Making the Grade: A Guide to Study and Success, Canadian Edition

Paperback | November 24, 2011

byIain Hay, Dianne Bochner, Carol Dungey

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Filled with practical strategies for today's student, Making the Grade is an insightful, easy-to-use guide that will help readers develop the skills they need to excel at the university level. Classroom-tested and authored by an international team of experts, this text has been thoroughlyupdated to reflect the changing reality of the Canadian classroom. Suitable for students in any discipline, this current and comprehensive resource is essential reading for students at the start of their university careers and beyond.

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Filled with practical strategies for today's student, Making the Grade is an insightful, easy-to-use guide that will help readers develop the skills they need to excel at the university level. Classroom-tested and authored by an international team of experts, this text has been thoroughlyupdated to reflect the changing reality of the C...

Dianne Bochner worked for many years in the English department at Flinders University, where she taught professional writing and communication skills as well as literary studies. Carol Dungey is library site manager, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, South Australia, and former campus librarian at the University of South ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Useful text but buy at your schools store if you don't want to wait 6 weeks to get it I needed this book for university and was looking for it cheaper than what the university bookstore was selling it for and found it here for like $20 cheaper than the uni store, but when I ordered it and paid for it this online site said it was in stock and would ship in a couple days. A week went by and I got an email saying unable to ship because not in stock and it was going to take 3 or less weeks to get more in stock, so I waited because I really didn't want to pay the uni price. The 3 weeks went by and with no news I called and was not happy with the service of the person I spoke to because they insisted that it was not in stock when I bought it, and it would take another 3 weeks to get more in stock. So I canceled because while I was waiting my class is reading the book and I'm getting behind, I now know not to buy text books online here and will just pay the schools prices.
Date published: 2012-10-24

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Table of Contents

Part I: Successful Study1. Starting Out: University Study and YouWhat is University Learning All About?Learning: How Do You Go About it?Learning in LecturesLearning to Listen- Barriers to effective listening- Techniques for effective listening- Effective listening in lecturesTaking Good Notes in Lectures- How many notes should you take?- Hints for better note taking in lectures- Editing your notes- Sharing notes- Recording lectures- Using lecture handoutsLearning in Tutorials, Seminars, and Workshops- What is the difference between a tutorial and a seminar?- Getting the most out of tutorials and seminars- What is a workshop?- Joining facilitated study groupsClassroom EtiquetteLearning and Listening2. Clocking In: Managing Your Time *Studying Outside Formal Classes- Planning your study time- Monitoring yourself- Drawing up a personal study timetable- Planning your semester- Chunking- Back-planningJuggling Competing Demands- Setting priorities- Co-curricular activities- Planning your week- Finding time for yourself- Give yourself a break- Long- vs short-distance studying- Watch out for procrastinationStudying at Night- Studying productively at night3. Reading Up: Strategic Reading *Approaches to ReadingPractising Reading- Improving reading speed- Skimming texts- Reading for different purposes- Getting started on your reading- Reading to find information- Reading to remember- Taking notes to help you remember- Taking reading notes for tests and exams- Reading for assignmentsMaking Notes for Essays and Other Assignments- Some practical suggestions for making and storing research notes4. Thinking Through: Critical Thinking *What is Critical Thinking?- Putting information in context- Determining purpose- Look who's talking- The implied audience- Identifying the thesisConsidering the Evidence- Where does the evidence come from?- How reliable is the evidence?- How relevant is the evidence?- How current is the evidence?- Is there enough evidence to support the claim?- Are there biases in the selection (or omission) of evidence?- Conflicting and confirming evidence: watch out for your own biases!Looking at the Argument- Thinking about theory- Structuring the argument5. Teaming Up: Working in GroupsWhy use Groups for Student and in the Workplace?What Does Group Work Offer Individuals?What Kinds of Tasks are Appropriate for Groups Rather than Individuals?What Makes a Group Effective?How Can You Make Your Group Effective?- Group development- Getting acquainted- Understanding the project- Allocating roles- Organizing your timeMaintaining an Effective Group- Group rolesSupportive Behaviour within the GroupProblems With Working in GroupsCollaborative Writing of a Group ProjectMaking A Group Presentation6. Facing Up: Coping with Tests and ExamsWhy Have Exams?Types of ExamsPreparing For An Exam- Review throughout the term- Find out about the exam- Find a suitable study space- Keep to a study schedule- Get started and maintain a positive attitude- Concentrate on understanding, not memorizing- Vary your revision practices- Practise answering exam questions- Seek help if you need it- Maintain regular patterns- Watch what you eat!- Dress appropriately- Pack your bag- Get to the right exam in the right place at the right timeWriting Exams: A Guide- Check that you have all pages, questions, and answer sheets- Read the instructions carefully before beginning- Work out a timetable- Read the questions carefully before beginning- Plan your answers- Begin with the answers you know best- Answer the questions asked- Attempt all required questions- Grab the marker's attention- Emphasize important points- Support generalizations- Write legibly and comprehensively- Leave space for additions- Keep calm!- Proofread completed answersSpecific Advice for Multiple-Choice ExamsSpecific Advice for Oral ExamsSpecific Advice for Open-Book ExamsSpecific Advice For Take-Home ExamsOnline Exams7. Finding Out: Becoming Well InformedWhy are Research Skills Important?Becoming Familiar with the LibraryUsing the Library CatalogueLocating Material in the Library Building- The physical collection- Classification systems- Call numbersThe Virtual Library: Using Electronic Collections- Databases- E-journals- E-books- E-reserve- Simultaneous or federated searchingFinding Information for Your Assignment- Steps in a search strategy- Example of a search strategySumming UpPart II: Successful Communication8. Writing Up: Essay WritingWhy Write?How do you Write a Good Essay?What Are your Essay Markers Looking For?- Quality of argument- Quality of evidence- Use of supplementary material- Written expression and presentation- Sources/referencingThe Matter of Scholarship9. Arguing Through: Preparing and Presenting Written ArgumentHow do we Define an Argument?- Inductive and deductive argumentsWhat Makes a Strong Inductive Argument?What is Acceptable Reasoning and Evidence in Developing an Argument?- Deductive reasoning- Valid cause-and-effect reasoning- Argument by analogy- Argument based on empirical generalization- Valid research- The opinions of those who are acknowledged experts in their own fieldsWhat is Unacceptable Reasoning or Evidence?- Unsubstantiated generalizations- Isolated individual examples- False analogy- Irrelevant or insignificant statistics, examples, or other information- Hearsay- Unqualified opinion- Personal attack- Quoting out of context- Omission of inconvenient information- Arguing from ignorance- False dilemmaa: A Word of WarningA Summary of the Requirements for a Strong Argumentative EssaySome Hints for Planning an Argumentative Essay10. Stating Facts: Writing Research Reports and Laboratory ReportsWhat are Report Readers Looking For?General Layout of a Report- Preliminary material- Introduction: Why did you do this study?- Materials and methods: How did you do this study?- Results: What did you find out?- Discussion and conclusion: What do the findings mean?- References- AppendicesWritten Expression and Presentation- Language of the report- PresentationWriting a Laboratory Report- Setting out a laboratory report11. Making Sense: Writing Annotated Bibliographies, Summaries, and ReviewsPreparing an Annotated Bibliography- What is the purpose of an annotated bibliography?- What is the reader of an annotated bibliography looking for?Writing Summaries or Precis- What is the reader of a summary or precis looking for?Writing a Review- What are your review markers looking for?- Description: What is the reviewed item about?- Analysis: Details of strengths and weaknesses- Evaluation: Contribution to the discipline- Written expression, references, and presentation of the review- Some examples of reviews12. Writing Well: Language and Sentence StructureWhat is Good Writing?Achieving the Goals of Good Functional WritingChoosing the Right Word- Be concise- Be precise- Avoid slang or colloquial language- Avoid jargon- Beware of easily confused wordsUsing Non-Discriminatory Language- Using language and descriptions that refer to both genders- Using language that avoids stereotyping and discrimination- Avoiding racist languageStructuring Clear Sentences- Writing complete sentences- Keeping sentences short- The run-on sentence or the comma splice- Using active and passive verbs- Using parallel structureFinding Out About Correct Grammar13. Dotting "I"s: Using Punctuation CorrectlyWhy is Punctuation Important?Using Abbreviations and Other Shortened Forms of Words or Phrases- The correct form for abbreviations- Using acronymsUsing Apostrophes Correctly- Using the possessive apostrophe- Using the apostrophe to show contractionsUsing Capital LettersUsing ColonsUsing SemicolonsUsing CommasUsing EllipsesUsing PeriodsUsing NumbersUsing Quotation Marks- Placing punctutation when quotingFinding out More About Punctuation14. Owning Up: Acknowledging SourcesThe APA System- In-text references- List of referencesThe MLA SystemThe CMS N-B System- Footnotes and endnotes- BibliographyThe CMS A-D SystemNotes and Note IdentifiersThe Importance of Acknowledging Sources15. Speaking Out: Public SpeakingWhy are Public Speaking Skills Important?Preparing to Give a Talk- Establishing the context and the goals- Organizing the material for presentation- Structuring your talk- Preparing your text and visual aids- Rehearsing- Final points of preparationDelivering Your TalkCoping With Questions16. Showing Off: Communicating with Figures and TablesWhy Communicate Graphically?General Guidelines for Clear Graphic Communication- Good graphics are concise- Good graphics are comprehensible- Good graphics are independent- Good graphics are referencedDifferent Types of Graphs- Scattergrams- Line graphs- Bar charts- Histograms- Population pyramids or age-sex pyramids- Circle or pie charts- Logarithmic graphsTables- Elements of a tableReferences and Useful ResourcesIndexAppendix: Weekly Study Grid* New chapters to the Canadian edition

Editorial Reviews

"We liked the cleaner and more academic format. Many of the texts we reviewed were choppy, full of pictures and gimmicks, and they tended to convey the message 'this is high-schoolish'. We wanted something that appeared more 'serious'. We were also pleased with the careful attention paid tocommunication." --David Creelman, University of New Brunswick