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Keys to Effective Learning: Habits for College and Career Success

Aiming at fostering university students’ self-learning skills and habits, this book expounds on habits of success – persisting learning, anticipating, communicating, imagining, inquiring, contributing, listening, and perceiving. Featuring inspiring case studies and self-reflection exercises, the book will help you direct yourself towards academic success through developing skills on building accountability, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Highlights include “Critical and creative thinking” (Ch. 5), “Reading and information literacy” (Ch. 7), and “Memory and studying: Retaining what you learn” (Ch. 9).


Doing essays and assignments: Essential tips for students, 2nd Ed.

This book helps university students to enhance their skills in writing essays and assignments through understanding the tutors’ expectations as well as the learning goals and outcomes. You will gain an understanding of the marking process, insiders’ tips from lecturers, and practical advice on crafting written pieces. To consolidate knowledge, each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a chapter summary.

Highlights include “What was the question again?” (Ch. 7), “Feedback and feed forward” (Ch. 14), and “Group project work (or 'hell is other people')” (Ch. 18).


How to succeed at university: An essential guide to academic skills, personal development and employability, 2nd Ed.

Written for university students at all levels, this tripartite book explains personal, academic, and life skills required at university and raises students’ awareness of these skills’ transferability in the workplace. Not only will you read about other students’ experiences, you will also learn practical tips and advice on developing study skills and achieving academic success. In addition, you will benefit from exploring the uses of digital technologies in learning.

Highlights include “How to develop successful examination techniques” (Ch. 8), and “How to understand what is required for your success in gaining internships, placements and jobs” (Ch. 9).


Academic writing and grammar for students, 2nd Ed.

Covering a range of writing and grammar aspects, this book serves as a practical guide to academic writing for university students. With plenty of academic writing examples from various disciplines, you will learn how to demonstrate critical thinking and logical argument, as well as conciseness and clarity in writing at the same time. You will also examine some common mistakes in academic writing and learn how to proofread writings effectively.

Highlights include “Basic conventions of academic writing” (Ch. 1), “Putting paragraphs together” (Ch. 4), “Referencing” (Ch. 6), and “Common mistakes and how to deal with them” (Ch. 8).


Academic writing: A handbook for international students

Particularly suitable for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, this comprehensive handbook encompasses essential topics you need to be aware of when writing your essays and theses, ranging from the writing process and the overall organisation of long and short writings to language style and vocabulary expected in a good piece of academic work. You can also find some writing samples, including a literature review and a case study.

Highlights include “Introductions and conclusions” (Part 1.11), “Language issues: Style” (Part 3.7) and “Writing models” (Part 5).


Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors

Though targeting supervisors, this book is extremely useful for research postgraduate students who are starting off or struggling with their dissertation writing. In great details, it reminds you about what different sections, such as introduction, methodology, results, conclusion and abstract, are composed of and how they should be written. It also includes how various parts are to be assessed by your supervisors so you can do self-evaluation along the way.

Highlights include “The overall shape of theses and dissertations” (Ch. 5), “Writing the abstract and acknowledgements” (Ch. 11), and “Resources for thesis and dissertation writing” (Ch. 12).





Chinese Resources

大學生一定要做的100件事

本書共分十章,作者從全人發展的角度出發,為大學生應如何規劃大學生活提供指引。其中第二章(頁43 - 64)主要說明如何有效安排時間,包括如何制訂學期計劃、設定作業期限及調整學習進度等,都是實用的建議。第四章(頁89 - 122)則介紹尋找適合自己的學習方法之要訣,並提出多項意見,以提高讀者的自主學習能力。全書另提及課堂學習以外的注意事項,讀者如多作參考,當能使大學生活更形豐富。


臨時抱佛腳,也要有技巧!高效率省力讀書術

作者將全書分為六章,介紹由其整理的讀書術,從而應對以考試為主的學習。讀者可因應自己的學習需要,參考對應的學習建議。如第二章(頁 52 - 79)作者說明如何有效地管理時間,以騰出更多時間讀書温習,並談及提高集中力的不同建議。次如第六章(頁 212 - 235)作者則主要談及專心學習的方法,如從環境、個人準備及小組學習等方向入手,並提及如何了解自己的學習難點。作者每每舉出事例作說明,讀者不妨代入其中,尋找適合自己的學習方式。


論文寫作要領

本書共分八章,對題目構思、文獻探討、研究方法及資料分析等問題,皆有詳盡說明。其中第一章(頁1 - 22)主要講述如何構思論文題目,並對論文的緒論部分,即研究的背景、問題、動機和目的,有清楚的介紹。而第七章(頁153 - 183)則主要講解論文的基本格式,幫助讀者認識論文規範,並說明常見的論文寫作注意事項。書中另附有論文寫作心得與發表論文範本,讀者如多作參考,當能提高撰寫學術論文的能力。


大學文科學術論文寫作

本書雖主要討論文科學術論文寫作,唯除論文規範以外,作者所論實無學科界限。比如第二章「學術論文的選題」,作者強調選擇論題時,應注意題目的價值與難易程度,並從意義、創新、適切、興趣及範圍等角度作綜合判斷,便是頗切實的建議。他如第三章「文科學術論文的資料搜集」,作者說明資料捜集的步驟和方法、查找方式以及如何梳理等問題,亦有助讀者為撰寫學術論文打下良好的基礎。





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