This chapter looks at the general strategies you will
need to adopt in order to study successfully (as opposed to the more specific
ones of reading, writing and revision which we shall discuss in subsequent
chapters). By general strategies we mean the sorts of things you need
to think about before you start studying. These can be divided into two
groups: internal and external.
By external we mean issues such as:
By internal we mean issues such as
The chapter contains the following sections:
This chapter also has a number of exercises, many of which are reflective and are designed to help you explore your attitude towards study. Many of them could usefully be done in your class, so that you have the benefit of the opinions of others.
To make the best use of this chapter's interactive exercises, you will be required to develop a portfolio, which is a file in which you put in relevant information about yourself, such as your CV, courses you have attended, certificates you have obtained, as well as information from your college, useful resources from classes, the self evaluation exercises from this chapter, etc. There are a number of ways of organising this information and below is just one suggestion:
You will also be advised to consult the London External programme's guide to studying at a distance, written by Rosie Gosling, Director of External Study at the London School of Economics:
By the end of this chapter and the relevant reading, you should be able to: