Exam and study skills for Film

  • The Library has a range of books available to help you improve your study skills and your exam techniques. Below are some suggestions for books that are particularly relevant to Film students. This list is not exhaustive! You can also search LibrarySearch for more titles.

    If you would rather speak to someone in person - have a look at the information on Upgrade, the university's confidential study advice service. You can also speak to the Student Support Co-Ordinators or your academic advisers.

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    Resources for writing dissertations, exams and study skills

    Exam preparation and technique

    • Cottrell, S. (2012) The exam skills handbook: achieving peak performance. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • McIlroy, D. (2005) Exam success. London: SAGE.
    • Evans, M. (2004) How to pass exams every time. 2nd ed. Oxford: How to Books.
    • Tracy, E. (2006) The student's guide to exam success. 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

    Copies of pre-2015 past exam papers are available in the Headington Library. They are kept alongside the Short Loan Collection, next to the Welcome Desk on Level 1 of the Library. Post 2015 exam papers are available online. They are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR. When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter keywords and limit your search to Examination papers.

    A general online tutorial called Revision and examinations Revision and examinations is freely available on the OpenLearn website from the Open University.

    Study skills for Film 

    • Villarejo, A. (2007). Film studies: the basics. London: Routledge.
    • Hayward, S. (2013). Cinema studies: the key concepts. 4th ed. London: Routledge.

    Film essays and dissertations

    • Ball, S. (2012) The complete guide to writing your dissertation: advice, techniques and insights to help you enhance your grades. Oxford: How To Books.
    • Corrigan, T. (2015). A short guide to writing about film. 9th ed. Boston: Pearson.
    • Levin, P. (2009) Write great essays! 2nd ed. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Open University Press.
    • Hutchison, H. (2007). Writing essays and dissertations. London: Hodder Education.

    Headington Library has a range of other academic writing books at 808.066.

    General study skills

    Headington Library also has a range of general study skills and exam success books at 378.170281. Here is a selected list of titles. See the Library guide Improving your study, assignment and exam skills for further suggestions.

    • Brink-Budgen, R. van den (2010). Critical thinking for students: learn the skills of analysing, evaluating and producing arguments. 4th ed. Oxford: How To Books.
    • Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2016). Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university. 4th ed. Los Angeles: SAGE.
    • Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Drew, S. (2010). The guide to learning and study skills: for higher education and at work. Farnham: Gower.
    • Pritchard, A.M. (2008). Studying and learning at university: vital skills for success in your degree. London: SAGE.
    • Smale, B. and Fowlie, J. (2009). How to succeed at university: an essential guide to academic skills and personal development. London: SAGE.
    • Wilson, E. and Bedford, D. (2009). Study skills for part-time students. Harlow: Pearson Longman.

    You can find out where these resources are located by using LibrarySearch.

    Upgrade study advice service

    Upgrade is the university's confidential study advice service for anyone who wants advice on study skills including:

    • Time-management
    • Preparing for exams and exam techniques
    • Effective reading
    • Planning and writing assignments and dissertations

     You can email Upgrade to arrange an appointment.