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Study Skills for Criminology

Study Skills for Criminology

Second Edition
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December 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for individuals at every level of their criminology and criminal justice degree.

The new edition of this best-selling study skills book is a practical guide to success for individuals at every level of their criminology and criminal justice degree.

Fully revised to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree, including topics on choosing modules, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams and careers after your degree.

New to the second edition:

  • a chapter on plagiarism
  • developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources
  • expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills
  • advice on moving from A-level to university.

Maintaining its student-friendly approach and useful pedagogy - tips, activities, glossary, key terms and issues - Study Skills for Criminology is an essential purchase for any student of criminology or criminal justice looking to excel in their degree.

John Harrison, formerly of Teesside University
Mark Simpson is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University.
Olwen Harrison, formerly of Teesside University.
Emma Martin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

Programmes or Courses  
Using This Book  
Content of the Guide  
The Academic Environment
The Academic Year And Modular Structure  
How Will The Modules Be Taught?  
How Much Time Will You Be Expected To Spend Studying?  
Who Are Your Lecturers?  
How Should You Study?  
What Will Your Time At University Be Like?  
Coping With Anxiety  
Assessment in Criminology
What Is Assessment?  
Types Of Assessment - Formative And Summative  
Peer Assessment  
Learning Outcomes  
Marking Criteria  
Choosing Modules To Study  
Relative Weighting Of Assessments  
Assessment Range  
Presentation Skills
Report Writing  
Portfolio Building  
Examination Assessment
Why Examinations?  
Types Of Examination  
Planning Your Examination Preparation  
Organising Your Examination Revision  
Gathering Information  
Summarising Information  
Memory Strategies  
Past Papers As A Revision Aid  
Examination Strategies  
Writing Style  
Using References  
Protocols To Be Observed During Examinations  
Marking Criteria  
Studying Criminology at University
What Is Criminology?  
How Does Criminology Relate To Other Disciplines?  
Finding Information about Criminology
Why Should We Read?  
Starting Out  
Reading For A Purpose  
Sources Of Information  
How To Use The Web  
Using A Variety Of Sources  
Finding Information  
Essay Writing
Planning Your Essay Preparation  
Reading And Understanding The Question  
Gathering Information For Your Essay  
Taking Notes From The Literature  
Writing The Essay Conclusion  
References And Bibliography  
Marking Criteria  
Dissertation/Research Project Writing  
Understanding Plagiarism
Types Of Plagiarism  
The Consequences Of Plagiarism  
Why Plagiarise?  
Avoiding Plagiarism  
Studying Criminological Theory and Criminal Justice Practice
Criminological Theories  
Criminology Theories, Policy And Practice  
Reflections on Studying at University
Reflections On Studying At University  
Making Your Degree Work for You
Personal Development Planning  
Criminological Occupations  
Continuing In Education  
Constructing A Curriculum Vitae (CV)  
Appendix 1: Sample Answers to Activity 7a
Appendix 2: Rationale for Activity 10g
Appendix 3: Useful Websites Appendix 4: Further Reading


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Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

This is not just another 'how to study' book. This is about how to make the most of your studies and be ready in the workplace: how to make the investment pay off.'Dr Francis Pakes, Portsmouth University

The book contains no shortage of good advice on studying at university and adopts a practical approach to graduate skills and employment preparedness. A sound investment for new students.-Dr Pamela Davies, Northumbria University

Great introductory text for students - particularly those just starting out. Clear, practical advice that has already helped in my teaching as well as guiding students through their work.

Mrs Laura Jane Martin
UCBC, Blackburn College
February 26, 2016

This has been useful when identifying ways of keeping students engaged etc. Also has helped with revision and assignment planning which is something my students often struggle with at times.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
March 5, 2014

Is a good source for undergraduate students in continuous assessment and examination preparations.

Dr Geshina Mat Saat
Forensic Science Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia
April 3, 2013

A useful resource for students who request a hard copy text covering some of the content that we provide in our unit.

Mrs Sandra Sparrius
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
March 27, 2013

good basic book for forst year students in all disciplines

Dr Richard Peake
Please select your department, Please select your institution
November 7, 2012

This is a good book for first year undergraduate criminology students. It covers the structire of a degree programme and reminds lecturers never to assume what students know about Criminology programmes and assessments. On that basis, this is a useful book for planning induction week and also for thinking through a whole range of studying skills to base lectures upon.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
October 9, 2012

A very good second edition of this easy-to-read study skills book. A great addition to any higher education students' collection of texts which provides practical, relevant advice. The addition of activities, key tips, a glossary, useful websites, and recommendations for further reading, all contribute to the importance of developing students' employability skills.

Mr Lee Curran
Criminal Justice, St Helens College
June 12, 2012

Excellent text

Ms Wendy Bateman
Health & Social Science, Bolton University
June 7, 2012

A terrific guide for any student studying criminology or any social science subject related to the criminal justice system. Very easy to use and good advice given to the students. A great learning aid for undergraduates.

Ms Jen Phipps
Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth
June 6, 2012
  • a new chapter on plagiarism
  • coverage of developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources
  • expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills
  • help with the move from A-level to university and the varying levels within a student's degree

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