Effective College Learning

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-03
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The authors ofEffective College Learningdo more than prepare readers for academic success: They prepare them for lifelong learning.Effective College Learningwas built from the ground up to reflect contemporary research about learning theory. Readers not only learnhowwe learn, butwhywe learn, and theyrs"re shown how to be active in their learning. The stunning design ofEffective College Learningkeeps the reader engaged through the generous use of visuals and a "chunked" design that makes locating key information easy.

Author Biography

Jodi Patrick Holschuh is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University. For more than fifteen years, Jodi has been involved in helping students make the transition from high school to college learning. An award-winning teacher, Jodi teaches courses to help students learn effective and efficient study habits as well as courses for graduate students and instructors on how to teach reading and learning at the college level. She has presented many conference papers both nationally and internationally and has written many articles, book chapters, and books on the topic of helping students learn in college. Her research interests include students' beliefs about learning, making the transition from high school to college learning, strategies for academic success, and motivation. When she is not writing, teaching, or researching, Jodi loves rediscovering the world as her son and daughter learn new things. She also loves to read good books and travel to new places.


Sherrie Nist-Olejnik is a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia. Prior to retiring, she was the director of the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia. Before becoming director, she taught reading and studying courses to college students in the same division. Dr. Nist received both her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. It was as a graduate student that she first became interested in how students learn, particularly concerning the factors that seem to influence a smooth transition from high school to college, and the academic struggles that first-year students seem to face. Sherrie has published more than eighty articles, textbooks, textbook chapters, and other professional pieces all related to how college students learn and study. She has presented the results of her research in more than 100 national and international professional meetings, and she has received honors and awards for her contributions to both teaching and research. She continues to be active in her field by writing books and consulting. Sherrie loves traveling, cooking, and, of course, reading and learning new things. 

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 You Have Arrived: A Primer on College Life


Chapter 2 Getting Things Done: Organizing Yourself and Your Time


Chapter 3 Learning About Your Motivation, Attitudes, and Interests


Chapter 4 How Beliefs About Knowledge Impact Learning


Chapter 5 Identifying and Handling Stress


Chapter 6 How People Learn


Chapter 7 Figuring Out the Task


Chapter 8 Note Taking: Your Task in Class


Chapter 9 Active Reading


Chapter 10 Rehearsal Strategies


Chapter 11 Reviewing Strategies


Chapter 12 Preparing for and Taking Objective Exams


Chapter 13 Preparing for and Taking Essay and Specialty Exams


Chapter 14 Research, Resources, and Presentations


Chapter 15 Flexible Reading and Studying


Appendix A - Sample Psychology Textbook Chapter

Chapter 6, “Memory,” from Mastering the World of Psychology,

by S. E. Wood, E. G. Wood, and D. Boyd


Appendix B - Sample Biology Textbook Chapter

Chapter 21, “Nutrition, Digestion and Excretion” from Life on Earth, Fifth Edition, by T. Audesirk, G. Audersirk, and B. Byers.


Appendix C - Sample History Textbook Chapter

Chapter 25, “The Great Depression and the New Deal 1929-1939,” from The American Journey, Vol. 2, Fourth Edition, by D. Goldfield, C. Abbott, V. Anderson, J.E. Argersinger, P.H. Argersinger, W.L. Barney, and R.M. Weir.


Appendix D - Sample Psychology Textbook Chapter C

Chapter 2, “Hardware Bascis,” from Tomorrow's Technology and You, Eigth Edition, by G. Beekman, and M.J. Quinn.





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