preparing and revising

Tackling exams

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