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The Psychology of Effective Studying


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Dedication Preface Chapter 1. Introduction: Metacognition: the foundation of successful studying (or at least how to avoid being 'that person' on the TV talent show) Chapter 2. Conquering Procrastination: Why it's so hard to DO IT. JUST DO IT! Chapter 3. Academic reading and note-taking: what we can all learn from 50 Shades of Grey Chapter 4. Academic Integrity, citation, quotation and referencing: Credit where credit is due Chapter 5. Producing written assessments at degree level: Producing quality written work shouldn't be rocket science, even if you're studying rocket science Chapter 6. Working collaboratively: There is no 'I' in team, but there is an 'I' in "I really hate teamwork" Chapter 7. How to deliver an effective presentation: It's not about you Chapter 8. Revision: Cleaning up a dirty word Index

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Dr. Paul Penn is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London, UK. He has lead several introduction to psychology and study skills modules and teaches a variety of topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level.He is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Academic, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research focuses on learning and teaching practices. He also offers consultancy on using psychological research to improve learning and presentation skills. Visit for more information.


'In a way that is lively, provocative, and even entertaining, the author provides students with an easily digestible guide to what cognitive-science research has to say about how to study-and why that differs so markedly from how students typically think they should study.' - Robert A. Bjork. Distinguished Research Professor. University of California, Los Angeles. Past President, Association for Psychological Science. 'Imagine the ideal academic advisor, who knows all of the tricks of the trade and is happy to take the time to guide you. Now make that advisor not only deep and wise, but also very funny. If such an advisor exists, it is probably Dr. Penn. This book is a marvelous tutorial on how to succeed as a student and scholar. It is steeped in the author's up-to-date knowledge of numerous scientific literatures, and it does a remarkably good job of distilling what is most important and explaining clearly how to use this material to good end. This book is about much more than effective studying-it is also about functioning effectively in a wide range of situations, from academe to business. I recommend it with enormous enthusiasm.' - Professor Stephen M. Kosslyn, President and CEO of Foundry College and former founding dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. 'One of psychology's unsung gifts to the world is evidence-based advice on how to understand and remember material. Dr. Penn's book is an excellent invitation to these fascinating and enormously practical discoveries.' - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now. 'A compendium of excellent advice, comprehensively backed up by sound experimental evidence, and engagingly written.' - John Radford is Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology, of which he was the founding Head, at the University of East London. He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the British Psychological Society.

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