Becoming A Master Student

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-04
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The thirteenth 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 thirteenth 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 Style Inventory (LSI) deepen students' knowledge of themselves and the world around them. In this latest edition, students will find even more ways to connect to the content with the new Master Students in Action feature and end-of-chapter Skills Snapshot exercise.

"My retired husband was scanning the text on a plane one day while we were traveling and marveled at the content and scope of the issues covered. After his review, he then said to me, can I get a copy? A former student liked the text so much that she planned to share it with her high school daughter and her daughter's friends because she thought it would help them improve their academic performance."

"I have used BAMS since its first edition--then because it was the one selected by the course leader and one of the few available. After my first BAMS workshop I began to better understand the philosophy behind the text--a philosophy that I believe in and practice. But, more importantly, it is student and instructor friendly--filled with ideas and opportunities to practice what we teach (or should I say preach)."

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Transitions
This book is worthless--if you just read it
This book is worth $1,000
Textbook Reconnaissance
Get the most out of this book
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System
Rewrite this book
Discovery and Intention Statement Guidelines
Recalling Excellence
Making the transition to higher education
Plan for transition
Classroom civility: what's in it for you
Succeeding in higher education--at any age
Connect to resources
Extracurricular activities: Read the benefits
Link to the world of work
You don't need this course--and you might want it
Ways to change a habit
Choosing your purpose
The Power Processes--a user guide
Power Process: Discover what you want
First Steps
First Step: Truth is a key to mastery
Create value from this chapter
Taking the First Step
The Discovery Wheel
Roll your Discovery Wheel
Mastering Technology: Supplement your text with computer resources
Learning Styles: Discovering how you learn
Learning Style Inventory
Take a snapshot of your learning styles
Scoring your Inventory Learning Style
Graph Learning styles across the curriculum
Returning to the big picture about learning styles
Balancing your preferences
Using your learning style profile to succeed
When learning styles conflict, you have options
Claim your multiple intelligences
Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system
The magic of metacognition
Learning about learning--putting it all together
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
Master Student Profiles
Power Process: Ideas are tools
Put it to work
Chapter 1 Quiz
Take a skills snapshot
Master student profile
You've got the time
Create value from this chapter
The Time Monitor/Time Plan Process
reflect on how you spend the time of your life
Setting and achieving goals
Seeing where all the time goes
Get real with your goals
The ABC daily to-do list
Create a lifeline
Mastering Technology: Use Web-based tools to save time
More strategies for planning
Stop procrastination now
The seven-day anti-procrastination plan
Practicing critical thinking
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
Gearing up: Using a long-term planner
Power Process: Be here now
Put it to work
Chapter 2 Quiz
Take a Skills Snapshot
Take your memory out of the closet
Create value from this chapter
The memory jungle
20 memory techniques
Use Q-cards to reinforce memory
Set a trap for your memory
Journal entry: Revisit your memory skills
Remembering your car keys--or anything else
Keep your brain fit for life
Remembering NAMES
Mnemonic devices
Get creative
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)
Put it to work
Chapter 3 Quiz
Take a skills snapshot
Master student profile: Pablo Alvarado
Muscle Reading
Discover what you want from this chapter
How Muscle Reading works
Before you read
While you read
Five smart ways to highlight a text
After you read
Muscle Reading--a leaner approach
Journal Entry XX: Experimenting with muscle reading
When reading is tough
Mastering technology Find what you want on the Internet
Reading fast
Read with a dictionary or laptop in your lap
The twenty-first century researcher--using your library
Staying Literate in the Digital Age
English as a second language
Reading with children underfoot
Practicing critical thinking
Power process: Notice your pictures and let them go
Put it to work
Chapter 4 Quiz
Take a Skills Snapshot
Master student profile: Wilma Mankiller
The note-taking process flows
Get what you want from this chapter
Observe: The note-taking process flows
Create more value from lectures
What to do when you miss a class
Record: The note-taking process flows
Review: The note-taking process flows
Reflect on your review habits
Enroll your instructor in your education
Meeting with your instructor
When your instructor talks fast
Television note taking
Taking notes while reading
Note this information about your sources
revisit your goals
Get to the bones of your book with concept maps
Taking notes... despite PowerPoint
Online classes--taking notes and using other review tools
Practicing critical thinking
Mastering Technology Your mind, online
Power process: I create it all
Put it to work
Take a Skills Snapshot
Master student profile: Harvey Milk
Disarm tests
Use this chapter to transform your experience of tests
What to do before the test
How to cram (even though you "shouldn't")
Ways to predict test questions
Cooperative learning
Mastering Technology: Collaboration 2.0
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
Perils of high-tech cheating
Let go of test anxiety
Have some FUN
Twenty things I like to do
Notice your excuses and let them go
Explore your feelings about tests
Getting ready for math tests
Succeeding in science courses
Use learning styles for math success
Celebrate mistakes
Practicing critical thinking
Power process: DETACH
Put it to work
Chapter 6 Quiz
Take a Skills Snapshot
Master student profile
Master Student Map
Critical thinking: A survival skill
Discovery/Intention Statement: Choose to create value from this chapter
Becoming a critical thinker
Four more questions for critical thinking
Attitudes of a critical thinker
Finding "aha!" Creativity fuels critical thinking
Ways to create ideas
Creative ways for groups to get "unstuck"
Create on your feet
Don't fool yourself: Fifteen 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--Learning through inquiry
Practicing critical thinking
Think critically about information on the Internet
Mastering Technology: Rethinking email
Explore emotional reactions
Translating goals into action
Discovery/Intention Statement: Reflect on choosing a major
Power process: Find a bigger problem
Put it to work
Chapter 7 Quiz
Skills Snapshot
Master student profile: Twyla Tharp
Communicating creates our world
Discovery/Intention Statement: Commit to create value from this chapter
Communication--keeping the channels open
Practice sending or receiving
Choosing to listen
Choosing to speak
Discovery/Intention Statement: Discover communication styles
Developing emotional intelligence
Five ways to say "I"
Write an "I" message
Managing conflict
Discovery/Intention Statement
Recreate a relationship
Resolve conflicts with roommates
Five ways to say no... gracefully
You deserve compliments. 7 steps to effective complaints
Criticism really can be constructive
V.I.P.S (Very Important Persons)
Collaborating for success
Staying smart in cyberspace--safe social networking
Text message etiquette--Five key points
Mastering Technology: Master students--get networked
Three phases of effective writing
Discovery Statement: Take a First Step about writing
Academic integrity: Avoid plagiarism
Mastering public speaking
Making the grade in group presentations
Practicing critical thinking
Power process: Employ your word
Put it to work
Chapter 8 Quiz
Skills Snapshot
Master student profile: Sampson Davis
Waking up to diversity
Discovery/Intention Statement: Commit to create value from this chapter
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: Removing barriers to communication
Discovery Statement: Reflect on the quality of a recent conversation
Practicing critical thinking
Mastering Technology: Making technology accessible
Power process: Choose your conversations and your community
Put it to work
Chapter 9 Quiz
Skills Snapshot
Master student profile
Three paths to financial freedom
Discovery/Intention Statement: Commit to a new experience of money
The Money Monitor/Money Plan
Discovery/Intention Statement: Reflect on your Money Monitor/Money Plan
Make more money
Mastering Technology Protect your money online
Spend less money
Show me the money
Managing money during tough times
Take charge of your credit
Common credit terms
If you're in trouble... Money for the future
YOU can pay for SCHOOL
Education is worth it
Your learning styles and your money
Education by the hour
We live like ROYALTY
Free fun
Practicing critical thinking
Power process: Risk being a fool
Put it to work
Chapter 10 Quiz
Skills Snapshot
Master student profile: Lisa Price
Wake up to health
Discovery Statement: Take a First Step about your health
Choose your fuel
Prevent and treat eating disorders
Choose to exercise
Choose mental health
Choose to rest
Choose to stay safe
Observe thyself
Choose sexual health: prevent infection
Choose sexual health: Prevent unwanted pregnancy
Discovery/Intention Statement: Choose a new level of health
Men, consider your health
Mastering Technology: Setting limits on screen time
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 dependence to recovery
Succeed in quitting smoking
Practicing critical thinking
Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health
Discovery/Intention Statement
Crazed glazed donut runs amok
Power process: Surrender
Put it to work
Chapter 11 Quiz
Skills Snapshot
Master student profile
What's Next
Master Student Map
Now that you're done--begin
Discovery/Intention Statement: Revisiting what you want and how you intend to get it
"... use the following suggestions to continue
" Mastering Technology: Continue your education at Internet University
Create your career now
Create your career plan--now
Recognize your skills
Sample career plans
Jumpstart your education with transferable skills
65 transferable skills
Use r?sum?s and interviews to "hire" an employer
Do something you can't
Surviving your first day on a new job
Choosing schools... again
Contributing: The art of selfishness
Becoming a Master Student goes green
Service learning: The art of learning by contributing
Practicing critical thinking
Define your values align your actions
The Discovery Wheel--Coming full circle
Discovery/Intention Statement: Revisiting your Discovery Wheels
This book shouts, "Use me!"
Create your next semester
Power process: Be it
Put it to work
Chapter 12 Quiz
Master student profile
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