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Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences

Third Edition

Tina Overton, Stuart Johnson, and Jon Scott

April 2019

ISBN: 9780198821816

304 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

The only text to focus on study and communication skills specifically for chemistry students.



Essential reading for all undergraduate chemistry students, this engaging text has been carefully designed to help students successfully make the challenging transition from school through to university, get the most out of their education, and ultimately use their time at university 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New chapters on 'Developing and Articulating your Skills' and 'Career Skills' help students with concerns around employability
  • New sections on the importance of collaboration and dialogue, setting and enforcing internal deadlines, using technology in group work, and reflective writing expand on the types of skills covered
  • Extensive updates to the online resources, including example CVs, templates, and cover letters
  • Chapters are restructured to aid preparation for flipped lectures, with content on problem based learning, online learning forums, and video capture
  • Additional support for making the school to university transition, with a more explicit discussion of collusion and working with information sources

About the Author(s)

Tina Overton, Professor of Chemical Education, Monash University, Stuart Johnson, Director of Careers Service, University of Bristol, and Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience, University of Leicester

Tina Overton is Professor of Chemistry Education at Monash University in Australia and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. Tina has published on the topics of critical thinking, context and problem-based learning, the development of problem solving skills, work-based learning and employability and has co-authored several textbooks in inorganic chemistry and skills development. She has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's HE Teaching Award, Tertiary Education Award and Nyholm Prize, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Fensham Medal and is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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

Professor Jon Scott is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Professor of Bioscience Education at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Durham University. He joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in physiology since 1987 and went on to become the Director of Biological Studies.

Table of Contents

    1:Why are study & 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 assignments
    9:Writing practical and project reports
    10:Communicating with a non-scientific audience
    11:Avoiding plagiarism
    12:Using feedback
    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:Developing and articulating your skills
    19:Career skills


"I think the book will inspire students to think about how to become attractive in the labour market. Where should one begin, and then build stone on stone until one has a solid construction." - Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

"The language of the book is very accessible. It is easy and attractive to read. There are excellent sections on writing CV, networking etc. The online resources are great. " - Katerina Ridge, University of Surrey

"I really like the activities for students which can be tailored and used within my own teaching. The writing style is highly accessible and offers pragmatic advice on many topics and experiences that students face throughout their degree. Practical resource, many useful aspects that can be used and adapted to embed within our curriculum. " - Suzanne Fergus, University of Hertfordshire

"A thoroughly accessible text, both for academics and students alike. Highly recommended." - Philippe Wilson, De Montfort University

Additional Resources

The Online Resources to accompany Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences include:

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