Practicing College Learning Strategies

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Practicing College Learning Strategies presents practical applications of study skills in a clear and concise, workbook style format. The text is known for providing ample exercises throughout each chapter, reflecting the author's belief that students can be taught how to learn more effectively through hands-on reinforcement. Now produced in two-color, the Fourth Edition has a sleek design and is organized around a new learning strategies framework. This framework includes chapter-opening objectives that preview the materials students are about to learn. The author presents the latest research on the brain, helping students to understand how they learn, how to capitalize on their strengths, and how to adjust for their weaknesses. Structured activities and exercises guide students in the reflection process to make the information personal and useful and to provide practice opportunities. The straightforward explanations and structured activities that model the learning process make this text especially useful for first time college students or returning adults.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with Learning Outcomes, contains Making Connections, and concludes with a Summary and Case Study: What's Your Advice?
Survival Kit: Things You Need to Know Right Now!
Musts for the First Day of Class Ten
General Survival Tips to Keep You Afloat
The Breathe System Survival
Tips for Taking Notes and Reading Assignments
Survival Tips for Taking Tests
Checklist for Essay Tests
A Dozen Reasons to Review a Returned Test
Obtaining Your Technology Survival Tools
Assignment Log
Applying the Principles of Time Management
Beginning Steps in Time Management
Making It Concrete Scheduling: The Foundation of Time Management
Date Book To-Do List Making Connections
Time Wasters: Plan Your Attack Virtual
Field Trips:Procrastination and Time Management
Critical Thinking AboutPrioritizing Exercise
Critical Thinking The Necessity of Critical Thinking
The Process of Decision Making Thinking About
Thinking Fact and Opinion
Levels of Learning: Bloom's Taxonomy Making It Concrete
Virtual Field Trip:Bloom's Taxonomy
Virtual Field Trip:Learning More About Asking Questions
Setting Goals Why Have Goals?
Locus of Control Virtual Field Trip:Locus of Control
Why Are You Here?
When Should You Set Goals?
Examining Areas of Your Life Themes of Goals
Elements of a Useful Goal
Critical Thinking AboutFollow-Up Making It Concrete Critical
Thinking AboutWhat's Your Problem Class?
Reasons Students Fail College
Memory Principles
A Brief Explanation of Memory Research
Memory Principles: Quick Reference Guide
Applying the Memory Principles
Making an Effort to Remember
Making It Concrete Controlling the Amount and Form of Information
Strengthening Neural Connections Allowing Time to Solidify Pathways
Virtual Field Trip:Memory Principles
Virtual Field Trip:Memory Principles Quiz
How Memory Works: Putting Principles in Perspective
Stage One: Getting Information into the Brain--
Reception into Short-Term Memory Critical Thinking AboutReception
The Nature of Short-Term Memory
Stage Two: Processing from Short-Term to Long-Term Memory
The Nature of Long-Term Memory
Stage Three: Retrieving from Long-Term Memory
What Happens
When You Retrieve Information from Long-Term Memory?
Virtual Field Trip:Learning More About the Brain
Processing Information from Lectures
Processing Information: Going Beyond Memory Relating Information
Processing to Memory Principles Modeling the Learning Process
Listening Skills Virtual Field Trip:Let's Improve Your Listening
Why Take Notes?
Using the Label in the Margin System for Lectures
Making It Concrete Practice Notes
Summary Sheet for Label in the Margin: Lecture Notes
Virtual Field Trip:Expanding
What You Know About Note Taking Critical
Thinking AboutTaking Notes
Processing Information from Textbooks
Using the Label in the Margin System for Textbooks
Learning Outcomes
Learning Styles: How a Person Learns Best Summary
Sheet for Label in the Margin: Textbooks
Virtual Field Trip:Let's Learn More About Critical Reading and Mapping
Mapping Sample Notes
If This Had Been a Lecture
Sample of the Label in the Margin System for Textbooks Sample Mapping Making It Concrete
Promoting Concentration
Internal Distractions
External Distractions
Discovering the Best Place for You to Study
Study Habits
Analysis Virtual Field Trip:Searching for Concentration Tips
Learning Styles
What Are Learning Styles?
Learning Outcomes W
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