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Study Skills Guide
Disability Support Service
University of Newcastle upon Tyne©

www.ncl.ac.uk/disability.services/

Study Skills Guide
Disability Support Service
University of Newcastle upon Tyne©

www.ncl.ac.uk/disability.services/
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Index
Learning Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Science Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Learning Styles Questionnaire. . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Report Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Study Strategies for

Analyse the Arguments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Different Learning Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Look at the Methods Used . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Multi-Sensory Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Questionthe Conclusions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Other Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Time Management and Organisation . 7

Key Verbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Problems and Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Study / Revision Planner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Dissertation Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Writing aLiterature Review . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Making and Using Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
General Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

A Critical Approach to Writing . . . . . . 31

Note Taking Methods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

General Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Lectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 11

Signal Words. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Making Notes from Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Organising Your Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

A Basic Guide to Referencing . . . . . . . 33
Harvard System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Reading Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

British StandardSystem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Information Searching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Plagiarism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

SQ3R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Clue Words to Help You Read . . . . . . . . . . 15

Examinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 16

Revision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Essay Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Timed Examinations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Identifying Key Verbs in Essay Questions . . 18
Research Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 19

Preparing for Oral Presentations . . . . 37

Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation . . . . . . 38

Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Multi Sensory Techniques for Spelling . . . . . 39

Useful Words and Phrases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Basic Rules of Grammar . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 39
Punctuation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Report Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Planning a Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Information Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Research. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

TextHelp Read & Write . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

ReportStructure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Inspirations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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Learning Styles
At University you will be expected to be an independent learner. Therefore, it is advisable to
think carefully about your learning style and how best you can use your learning...
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