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Study & Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences

First Edition

Tina Overton, Stuart Johnson, and Jon Scott

Publication Date - March 2011

ISBN: 9780199539680

272 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $39.95


Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences reviews the skills a chemistry student needs to develop to fulfil their true potential during their studies, and to enhance their employability beyond university.

Written in a practical, motivational style, with plenty of examples and advice to help the reader master the skills being explored, the book explains how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials, and group work; how to get the most out of the vast array of information that is available in books, in journals, and on the web; how to communicate your work and ideas effectively to others; and how to revise for and complete exams to give yourself the best chance of success.

Written specifically for chemistry students by an author team that includes one of the UK's leading chemical educators, Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences is the essential guide to getting the most out of your studies - and beyond.

Online Resource Centre
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


  • Written to give students the practical tools they need to enable them to perform to their potential on their degree course.
  • Covers a broad range of study and communication skills, which are valuable not only during university, but which also increase employability.
  • Chemical examples throughout demonstrate the clear relevance of the skills addressed to chemistry students, increasing willingness to learn.
  • Written in an engaging, motivational way by three experienced educators, to get the reader to really understand the importance of the skills being addressed, and to actively think about how to develop these skills in the context of studying.
  • Flexible style allows the reader to dip into specific chapters for reference, or to read in sequence to complement a taught course.
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for both lecturers and students, to enhance the educational value of the text.

Table of Contents

    1. Why are study skills important?
    2. Making the most of lectures
    3. Making the most of tutorials and group work
    4. Making the most of practical and project work
    5. Working with sources - texts, journals and the internet
    6. Writing essays
    7. Writing practical and project reports
    8. Writing for a non-scientific audience
    9. Avoiding plagiarism
    10. Preparing scientific presentations
    11. Delivering scientific presentations
    12. Preparing a poster presentation
    13. Revision skills
    14. Exam skills
    15. Other forms of assessment in chemistry
    16. Career planning and PDP
    17. Finding your first graduate position