The Confident Student

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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THE CONFIDENT STUDENT, Seventh Edition, provides practical and immediately applicable skills and critical-thinking strategies by emphasizing self-discovery, self-management, and self-assessment, with an underlying theme of helping first-year students to be more confident in their approach to learning. THE CONFIDENT STUDENT's core values of individual responsibility and confidence through accomplishment remain at its forefront by showing students they can succeed by applying themselves. The seventh edition pays particular attention to today’s student diversity, not only in their backgrounds but also in the ways they learn. Some learn best by reading, some are more visually oriented, and some learn best through practice and assessment. The conversational writing style coupled with the variety of strategies and exercises enhances the journey students take to becoming more successful in college and life.

Table of Contents

Becoming a Confident Student
Confidence Builder: How Flexible Are You?
Choose Success and Plan For It
Use Self-Assessment to Build Confidence
Define Your Goals
Think Ahead to a Major or Career
Are You Ready to Achieve?
Form an Academic Support Group Faculty
Advisors and Counselors.
Extend Your Support Group
Computer Confidence: Use Technology to Build Communication Skills
Embrace Diversity
Your Diverse Campus
Diverse Students, Needs, and Services
Adult Learners
Students with Disabilities
International Students
Students with Diverse Sexual Orientations
Critical Thinking
Be An Active Learner
Know Where to Find Help
Inform Yourself
Get Involved
Ask Questions with Confidence
Special Challenges for Commuters
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 1 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Motivating Yourself to Learn
Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Confidence Builder: Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory
What Are Your Strengths/Weaknesses in Basic Skills?
Discover and Use Your Learning Style
Your Five Senses
What Are Your Sensory Preferences?
Your Body's Reactions
How Does Your Body React?
Your Preferred Learning Environment
Your Level of Motivation
Your Source of Motivation
What Is Your Source of Motivation?
Critical Thinking Applying Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory
Adapt to Others' Styles
Develop Critical Thinking and Learning Strategies
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 2 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Thinking Critically and Creatively
Confidence Builder: Are You Willing to Take Intellectual Risks?
Think for Yourself
What is Critical Thinking?
What is Creative Thinking?
Are You a Critical and Creative Thinker?
You Can Improve Your Thinking
Recognize Inductive and Deductive Arguments
Spot False Reasoning
Ask the Right Questions
Critical Thinking: Applying Bloom's Levels of Thinking
Prepare to Learn
Build Background
Test Your Assumptions
Predict Topics and Test Questions
Make Inferences
Read and Listen for Meaning
Integrate New Information with Prior Knowledge
Define New or Unfamiliar Terms
Evaluate Information and Sources
How to Evaluate Website Content
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 3 Review Quiz
Your Reflections: How Do You Think?
Setting Goals and Solving Problems
Confidence Builder: How to Develop a Positive Attitude
Define Your Values
What Are Your Reasons for Attending College?
Differentiate Between Long-Term and Short-Term Goals
Set Reachable Goals
Write Your Action Plan
Think Through Decisions and Problems
Apply the COPE Strategy
Critical Thinking: Applying Your Problem-Solving Skills
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 4 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Sharpening Your Classroom Skills
Confidence Builder: Academic Honesty and You
Prepare for Class
Are You Prepared for Classes and Lectures?
Become an Active Listener
Commit to a Note-Taking System
How Effective Are Your Note-Taking Skills?
Guidelines for Lecture Notes
The Informal Outline/Key Words System
The Idea Cluster
Computer Confidence: Organize Your Notes On Your Laptop or PC
Engage in Learning With Others
Participate Actively and Confidently
Become an Effective Presenter
Critical Thinking: Present a Skill to the Class
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 5 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Making the Most of Your Time
Confidence Builder: "I work better under pressure" and other myths
How to GRAB Time
Awareness Check
Where Does Your Time Go?
How to Schedule Your Time
The Semester or Quarter Calendar
Your Weekly Schedule
A Daily List
Time Management and Learning Style
Make Time for Reading
Challenges for Community College Students and Others
Time management Tips for Student Athletes
How to Avoid Procrastination
Awareness Check
Are You a Procrastinator?
Why Do People Procrastinate?
Awareness Check
What Is Your Attitude Toward Studying?
Tips to Beat Procrastination
Manage Your Study Environment
Critical Thinking: No Excuses
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 6 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Becoming an Active Reader
Confidence Builder: How To Calculate Your Reading Rate
Active versus Passive Reading
Are You an Active Reader?
The Reading and Study Connection
Skimming and Scanning
When English is Your Second Language
Improve Your Reading Comprehension
Read for Ideas
Find the Main Idea
Identify Supporting Details
Make Inferences From Reading
Look for Organizational Patterns
Use a Textbook Marking System
What to Mark in Textbooks
How to Mark Your Textbook
Summarize Information From Textbooks
Critical Thinking: Evaluate Textbook Marking
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 7 Review Quiz
Your Reflections
Controlling Attention and Memory
Confidence Builder: Relax to Concentrate
Control Your Attention
Where is Your Attention Going?
Eliminate Distractions
Your Study Place: Six Characteristics
Attitude, Active Learning, and Attention
Manage the Stages of Memory
What is in Your Memory?
The Three Rs of Memory
Sensory Memory: Input and Attention
Short-Term Memory: Record
Long-Term Memory: Retain and Recall
Forgetting and Remembering
Power Your Memory: 10 Tips
Critical Thinking: Choose Your Best Strategy
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 8 Quiz
Your Reflections: Your Memory is Your Experience
Creating Your Study System
Confidence Builder: Be Proactive About Studying
SQ3R: The Basic Study System
Are You Using Your Textbooks Efficiently?
Survey Books and Chapters
Question As You Read
Read Actively
Recite To Focus and Record
Review To Aid Retention and Recall
Computer Confidence: Survey to Save Time on the Net
Understanding Graphics
Critical Thinking: Apply the PRT Strategy
Study Systems and Learning Style
Studying for Different Disciplines
Composition and Literature
The Social Sciences
The Natural Sciences
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 9 Quiz
Your Reflections: Your Study System
Studying and Learning from Textbooks
Confidence Builder: Adjust Your Attitude
From Notes to Study Guides
How Do You Study From Textbooks?
Graphic Organizers
Concept Map
Hierarchy Diagram
Process or Function Diagram
Branches or Clusters
Comparison Chart
Computer Confidence: Your Computer as a Study Buddy
Informal Outlines as Study Tools
Critical Thinking: Study Tools Teach-in
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 10 Quiz
Your Reflections: Take the Risk to Commit and Persist
Gaining Confidence in Taking Tests
Confidence Builder: Help for the Math-Anxious Student
Know When, What and How to Study
When to Study
What to Study
How to Study
How Well Do You Prepare for Tests?
Critical Thinking: Pre-Exam Checklist.
Develop a Test-Taking Routine
Before the Test
During the Test
After the Test
Master Objective Tests
True-False Tests
Multiple-Choice Tests
Fill-in-the-Blank Tests
Standardized Tests
Answer Essay Questions with Confidence
Do You Have Test Anxiety?
The Causes of Test Anxiety
Fear of Not Meeting Expectations
Equating Grades and Self-Esteem
Feelings of Helplessness
How to Reduce Test Anxiety
Learn to Relax
Talk Positively to Yourself
Find Your Best Solution
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 11 Quiz
Your Reflections: Your Response to Testing
Building Skills for Confident Communication
Confidence Builder: How to Reduce Speech Anxiety
Building Interpersonal Skills
Are You a Confident Communicator?
Are You Listening?
Critical Thinking: What Kind of Listener Are You?
The Posture of Involvement
Let's Be Civil
Manage Your Relationships
Guidelines for Successful Group Interaction
Resolving Conflict Within the Group
Using Communication Technology
Developing Your Public Voice
Planning Your Speech or Presentation
Presenting Your Ideas to an Audience
Researching and Writing
Finding Information
Avoiding Plagiarism
Planning and Writing a Paper
Taking Essay Exams with Confidence
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 12 Quiz
Your Reflections: Communication and You
Maintaining Your Health and Well-Being
Confidence Builder: Emotional Intelligence--What is Your EQ?
Health, Well-Being, and Success in College
Are You Leading a Balanced Life?
Eat Sensibly
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Avoid Harmful Substances
Computer Confidence: Are You Spending Too Much Time on the Net?
Managing Stress
Critical Thinking: What Stresses You?
Managing Your Emotions
Understand Your Feelings
Find Purpose in Your Life
Accept the Need for Change
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Your Sexuality
Understanding Acquaintance Rape
Dealing with Sexual Harassment
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 13 Quiz
Your Reflections: Getting Your Life in Balance
Facing our Future with Confidence
Confidence Builder: College Is the Real World
Choose Your Future
Are You Confident About the Future?
Your Career Assumptions.
Your Major or Course of Study
Computer Confidence: Researching Careers on the Internet
Your Action Plan
What Employers Want
Assess Your Career Skills
Career Skills to Develop
Workplace Ethics
From College to Work
Critical Thinking: Your Assets and Accomplishments
Build a Firm Financial Foundation
Set Financial Goals
Follow a Budget
Live Within Your Means
Be Credit Card Wise
Guided Chapter Review
Chapter 14 Quiz
Your Reflections: Becoming a Confident Student
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