Investing in Your College Education : Learning Strategies with Readings

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/29/2009
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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INVESTING IN YOUR EDUCATION, 2nd Edition, enables students to grasp the connections between all the courses they take during the first year, the success skills they need in college, and the learning that will take place both in and outside the classroom. The textbook is based on the idea that students are making an enormous investment by going to college: an intellectual investment, a financial investment, and an investment of time. The Second Edition expands on this theme, aligning lessons in academic and life skills with readings from textbooks, journals, magazines, websites, and other news sources. This text exposes students to a broad range of disciplines they will likely encounter in their college career, and offers the opportunity to apply study skills to their future career.

Table of Contents

Making The Initial Investment In Higher Education
Understanding What It Means to Be a College Student
What to Expect of Your Professors and What They Expect of You
Personal Responsibilities
Getting Critical: Switching to College-Level Thinking
Finding Your Place on Campus: Diversity and New Experiences in College
Finding and Using Campus Resources
Finding a Mentor
A Major Decision: Thinking Early and Often
About Majors and Careers
A Quick Overview of Which Majors Lead to Which Careers
The Role of Education in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Education
A Textbook Case: The Development of American Secondary Schools
Life After College: Lessons of a First Year Teacher
Motivations And Expectations For Your Investment
Managing Your Time
A Sample To-Do List
Long-Term To-Do Lists
Avoiding the Costly Art of Procrastination
Knowing Yourself as a Learner
Knowing Your Learning Style--and Putting That Knowledge to Use
Active versus Passive Learning
The Ins and (Mostly) the Outs of Cheating
Cheating Hall of Shame
Your Choice of Major
Being Undeclared
Declaring and Changing Your Major: What You Need to Know
Figuring Out Your QPA
Withdrawing from a Course: When and Why
Incompletes--When to Take Them, What to Do Later
The Role of Business in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Business
A Textbook Case: Ethical Perceptions and International Business
Life After College: Forensic Accounting: CPA Gumshoes
Earning The Grade By Reading And Note Taking At The College Level
Previewing Your Textbooks
Using Guide Questions
To Highlight or Not to Highlight
Annotating Your Textbooks
Five Easy Annotation Steps
Two Bonus Steps (for even better results)
Summarizing What You Have Read
Assessing a Professor's Lecture Style--and What It Means for You
Quick and Dirty Note-Taking Strategies
Reviewing Your Notes
Combining Textbook and Lecture Notes for the Best Study Guide Ever
The Role of Physical Sciences in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Physical Sciences
A Textbook Case: Genetically Modified Orgnanisms
Life After College: Careers in Science: Shawn Robinson, Marine Ecologist
Earning The Grade On Tests
Objective Tests
Multiple-Choice Tests
True/False Tests
Fill-in-the-Blank Tests
Matching Tests
Subjective Tests
Short-Answer Tests
Essay Tests
Other Types of Tests
Take-Home Tests
Open-Book Tests
Speaking and Listening Tests
Comprehensive Exams
Test Anxiety
The Role of Psychology in our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Psychology
A Textbook Case: Interference Theory: When Learning More Leads to Remembering Less
Life After College: Psychology's Growth Careers
Critical Thinking Strategies For The Academic Investor
Becoming a Critical Thinker Every Day
Fact versus Opinion
Making an Effective Argument Recognizing
Bias in Arguments
Gathering Evidence
Solving Problems in the Real World
Reading and Watching the News Critically
The Role of Speech Communication in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Speech Communications
A Textbook Case: Ethical Speaking
Life After College: Young at Art: Eugene Young Making Reality a Reality
Writing And Speaking Effectively In College
Understanding the Assignment (for a Paper or Presentation)
The Paper
The Presentation
Narrowing Your Topic for a Paper or Presentation of Realistic Scope
The Inverted Triangle Method of Narrowing Your Topic
What a Thesis Statement Really Should Be
Organizing Your Supporting Paragraphs or Points
Internet Research
Tricks of the Trade: Refining and Delivering the Product
Citing Sources
MLA and APA Guidelines: What You Need to Get Started
Written and Verbal Communication on the Phone and Online: The Do's and Don'ts
The Role of English in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: English
A Textbook Case: The Story of an Hour
Life After College: Gary Paulsen's
Love Affair with Writing
Diversifying Your Portfolio Of Experiences
Gaining Confidence as a Student and as a Person
Enhancing Your Academic Life with a Social Life
Experiencing Diversity on Your Campus
Service Learning/Volunteering
The Role of Visual and Performing Arts in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Visual and Performing Arts
A Textbook Case: Visual and Intellectual Unity
Life After College: Where Do I Go With?Music?
Banking on a Healthy Future
Staying Healthy When the Going Gets Rough
NEWS: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sleep
Understanding the Health Risks of College Students
Alcohol/Drug Abuse
Meningitis and Other Communicable Diseases
Tobacco Use
Violence/Date Rape
Side Effects of Tattooing and Body Piercing
Eating Disorders
The Role of History in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: History
A Textbook Case: Life and Death at the Front
Life After College: Who Do I Think I Am?
The Bottom Line: The Math And The Method Behind Managing Your Money In College
Managing Your Finances
Keeping a Budget
Working versus Not Working
Student Loan Debt
Credit Card Debt
Pitfalls to Avoid: Life Lessons from Those
Who Have Been There
The Role of Math in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Math
A Textbook Case: Exponents and Scientific Notation
Life After College: Profiles of Mathematicians: Bonita Sanders
The Payoff: Your Career And Your Future
Thinking Ahead: What You Should Be Doing Now
Keeping Up with Current Events
How Your Major Defines Your Career
Choice, and How It Doesn't
Professional Organizations
What People Really Do on the Job Every Day
Thinking Out of the Box When Preparing for Your Career
R?sum?s and Cover Letters
Your R?sum?
Your Cover Letter
Using the Internet to Prepare for the Job Search
The Interview Process
Why an Interview?
What Is Involved in an Interview and How
Do You Survive It?
How Do You Handle Special Interview Situations?
How Do You Prepare for Interview Questions?
The Role of Technology in Our Lives: Connections and Careers
Increasing Your Yield
Reading and Study Tips: Technology
A Textbook Case: Arithmetic Operators and Operator Precedence
Life After College: The Man
Who Built Pixar's Incredible Innovation Machine
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