Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198821816

Tina Overton; Stuart Johnson; Jon Scott
304 ページ
189 x 246 mm



  • The friendly, conversational writing style makes the text ideal for beginning undergraduate students
  • A broad range of skills are covered, from writing and presentation skills, to working in groups and revising for exams
  • Frequent examples drawn from chemistry highlight the relevance of the skills being learned
  • The experienced author team is headed up by a leading expert in chemical education

New to this Edition:

  • New chapters on 'Developing and Articulating your Skills' and 'Career Skills' help students with concerns around employability
  • New sections on the importance of collaboration and dialogue, setting and enforcing internal deadlines, using technology in group work, and reflective writing expand on the types of skills covered
  • Extensive updates to the online resources, including example CVs, templates, and cover letters
  • Chapters are restructured to aid preparation for flipped lectures, with content on problem based learning, online learning forums, and video capture
  • Additional support for making the school to university transition, with a more explicit discussion of collusion and working with information sources

Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences has been carefully designed to help students transition seamlessly from school to university, make the most of their education, and ultimately use their degree to enhance their employability.
The accessible and friendly writing style helps to engage students with the subject while frequent chemical examples highlight the relevance of the skills being learned. A comprehensive range of skills are covered, from making the most of practicals, lectures and group work, through to writing and presentation skills, and effective revision for exams. An expanded chapter on employability offers invaluable advice for getting a job in today's competitive market.
Written by leading experts in science education, this text is essential reading for any undergraduate chemistry student wishing to succeed at university get the most out of their degree after graduation.


1: Why are study & communication skills important?
2: Making the most of lectures
3: Making the most of tutorials and workshops
4: Making the most of group work
5: Making the most of practical work
6: Working with different information sources
7: Choosing the right writing style
8: Writing assignments
9: Writing practical and project reports
10: Communicating with a non-scientific audience
11: Avoiding plagiarism
12: Using feedback
13: Preparing scientific presentations
14: Delivering scientific presentations
15: Creating academic posters
16: Getting the most out of revision
17: Getting the most out of exams
18: Developing and articulating your skills
19: Career skills


Tina Overton, Professor of Chemical Education, Monash University, Stuart Johnson, Director of Careers Service, University of Bristol, and Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience, University of Leicester
Tina Overton is Professor of Chemistry Education at Monash University in Australia and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK. Tina has published on the topics of critical thinking, context and problem-based learning, the development of problem solving skills, work-based learning and employability and has co-authored several textbooks in inorganic chemistry and skills development. She has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's HE Teaching Award, Tertiary Education Award and Nyholm Prize, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Fensham Medal and is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Stuart Johnson is the Director of the Careers Service at the University of Bristol. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Development from Thames Valley University. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester.
Professor Jon Scott is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Professor of Bioscience Education at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Durham University. He joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in physiology since 1987 and went on to become the Director of Biological Studies.