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[Commlist] New book – The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide

Fri Dec 06 12:58:02 GMT 2019

New book – The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide.

I am delighted to advise that my new open access title The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide has just been published in print and open access. The book includes numerous hacks and tips, graphics, tasks, planners, tasks and guides to such matters as notetaking, preparing research questions, dissertation writing and time management in the liveliest prose the publisher would allow!

The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide.
Doug Specht

All the tips, ideas and advice given to, and requested by, MA students in media and communications, are brought together in an easy-to-use accessible guide to help students study most effectively. Based upon many years of teaching study skills and hundreds of lecture slides and handouts this introduction covers a range of general and generic skills that the author relates specifically towards media and communications studies. As well as the mechanics of writing and presentations, the book also shows how students can work on and engage with the critical and contemplative elements of their degrees whilst retaining motivation and refining timekeeping skills.

Of course the nuts and bolts of reading, writing, listening, seminars and the dreaded dissertation and essays are covered too. In addition advice on referencing, citation and academic style is offered for those with concerns over English grammar and expression. Aimed primarily at postgraduate students, there is significant crossover with undergraduate work, so this book will also prove of use to upper level undergraduate readers whether using English as a first or second language.

1. Introduction: studying for a Masters degree 2. Why we study and setting goals 3.Listening skills and getting the most from lectures and lecturers 4. Reading, desk research, taking notes and plagiarism5. Seminar skills 6. Developing a reflective approach to learning 7. Writing: getting started 8. Reading and notetaking: combining sources 9. The ‘I’ in academic writing 10. Writing: from the basics towards excellence 11. Writing questions for research projects 12. Empirical Research Skills 13. Putting it all together: Writing a dissertation 14. Coda; key skills for media work Index

    Free ebook from
    PDF  978-1-911534-57-8
    ePub  978-1-911534-58-5
    Kindle 978-1-911534-59-2
    DOI: 10.16997/book42

    £17.99 978-1-911534-56-1
    229 x 152mm

    184 pp

The Author
Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog. FRGS), a Senior Lecturer (SFHEA) and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has carried out extensive fieldwork. He also writes and researches on pedagogy, and is author of the Media and Communications Student Study Guide. He speaks and writes on topics of data ethics, development, education and mapping practices at conferences and invited lectures around the world.

Media and Communication Studies, Study Skills, Student Learning

25 November 2019 by the University of Westminster Press

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