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Success at University: What They Haven’t Told You

Success at University: What They Haven’t Told You takes tertiary study skills and success at university books to a completely new level.

This book is applicable to all university students. While some students will assume they have already developed the requisite skills to succeed at university, these students may be in for a surprise.

The recommendations in the first two parts of the book are based on the latest scientific discoveries – from every psychology and scientific report that relate to success at university – published since the year 2000.

This research identified 1500 discoveries, many of which diverged from the common practices and assumptions of students and employees. A subset of these discoveries is included in this book.

The third part of this book focuses on writing style – perhaps the most important and underestimated skill at university – and demonstrates how students can write more persuasive, professionally, concisely, precisely and fluently.

Research Skills: Analysing, Researching and Presenting

Many students assume that learning about research will be boring and tedious. They are usually right: learning about research can be boring and tedious. Fortunately, to enliven this topic and to prevent relentless boredom, this book introduces a series of techniques.

Research Skills: Analyzing, Researching and Presenting is not simply a series of formal principles about research. Instead, each chapter begins with some flawed research, and then presents a set of procedures that need to be applied, with reference to a hypothetical study on income inequality and wellbeing. Scattered throughout each chapter are additional scientific discoveries that demonstrate important principles, enhance critical thinking, clarify the research process, and inspire the reader.

Research Skills: Analyzing, Researching and Presenting will impart skills that are vital to many jobs and careers. After reading this book, you should be able to:

  • clarify the questions and hypotheses you would like to explore,
  • review the literature on this research topic,
  • conduct interviews, focus groups, ect. to collect data,
  • analyze both quantitative and qualitative data,
  • recognize and refute alternative explanations,
  • report the research, and
  • write more persuasively, concisely, precisely, and engagingly


Writing at Work: Effective Business Skills

Many of us come across as stupid. We are not all actually stupid of course, but because many of us cannot write well – or because we cannot write good resumes, ales letters, business reports, etc – we can easily appear to be unintelligent.


  • we often don’t know how to apply techniques scientifically proven to persuade others,
  • we often cannot write fluently, and therefore waste time,
  • we may regularly break many of the subtle writing rules,
  • our letters are often ambiguous, and
  • our correspondence may be dismissed by others because we cannot write concisely.

Business writing and communication, although one of the key skills in the workplace, is often the most tedious to learn.

Writing at Work: Effective Business Documents, fortunately, applies a novel and unusual approach. It recounts an exciting adventure in which the reader is the main protagonist, striving to solve a murky but intriguing case. During this adventure, the reader is exposed to many insights on business writing, and learns how to construct a variety of letters persuasively, precisely, succinctly and engagingly.

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