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Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences

Second Edition

Stuart Johnson and Jon Scott

January 2014

ISBN: 9780199663293

256 pages

In Stock

Price: £24.99

Equips students with the skills to perform to their potential in the degree and beyond.



Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is an invaluable guide to getting the most out of your degree, and enhancing your employability skills. The motivational writing style is accessible to students of all levels and a wide range of skills are covered, making this essential reading for all bioscience students.

  • As experienced bioscience educators, both authors write specifically with the needs of bioscience students in mind.
  • A particular emphasis on four foundational skills - managing your time well, thinking critically, developing yourself, and employability - empowers you to really get the most out of your degree.
  • Frequent biological examples are incorporated throughout the text, demonstrating the relevance of the skills being discussed to your programme of study.
  • In order to help you succeed in assessments, the authors explain how to communicate your ideas effectively, and how to prepare for and complete exams.
  • The flexible style of the book means that you can dip in and out of the text and read the chapters most relevant to you and the stage you are at in your studies.

New to this edition

  • A completely new chapter on making yourself employable focuses on the ways you can develop skills and experiences while at university to increase your chances of getting a job after you finish your degree.
  • Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences has been restructured to make it even easier to teach and learn from.

About the Author(s)

Stuart Johnson, Deputy Director, Career Development Service, University of Leicester, and Jon Scott, Academic Director, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences, and Psychology, University of Leicester

Stuart Johnson is the Deputy Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Development from Thames Valley University.

Dr Jon Scott is the Academic Director for the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences, and Psychology at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Durham University. He has been a lecturer in physiology at the University of Leicester since 1987.

Table of Contents

    1: Why are study and communication skills important?
    2: Using feedback
    3: Making the most of lectures
    4: Working with different information sources
    5: Avoiding plagiarism
    6: Choosing the right writing style
    7: Writing essays
    8: Writing practical reports
    9: Working in tutorials and groups
    10: Preparing scientific presentations
    11: Delivering scientific presentations
    12: Creating academic posters
    13: Getting the most out of revision
    14: Getting the most out of exams
    15: Making yourself employable


This book gives clear guidance on tackling all aspects of undergraduate study including assignments. It assumes no prior knowledge and its real-life biological science examples make it both highly accessible and appropriate. If students get used to using it in the first year, it is reflected in their ability to tackle academic assignments. - Barbara Tigar, Liverpool Hope University

This book is quite unique as it addresses an important gap within biosciences education and can support students' employability enormously [...] Having worked with biosciences students for nearly ten years, I am confident that this book will benefit them greatly. - Maria Duncan, University of Hertfordshire

Review from previous edition Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is an excellent text. It contains all the advice that I have been giving students for years, all clearly explained, with appropriate examples. The authors clearly know what they are talking about. - Lorraine Weaver, University of Worcester

An excellent learning resource for the bioscience student that will provide guidance whatever stage you are at in your degree! I would definitely recommend it. - Roweida Sammour, student, University of Leeds

An excellent text covering the key areas in study skills and communication...it is nice to see information on topics such as making the most of lectures and using feedback as these are not widely covered in other texts. - Dr Sara Marsham, Newcastle University

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre

For registered adopters of the book:
· Figures and tables of data from the book, ready to download.

For students:
· Examples of good and bad practice when using PowerPoint presentations and when producing posters