Hello to all who were at the pharmacy education conference in Prato last week. Great to meet so many like-minded people! I wanted to write and let you know about a new resource to help pharmacy students with their study skills. Filled with practical help and guidance from a team of experienced pharmacists, Successful Learning in Pharmacy is an easy-to-read book addressing all the skills pharmacy students will need early in their career! The book contains 12 chapters, which include Pharmacy-related examples and case studies throughout demonstrating the practical relevance of the skills being discussed.

Successful Learning in Pharmacy: Developing study and communication skills
Parastou Donyai, Daniel Grant, and Nilesh Patel
ISBN: 9780199642113

1: Learning to learn at university
2: Learning from lectures
3: Learning in the laboratory
4: Finding and understanding information
5: Writing good essays
6: Perfecting verbal in-course assessments
7: Applying critical thinking and critical writing
8: Preparing for and sitting exams
9: Working with others
10: Undertaking practice placements and reflection on practice
11: Understanding evidence-based practice
12: Continuing professional development

I have co-authored the book with two colleagues and between us we have over half a Century of experience teaching pharmacy students! We are: Parastou Donyai, Director of Pharmacy Practice, Reading School of Pharmacy, Daniel Grant, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education, Reading School of Pharmacy, and Nilesh Patel, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Reading School of Pharmacy.
•    Dr Parastou Donyai is Associate Professor of Social and Cognitive Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy Practice at the Reading School of Pharmacy. A pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacy, Dr Parastou Donyai also has a Degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods. Her research examines the psychology of medication usage and discontinuation and decision-making processes.
•    Dan Grant is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education at Reading School of Pharmacy. A hospital pharmacist by background, Dan has wide ranging experience of supporting and developing learners in the workplace and in Higher Education, from pharmacy technicians and undergraduate pharmacy students, to pre-registration pharmacist trainees and pharmacists undertaking post-registration clinical training.
•    Dr Nilesh Patel is Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the Reading School of Pharmacy. A pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacy, Dr Nilesh Patel has worked across several disciplines within Pharmacy giving him a unique overview of science into practice. His research encompasses clinical pharmaceutics, which is the application of science into practice and vice versa.