College Study The Essential Ingredients

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-01
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Uses an active learning approach that focuses on the reader choosing, applying, and assessing practical strategies, with the goal of creating an effective, efficient, and individualized system of study. College Study exposes readers to howto make informed choices about learning content that is often new, complex, and changing rapidly, especially given the increasing link between technology and learning. Included is the inter-relationship of students' learning behaviors and attitudes, with an emphasis on applying multi-modal strategies into daily course work. The text covers the major learning skills topics: academic planning and goal-setting, time management and procrastination, productivity, active listening and note taking, reading and studying, preparing for and taking tests, enhancing learning and memory, reducing worry/anxiety, and online and web-based strategies. The text is written in a streamlined format; with an informal, personal writing style; and engaging activitiesthat maintain the reader's attention and appeal to today's college students.

Author Biography

Sally Lipsky has a B.S. elementary education from the University of New Mexico, M.Ed. reading education from Texas Southern University, and Ph.D. language communications and adult education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a full professor in the Developmental Studies Department, College of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work has centered on aspects of student learning at the post-secondary level, including college reading and study strategies and peer-to-peer learning.


Sally's publications include:

·         A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc., 2011.

·         What Every Student Should Know About Reading and Studying the Social Sciences (w/ Hamer, A. B.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010.

·         Introduction to Higher Education (w/ Winstead, S.). New York, NY: Pearson Custom Publishing.

·         College Study: The Essential Ingredients, 2 e. Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.


She is a member of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), and has facilitated numerous professional presentations.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Creating Academic Successp. 1
Focus Questionsp. 1
Chapter Termsp. 1
A System of Study: The Essential Ingredientsp. 2
Your Learning Behaviorsp. 2
Your Learning Attitudesp. 3
Learning Modalitiesp. 4
A Path to Success: Personal Action Statementsp. 5
Conclusionp. 8
Comprehension Checkp. 10
Managing Your Timep. 11
Focus Questionsp. 11
Chapter Termsp. 11
Controlling Your Time: Five Essential Ingredientsp. 12
Use a Weekly Schedulep. 13
Use a Daily Plannerp. 20
Use a Semester Calendarp. 21
Balance Academic with Social and Personal Demandsp. 23
Avoid Procrastination and Reduce Stressp. 25
Personal Action Statement: Applying Time Management Techniquesp. 28
Conclusionp. 32
Comprehension Checkp. 33
Maximizing Your Productivityp. 35
Focus Questionsp. 35
Chapter Termsp. 35
Maximizing Your Productivity: Three Essential Ingredientsp. 36
Choose a Suitable Locationp. 36
Get Organized: Reduce Stress and Increase Productivityp. 38
Minimize Distractions and Maximize Concentrationp. 41
Conclusionp. 47
Comprehension Checkp. 47
Active Listening and Note Takingp. 49
Focus Questionsp. 49
Chapter Termsp. 49
Active Listening: Three Essential Ingredientsp. 50
Prepare Before Classp. 50
Listen and Take Notes During Classp. 53
Listen Selectivelyp. 53
Take Concise Notesp. 54
Be Clearp. 57
Be Accuratep. 58
Pay Attentionp. 58
Follow Up After Classp. 60
Dealing with Difficult Lecturersp. 64
Conclusionp. 72
Comprehension Checkp. 73
Reading and Studying Text Materialp. 75
Focus Questionsp. 75
Chapter Termsp. 75
Understanding and Remembering: Five Essential Ingredientsp. 76
Preview What's Aheadp. 79
Get an Overview of the Bookp. 79
Get an Overview of the Chapter or Articlep. 79
Identify Your Purposep. 80
Break Up Your Readingp. 80
Check Your Understandingp. 81
Create Study Guidesp. 82
Question-and-Answer Study Guidep. 82
Highlighting-Plus-Marking Study Guidep. 84
Outlining Study Guidep. 85
Study Cardsp. 85
Visual Study Guides: Maps, Charts, and Timelinesp. 87
Review Periodicallyp. 94
Add or Combine Lecture Materialp. 94
Talk Aloudp. 94
Anticipate Test Questionsp. 95
Conclusionp. 98
Comprehension Checkp. 99
Enhancing Your Learning and Memoryp. 103
Focus Questionsp. 103
Chapter Termsp. 103
Learning and Memory: Seven Essential Ingredientsp. 104
Get Enough Sleepp. 104
Study in Small, Regular Blocks of Timep. 105
Review Soon After Receiving New Informationp. 105
Organize and Categorize Informationp. 106
Study with Othersp. 107
Use Your Sensesp. 108
Associate Ideasp. 111
Conclusionp. 114
Comprehension Checkp. 114
Preparing for Testsp. 117
Focus Questionsp. 117
Chapter Termsp. 117
Success with Tests: Be Preparedp. 118
Keep Up with Academic Workp. 118
Develop Test Review Guidesp. 118
Rehearse for the Examp. 119
Reduce Test Anxietyp. 123
Do You Have Test Anxiety?p. 123
Change How You Think About the Testp. 126
Change How You React Physically to a Testp. 127
Desensitize Yourselfp. 129
Conclusionp. 135
Comprehension Checkp. 135
Taking Testsp. 137
Focus Questionp. 137
Chapter Termsp. 137
Taking Tests: Two Essential Ingredientsp. 138
Develop Test-Wisenessp. 138
Use a Five-Step Course of Actionp. 138
Watch for Key Wordsp. 140
Look for Qualifying Wordsp. 140
Practice Multiple-Choice Questionsp. 141
Practice Essay Questionsp. 148
Review the Testp. 151
Conclusionp. 152
Comprehension Checkp. 154
Continuing Your Academic Success: A Reviewp. 155
Focus Questionp. 155
Chapter Termp. 155
Your Personal Action Planp. 156
Conclusionp. 158
Indexp. 159
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