Audiobooks for Successful Study

Learn to Study for Success at College and University
  • Learn to Study for Success at College and University
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By Professor Aidan Moran Going to College or University is an exciting yet daunting experience for many students. It's exciting because you can study interesting subjects, make new friends and pursue new hobbies in College. But it's also daunting because in order to get a successful academic education, you will have to accept personal responsibility for a task for which you have received little or no special training in school. This task requires you to manage your own learning or to become an active, independent and self-motivated student when it comes to planning, conducting and evaluating your academic work. For example, it's up to you whether you go to lectures in the first place. And it's up to you whether you spend your time studying in the library or going to the shops. And it's your business, not that of your lecturers, to make sure that you don't fall behind in your studies. Put simply, if you don't want your free time in College to become wasted time, you will have to master a number of study skills that were not taught in school. For example, you will have to learn to listen and write at the same time while taking lecture notes in class. And you'll have to learn to study effectively - or read with a question in mind. Of course, you'll also have to master the art of getting downA" to study regardless of the mood you're in. But most of all, you'll have to learn to think for yourself - the true hallmark of an educated mind. Put simply, as you can see, your biggest challenge in the years ahead is to manage your own learning effectively. The good news is that by listening to this audio presentation, you've already taken a step in the right direction. You've realized that you will have to become a driver rather than a passenger in your educational journey. And so, the purpose of this recording is to give you some driving lessons" in learning.

In listening to this recording, you are going to learn how to manage your own learning, and how to get down to studying. You’ll receive practical tips on motivation, managing your study time, learning from lectures, listening and note-taking skills, improving your reading and summarizing skills, focusing effectively and improving your concentration. You’ll be helped to remember and understand what you learn and you will be given practical tips on how to evaluate what you learn and think critically. You are also going to receive tips on planning and writing essays and papers, and finally you are going to be taught exam skills to help you to do your best when it matters most.

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Exam Success
  • Exam Success
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Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Exam Success” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

Like it or not, examinations play a crucial role in university life. They ensure quality control of degree standards, provide academic feedback to students and staff, and above all, assess your understanding of what you have learned from your studies. But exams don’t test knowledge directly. They assess how well you can remember and explain what you know on the big day. Given this strategic challenge of exams, Aidan Moran will give you some practical tips on preparing for, and doing your best in, exams.

The self-help approach provides advice and tips on areas such as; getting down to studying, practical tips on motivation, remembering and understanding, and exam skills; doing your best when it matters most.

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Writing Essays and Papers
  • Writing Essays and Papers
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Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Writing Essays and Papers” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

No matter what subjects you are studying in university, you will be expected to write essays and academic papers as part of the requirements of your degree programme. These research assignments are valuable because they train you to focus your thinking on a topic, to write clearly, and to cite appropriate evidence to support your arguments. So, the purpose of this section is to provide some practical advice on planning, researching and writing academic essays and papers. Evaluating what you learn and thinking critically

One of the biggest challenges that students face in coming to College is learning to think critically about what they read or are told. For centuries, the ability to think for oneself has been proclaimed as the main goal of a university education – the true mark of an educated mind. In keeping with this idea, a key theme of this audio presentation is that you have to become an active learner rather than a passive sponge in order to get the most out of your College experience. But critical thinking, or the skill of analysing evidence and arguments in order to form your own conclusions, requires hard work and special training.

So, the purpose of this section is to provide some practical tips on how to develop your critical thinking skills. After I explain what thinking is, and what critical thinking involves, I’ll give you a 6-step checklist of questions to ask every time you want to evaluate a theory or an idea.

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Learning from Lectures
  • Learning from Lectures
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By Professor Aidan Moran Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Learning from Lectures” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university. This audio will cover the areas of: Learning from Lectures, listening and note-taking skills, reading and summarizing skills, and focusing effectively – concentration skills.

Since the Middle Ages, the lecture has been the most popular teaching method in universities. It’s efficient, flexible and can be inspirational in the right hands. But taking good lecture notes is a very difficult skill for at least two reasons. First, because lecturers tend to speak faster than listeners can write, taking useful lecture notes can be difficult for some students. The problem here is that note-taking requires you to switch attention rapidly between listening and writing. And since you probably never received any training in this multi-tasking skill at school, it’s not surprising that you may find yourself struggling to keep up with what the lecturer in saying in class. This problem is made worse by the fact that many students mistakenly believe that they have to write down every single word uttered by the lecturer during class – a false assumption that we call the sponge approach to learning. Research shows that top note-takers are highly selective in what they write – they sift what the lecturer says for the main ideas rather than trying to wrote down everything. The second difficulty that many students experience during lectures is a loss of concentration. This mental switch off happens mainly because it’s difficult to stay alert during a lecture if you’re sitting passively for a long period of time.

When combined, these two problems make it difficult for students to get the most out of the lectures that they attend. And so, in this audio, I’ll suggest some practical strategies that will help you to turn lecture attendance into an active learning experience rather than an empty ritual.

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Learn to Concentrate
  • Learn to Concentrate
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By Professor Aidan Moran Concentration is a practical skill which can enrich our lives considerably. Unfortunately, most of us are probably more familiar with losing our concentration than with effective “focusing” ability.

This recording will explore concentration in three stages. Firstly, it will explain what concentration is, show you how it’s influenced by your attitudes and emotions, and give you some practical tips to improve your listening and reading skills. Secondly, it will help you to analyse and deal with common distractions in your life. Finally, it will present some practical “focusing” strategies which will help you to improve your concentration in a variety of daily situations.

This audio presentation features Professor Aidan Moran who is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in the use of psychological techniques which can improve people’s concentration and performance in academic and sporting situations. It is narrated by Emma Thurston and Professor Aidan Moran.

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Acing Exams
  • Acing Exams
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Studying for and sitting examinations can be a very challenging and stressful experience for all of us, including “A star” students. Because we want to give our very best and to perform well on the day, it is entirely normal to feel anxious or nervous. That is why it is important to develop sufficient levels of confidence, without being over confident or too complacent, minimize the nerves and enable us to do ourselves justice.

To help you become confident at exams and achieve your highest possible grades two things are essential:

  1. Firstly acquiring good study habits and skills, throughout the academic year, and

  2. Developing techniques for keeping calm and confident just before and during exams.

This audio presentation will explore a number of techniques to prepare you for exams so you are calm and confident on the day.

By Sara Dylan: Narrated by Sara Dylan

Includes input from Professor Aidan Moran and Dr Denis McBrinn

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Relax: Forget Your Worries and Let Go
  • Relax: Forget Your Worries and Let Go
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A full 30 minute self directed relaxation session guided by the hypnotic voice of Norman Brook .

This recording is designed to teach you to relax, to escape from the stress of everyday life, forget your worries and just let go.

Self directed relaxation aims to relax each of the body’s muscle groups while emphasising slow, easy breathing and visualisation of the tension flowing out of the body. The objective of this training is to gradually help you to reduce the time needed to achieve complete relaxation.

While initially it will take several minutes to go through these instructions, with some practice greater and greater relaxation should be achieved in less time.

Eventually only a few seconds will be needed to achieve full body relaxation. Take time to learn this and the results can be very rewarding.

By Norman Brook and Emma Thurston

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