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College Study : The Essential Ingredients,9780130488367

College Study : The Essential Ingredients

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Edition:
2nd
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9780130488367

ISBN10:
0130488364
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2008
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Using an active learning approach, College Study integrates three interrelated elements of how students learn-their behaviors, attitudes (including motivation), and learning styles. The reader chooses, assesses, and applies strategies, with the goal of creating a personal system of study. This text presents learning strategies within the context of the growing expectations and responsibilities of students at the college level and includes: An emphasis on self-directed learning, Problem-centered content, Focus on immediate transfer of skills. Personal experiences that are valued and are used as a basis for learning.The text includes an appendix that links results of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) with text chapter topics and features.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
To the Student: An Introduction to Text Features xiii
Creating Academic Success
1(14)
Focus Questions
1(1)
Chapter Terms
1(1)
A System of Study: The Essential Ingredients
2(1)
Your Learning Behaviors
2(1)
Your Learning Attitudes
3(1)
Your Learning Style
4(5)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
4(4)
Visual, Auditory, Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Styles
8(1)
A Path to Success: Personal Action Statements
9(2)
Conclusion: Creating Academic Success
11(4)
Managing Your Time
15(22)
Focus Questions
15(1)
Chapter Terms
15(1)
Controlling Your Time: Five Essential Ingredients
16(1)
Use a Weekly Schedule
17(6)
Use a Planner
23(1)
Use a Calendar
24(2)
Balance Academic with Social and Personal Demands
26(2)
Avoid Procrastination
28(3)
Personal Action Statement: Applying Time Management Techniques
31(5)
Conclusion
36(1)
Controlling Your Study Environment
37(12)
Focus Questions
37(1)
Chapter Terms
37(1)
Controlling Your Study Environment: Three Essential Ingredients
38(1)
Choose a Suitable Location
38(2)
Get Organized
40(2)
Maximize Concentration; Minimize Distractions
42(4)
Conclusion
46(3)
Active Listening and Note Taking
49(26)
Focus Questions
49(1)
Chapter Terms
49(1)
Active Listening: The Essential Ingredients
50(1)
Prepare Before Class
50(2)
Listen and Take Notes During Class
52(7)
Listen Selectively
53(1)
Take Concise Notes
54(2)
Be Clear
56(1)
Be Accurate
56(2)
Pay Attention
58(1)
A Note About Web Notes
59(1)
Follow Up After Class
59(5)
Dealing with Difficult Lecturers
64(10)
Conclusion
74(1)
Reading and Studying Textbooks
75(26)
Focus Questions
75(1)
Chapter Terms
75(1)
Understanding and Remembering: The Essential Ingredients
76(1)
Preview What's Ahead
77(2)
Get an Overview of the Book
78(1)
Get an Overview of the Chapter or Article
78(1)
Identify Your Purpose
79(1)
Break Up Your Reading
79(1)
Create Study Guides
79(13)
Question-and-Answer Study Guide
81(1)
Highlighting-Plus-Marking Study Guide
82(2)
Outlining Study Guide
84(1)
Study Cards
85(1)
Visual Study Guides: Maps, Summary Charts, and Timelines
86(6)
Review Periodically
92(6)
Add or Combine Lecture Material
92(1)
Talk Aloud
92(1)
Anticipate Test Questions
93(5)
Conclusion
98(3)
Enhancing Your Memory
101(10)
Focus Questions
101(1)
Chapter Terms
101(1)
Memory: The Essential Ingredients
102(1)
Get Enough Sleep
102(1)
Study in Small, Regular Blocks of Time
103(1)
Review Soon After Receiving New Information
103(1)
Organize and Categorize Information
104(1)
Use Your Senses
104(3)
Associate Ideas
107(1)
Conclusion
108(3)
Success with Tests
111(34)
Focus Questions
111(1)
Chapter Terms
111(1)
Success With Tests: Four Essential Ingredients
112(1)
Be Prepared
112(4)
Keep Up with Academic Work
112(1)
Develop Test Review Guides
112(2)
Rehearse for the Exam
114(2)
Reduce Test Anxiety
116(9)
Do You Have Test Anxiety?
116(3)
Change How You Think About the Test
119(1)
Change How You Physically React to a Test
120(2)
Desensitize Yourself
122(3)
Develop Test-Wiseness
125(11)
Use a Four-Step Course of Action
125(1)
Watch for Key Words
126(1)
Look for Qualifying Words
127(1)
Practice Multiple-Choice Questions
128(3)
Practice Essay Questions
131(5)
Review the Test
136(7)
Conclusion
143(2)
Continuing Your Academic Success: A Review
145(4)
Focus Question
145(1)
Chapter Term
145(4)
Appendix Using the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (Lassi) with This Book 149(4)
References 153(2)
Index 155

Excerpts

This text contains a complete and balanced coverage of essential learning and study techniques, with an emphasis on critical thinking at the college level. Readers are exposed tohowto learn, while understandingwhythey learn, within the context of making informed choices about strategies that work best for them. After immediate transfer of a specific learning strategy into daily academic life, students critique its effectiveness. Content is presented in such a way as to guide students to become self-regulating learners and problem solvers. Features The text integrates three separate yet interrelated elements of how students learn: Strategies.The text covers important and practical study techniques that students can apply immediately in their daily academic courses. Attitude.The text provides opportunities for students to explore their levels of interest, motivation, and commitment to transferring learning techniques in their day-to-day lives as college students. Learning styles.Individual differences in learning preferences and tendencies can help students successfully implement learning and study strategies. As such, readers become aware of and apply techniques that matchhow they learn best.Two models of learning styles are presented in the text: (I) use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator inventory to determine learning preferences, and (2) use of visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic dimensions of learning. Additional features of the text include: A streamlined format and an informal, personal writing style that maintain thereader's attention. A focus onmodelingthe essentials of learning so that readers can readily transfer strategies to content course work. Illustrations of how peers apply specific strategies, in the form of visual examples and students' comments, provide appealing, convincing models. Relevant activities designed to immediatelyengagereaders. An appendix linking results of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) with text chapters. The LASSI is a self-report instrument that assesses college students' use of and attitudes toward learning and study strategies, as defined by 10 scales: attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration, information processing, selecting main ideas, study aids, self-testing, and test strategies. As described in the appendix, each of the 10 scales in the LASSI correlates with topics presented inCollege Study: The Essential Ingredients. This text is intended for use in either a two-year or four-year institution within a variety of contexts: A study skills or learning strategies course (likely one or two credits) A skills course "linked" or "paired" with content-area course work An introductory-level content course using a supplemental learning strategies text A first-year orientation program or seminar A series of workshops for first-year students A peer educator training course requiring a college learning strategies text Furthermore, anInstructor's Manualaccompanies the text and includes: Suggestions for how to usetext featuresfor in-class activities, including small-group work, collaborative work, journal writing, and group discussion. Problem-solving scenarioscentered on topics presented in the text chapters. These scenarios lend themselves to in-class group work that reinforces decision-making skills. Five-pointchapter quizzesthat provide a modest check of students' comprehension. Instructors may choose to use the quizzes as an extrinsic incentive for students to read assigned chapters. A samplesyllabus,including an outline of activities for a one-credit or two-credit college learning skills bourse.


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