If you want to do well in your studies, this is the book you've been waiting for; a practical, appealing guide to developing academic skills that will remove any barrier to success. Learn how to think, research, debate, write about, and apply information - and do things that will directly impact on your real academic success from the moment you start.THE ESSENTIAL STUDY HANDBOOK reinvents study skills, empowering you to understand the key academic skills you need, whatever your course, while at the same time helping you put those skills into practice within your course. It guides you through activities and processes to help you examine your learning abilities and experiences so far, to understand your particular preferences and styles, your natural advantages as well as any specific weaknesses, and then guides you to build an effective personal approach to studying. It will help you fulfil the key success criteria to do well in your course, like completing high quality assignments, and showing off your full understanding in exams. Along the way you'll find emergency tips to inject into realistic situations like when struggling with the dynamics in a group-working situation, lost in planning a complex assignment, or getting stressed in the days before an exam. It contains specific reminders about academic conventions, definitions of terminology, useful checklists to support tasks, and simplified processes to keep you on track. There are insights from other students, example scenarios, and short case-studies, all designed to root the advice in real academic context, and keep you focused on what you need to do to keep improving.