Nearly all of us will go through multiple series of education throughout our lives. It is crucial that when we do, we are capable or approaching our studies in a way that will lead us to the best results. In this course, we discuss all the various skills required to undertake a course of study, from reading and writing, all the way to quantitative research methods for further scientific research. It should provide you with all the knowledge and techniques required to achieve further qualifications, and to accelerate your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or academic studies.
Academic reading can often be seen as a very passive task, and individuals often skim over articles or textbooks, missing crucial details. Here we will discuss ways to avoid falling at the first hurdle in research, and how to get the most from your reading.
Sometimes just reading one article isn't enough. You only get one view, one small selection of the research available. Employing further reading around a topic can be invaluable, but it's often difficult to identify what you need to be looking for. See here for how to find the perfect resources to further your knowledge.
There are various ways to approach assignments. Different questions, different subjects, and different objectives will require different methods of writing. Here we outline a few of the various writing styles employed in academic writing, when they are appropriate, and how you would go about utilising these to full effect.
Writing letters, reports, notes and other communications are important skills for business and personal life. Good letters help to get results, where poor letters fail. People judge others on the quality of their writing, so it's helpful to write well. Here are some simple tips for writing letters and communications of all sorts.
One of the two major research styles, qualitative research generally involves an exploration of opinions, motivations, or other underlying causes which may have contributed to a phenomenon. Due to it's nature, qualitative research can be difficult to tackle, and should only be approached with a full understanding of methodology. Here we provide an introduction to this research style, so that you can hit the ground running.