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The Book

Skill Sheets is a practical resource for understanding and developing core skills that all university students need to obtain. In a very concise manner, this book shows how these skills are related and how one can develop and work with many skills simultaneously. With these skills to hand, students are able to maintain a better focus on the content of their course. Developed and at RSM Erasmus University, it has been thoroughly tested over many years by both students and professors, and improved accordingly.


Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business-Society Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, the global car industry, issues of standardisation, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies.

How to purchase

The book – Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management - (2018, ISBN 9789043033503) can be ordered directly online by clicking one of the following links depending your country of origin:

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Active reading


Active reading requires: selecting the most appropriate sources (no brainless reading of everything that is available) that can be linked to the issue at hand and making a selection of what you want to know, which is aided by your identification of structures and argumentation in the read material.

Even if you have to read for an exam – which basically implies that you cannot select the literature yourself – active reading is a prerequisite for effective studying. Active reading is always accompanied by writing at the same time, either as notes for the exam, or directly as input for the paper you are writing (never read only to read), after which you evaluate what have read, and come to the choice of further sources.

This requires that you be prepared to go through the reflective cycle of lifelong learning, and that you always take into account five phases:

  1. Selecting the right reading material
  2. Identify/structure the arguments in your readings
  3. Choose the most relevant reading technique
  4. Choose the right combination of reading and writing
  5. Assess the usability of other available skill techniques

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'