on: McIlroy, D (2003) Studying @
university. How to be a successful student.
Pretty basic outline of the usual skills. One
feature is the psychological approach, which leads
to extremely bland and abstract examples, for
example on the habituation of snails [as an
example of how students can overcome their fears].
Further odd examples include quotes from Pilgrim's
Progress, Kipling and a good deal of
admiration for the early Methodists -- not exactly
down with the kids. The book is quite explicit in
arguing for Foucaldian type self-discipline:
'Grades may suffer and career ambitions may not be
realized if students are unable to regulate their
lives' (45). There seems to be some pointless
surface learning recommended -- memorize the
outline of your modules, make a list of key terms
and memorize them -- on top of the usual urging to
prepare a plan, set timetables and diaries.
There are some useful bits, like the section on
people with special needs and foreign students
(14), and an unusual section on acquiring
mathematical and statistical skills -- some very
basic exercises here really, but least the
problems are acknowledged, and there is some
useful background reference to studies of the
anxiety produced by doing maths.
Only the basic of knowledge and of electronics
sources, mostly library catalogues, and the
section on using the internet, mostly in terms of
what the university provides. There is a section
on electronic abstracts, which are highly
recommended, 85. There is also recommended
exercise to browse electronic journal databases,
90, although the emphasis is on gaining abstracts
and references. There seems to be a lot of
unnecessary detail about how to send e-mails.
more education studies