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Six steps to success

Author: Tom Burns, Sandra Sinfeld (London Metropolitan University)
Description: A presentation outlining a whole new approach to successful study. The six steps are:

S = Study Techniques and practices
O = Overview
C = Creativity
C = Communicate effectively
E = Emotions
R = Review, review, review

Also includes a booklet for students' reference, and some suggested activities to follow the presentation.
Estimated activity time: 40 minutes
Type of media: Handout/s, Slides, Powerpoint file, Word document
Licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
(This resource can be freely repurposed and reused)
Category: Critical Thinking and Reflection Note making Oral Communication Reading Time Management Visual Literacy and Creativity
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Date: This information/resource was last updated in .


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For a session with students to get them interested in a whole new approach to successful study. The ppt can be used to support a session exploring the six steps –and the booklet can be placed in the VLE for students to explore at their leisure.

Currently the booklet refers to additional information in Burns & Sinfield (2004) Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university London; Sage. Reference to this book can just be deleted from this Word file – or the user can supplement the information therein by referring to their own additional resources – or to other on-line resources see for example


Activity: trial the ppt session with a group of students, then:

  • Invite the students to put various practices into operation and to feedback …
  • Invite the students to make a teaching/learning resource on one area covered to be used with another group of students.