Becoming a Master Student

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-26
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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The Twelfth Edition of the bestselling Becoming a Master Student continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. Through interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, and hands-on activities that students can apply right away, this text helps students succeed in college and in life. The Twelfth Edition's clean, sophisticated interior design appeals to both traditional students and adult learners. Tools like the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal, Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) deepen students' knowledge of themselves and the world around them.In addition to the traditional print format, the Twelfth Edition offers a new Multimedia version, which brings together all of the tools instructors have come to rely on--such as videos, quizzes, and journal entries--and delivers them in a single, seamless format. Also look for a more concise length; a completely revised Diversity Chapter; a new Money Chapter; additional strategies for choosing a major; Mastering Technology boxes, skillfully connecting each chapter's topic with applicable technology; an updated Communication chapter with new coverage on analyzing your audience and overcoming the fear of public speaking; and expanded coverage of planning for the next semester and for a career in the What's Next chapter.

Table of Contents

Textbook reconnaissance Get the most out of this book
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system
Rewrite this book Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines
Discovery Statement
Making the transition to higher education
Succeeding in higher education--at any age Connect to resources
Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits Link to the world of work
Ways to change a habit
Discovery Statement
Power Process: Discover what you want
First Steps First Step: Truth is a key to mastery
Discovery/Intention Statement
Taking the First Step
The Discovery Wheel
Discovery/Intention Statement
Mastering Technology: Supplement your text with computer resources
Learning Styles: Discovering how you learn
Discovery/Intention Statement
Using your learning style profile to succeed in school
When learning styles conflict, you have options
Claim your multiple intelligences Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system
The magic of metacognition
The Master Student
The value of higher education
Motivation "I'm just not in the mood" Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations
Attitude replacements
Reprogram your attitude
Practicing Critical Thinking 1
Master Student Profiles
Power Process: Ideas are tools
Master Student Profile: Liz Murray
Time You've got the time
Discovery/Intention Statement
The Time Monitor/Time Plan process
Setting and achieving goals
Discovery Statement
Get real with your goals
The ABC daily to-do list
Create a lifeline
Mastering Technology: High-tech ways to manage time
More strategies for planning
Stop procrastination now
The seven-day antiprocrastination plan
Practicing Critical Thinking 2
25 ways to get the most out of now Keep on going
Remember cultural differences
Beyond time management: Stay focused on what matters
Forget time management--just get things done
Master monthly calendar
Power process: Be here now Master
Student Profile: Malcolm X
Memory Take your memory out of the closet
Journal Entry 8: Discovery/Intention Statement
The memory jungle 20 memory techniques
Use Q-Cards to reinforce memory
Set a trap for your memory
Discovery Statement
Remembering your car keys--or anything else
Keep your brain fit for life
Remembering names Mnemonic devices
Be a Poet Mastering Technology: Use your computer to enhance memory
Notable failures Practicing Critical Thinking 3
Move from problems to solutions
Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers)
Master Student Profile: Cesar Chavez
Reading Muscle Reading
Discovery/Intention Statement
How Muscle Reading works
Phase one: Before you read
Phase two: While you read
Five smart ways to highlight a text
Phase three: After you read
Muscle Reading--a leaner approach
Discovery Statement
When reading is tough
Mastering Technology: Find what you want on the Internet Reading fast
Relax Read with a dictionary in your lap
The twenty-first century researcher--using your library English as a second language
Reading with children underfoot
Practicing Critical Thinking 4
Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go Master
Student Profile: Helen Keller
Notes The note-taking process flows
Discovery/Intention Statement Observe
Discovery/Intention Statement
What to do when you miss a class
Record Review
Discovery Statement
Improving your handwriting
Consider the impact of handwriting
Enroll your instructor in your education
Meeting with your instructor
When your instructor talks fast
Television note taking
Taking notes while reading
Revisit your goals Get to the bones of your book with concept maps
Practicing Critical Thinking 5
Becoming an online learner
Mastering Technology: Create digital tools for learning
Power Process: I create it all Master
Student Profile: Craig Kielburger
Tests Disarm tests
Discovery/Intention Statement
What to do before the test
How to cram (even though you shouldn't)
Ways to predict test questions
Cooperative learning: Working in groups
Intention Statement
What to do during the test F is for feedback, not failure
Words to watch for in essay questions
The test isn't over until...
The high costs of cheating
Mastering Technology: Perils of high-tech cheating
Let go of test anxiety
Have some FUN!
Twenty things I like to do
Discovery/Intention Statement
Discovery Statement Getting ready for math tests
Succeeding in science courses
Statement Celebrate mistakes
Practicing Critical Thinking 6
Power Process: Detach Master Student Profile: Barbara Jordan
Thinking Critical thinking: A survival skill
Discovery/Intention Statement
Becoming a critical thinker Attitudes of a critical thinker
Finding "aha!"
Creativity fuels critical thinking
Tangram Ways to create ideas
Create on your feet Don't fool yourself
Twelve common mistakes in logic
Uncovering assumptions
Gaining skill at decision making
Four ways to solve problems
Choosing your major
Make a trial choice of major
Asking questions Practicing
Critical Thinking 7
Think critically about information on the Internet
Mastering Technology: Evaluate search sites
Explore emotional reactions
Translating goals into action
Discovery/Intention Statement Power
Process: Find a bigger problem
Fix-the-world brainstorm
Master Student Profile: Irshad Manji
Communicating Communicating creates our world
Discovery/Intention Statement
Communication--keeping the channels open
Practice sending or receiving
Choosing to listen
Choosing to speak
Discovery/Intention Statement
Five ways to say "I"
Discovery/Intention Statement
Managing conflict
Write an "I" message
Resolve conflicts with roommates
Five ways to say No...gracefully
You deserve compliments
Seven steps to effective complaints
Criticism really can be constructive
V.I.P.s (Very important persons)
Staying safe in cyberspace--joining online communities
Three phases of effective writing
Phase 1: Getting ready to write
Discovery Statement
Phase 2: Writing a first draft
Phase 3: Revising your draft
Mastering Technology: Write e-mail that gets results
Academic Integrity: Avoid plagiarism
Mastering public speaking
Making the grade in group presentations
Practicing Critical Thinking 8
Power Process: Employ your word
Master Student Profile: Sampson Davis
Diversity Waking up to diversity
Discovery/Intention Statement
Diversity is real--and valuable
Building relationships across cultures
Becoming a culture learner
Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking
Students with disabilities: Know your rights
Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment
Strategies for nonsexist communication
Leadership in a diverse world
Discovery/Intention Statement
Discovery Statement
Practicing Critical Thinking 9
Mastering Technology: The world you live in Power Process
Choose your conversations and your community
Master Student Profile: Bayard Rustin
Money Three paths to financial freedom
Discovery/Intention Statement
The Money Monitor/Money Summary Plan
Discovery/Intention Statement
Make more money
Mastering Technology: Protect your money online
Spend less money
Show me the money
Take charge of your credit
Money for the future
If you're in trouble..
You can pay for school
Mastering Technology: Using your computer to manage money
Education is worth it
Education by the hour
We live like royalty Free fun
Practicing Critical Thinking 10
Power Process: Risk being a fool
Master Student Profile: Kat James
Health Thinking about health
Discovery/Intention Statement
Take care of your machine
Your machine: Fuel it
Prevent and treat eating disorders
Your machine: Move it
Your machine: Rest it
Your machine: Observe it
Discovery/Intention Statement
Your machine: Protect it
Intention Statement
Men, consider your health
The experts recommend--seven dietary guidelines
Mastering Technology: Finding health information on the Internet
Discovery Statement
Developing self-esteem
Emotional pain is not a sickness
Suicide is no solution Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
The truth
Addiction: how do I know..
Some facts..
From addiction to recovery
Succeed in quitting smoking
Practicing Critical Thinking 11
Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health
Discovery/Intention Statement
Crazed glazed donut runs amok
Power Process: Surrender Master
Student Profile: Christopher Reeve
What's Next
Now that you're done-begin
Discovery/Intention Statement
"...use the following suggestions to continue..."
Do something you can't Create your career now
Create your career plan-now
Recognize your skills
Jumpstart your education with transferable skills 25 transferable skills
Use the SCANS reports to discover your skills
Use r?sum?s and interviews to "hire" an employer
Mastering Technology: Websites for job hunters
Creating and using portfolios
Choosing schools...again
Contributing: The art of selfishness
Service learning: The art of learning by contributing
Practicing Critical Thinking 12
Define your values; align your actions
The discovery wheel--coming full circle
Discovery/Intention Statement
This book shouts, "Use me!"
Create your next semester
Power Process: Be it Master
Student Profile: Vera Wang
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