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Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences

Second Edition

Tina Overton, Stuart Johnson, and Jon Scott

May 2015

ISBN: 9780198708698

288 pages

In Stock

Price: £24.99

The only text focused on study skills written specifically for undergraduate chemistry students.



Essential reading for all undergraduate chemistry students, this engaging text has been carefully designed to help students make the challenging transition from school through to university, get the most out of their education, and ultimately use their degree to enhance their employability.

  • The friendly, conversational writing style makes the text ideal for beginning undergraduate students
  • A broad range of skills are covered, from writing and presentation skills, to working in groups and revising for exams
  • Frequent examples drawn from chemistry highlight the relevance of the skills being learned
  • The experienced author team is headed up by a leading expert in chemical education

New to this edition

  • The final chapter Making Yourself Employable has been significantly expanded to include new topics such as year in industry placements, CV and cover letter writing, and interviews
  • More information on working in groups has been added to further help students develop this essential skill

About the Author(s)

Tina Overton, Professor of Chemical Education, Monash University, Stuart Johnson, Director of Careers Service, University of Bristol, and Jon Scott, Academic Registrar and Professor of Bioscience Education, University of Leicester

Table of Contents

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


This update only adds to what was already an incredibly helpful book; it should be recommended reading for all chemistry undergraduates. - Paul Duckmanton, Education in Chemistry, March 2016

Much of the sound advice from the previous incarnation still exists, but there has been a logical restructure to some chapters. There are now even more opportunities for students to test their skills with the 'Try this' case studies, allowing the reader to work through challenging scenarios. - Paul Duckmanton, Education in Chemistry, March 2016

The chapter 'Making yourself employable' is illustrated with excellent examples that students can relate to. It doesn't just focus on careers in the chemical sciences, and in reality is sound advice for graduate jobseekers from any discipline. - Paul Duckmanton, Education in Chemistry, March 2016

Additional Resources

The Online Resource Centre to accompany Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences features:

For lecturers:
·Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download

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

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