Practicing College Learning Strategies

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-29
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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PRACTICING COLLEGE LEARNING STRATEGIES, Fifth Edition, combines practical application with learning strategies theory, and is an excellent motivational tool for teaching students how to learn. The textbook focuses on learning strategies that are supported by brain research and neuroscience, and helps instructors to instill confidence in students who may feel "stuck" in their academic progress. PRACTICING COLLEGE LEARNING STRATEGIES includes ample exercises and the inclusion of a "Survival Kit" ? a quick roadmap that provides an overview of keys to academic success to use in the first weeks of the semester. In addition, the structured activities and exercises guide students in the reflection process to make the information personal and useful and to provide practice opportunities. In the new edition, the author focuses on putting students in the driver's seat, teaching them how to use all of the tools that are at their disposal.

Table of Contents

Survival Kit
Musts for the First Day of Class
Ten General Survival Tips to Keep You Afloat
Evaluating Your Classroom Savvy
Survival Tips for Taking Notes and Reading Assignments
Survival Tips for Taking Tests
Before You Begin
Taking a Test
Checklist for Essay Tests
A Dozen Reasons to Review a Returned Test
Obtaining Your Technology Survival Tools Email Etiquette Survival Tips for On-line Courses Modeling the Learning Process: Your Map in Learning How to Learn
The BREATHE System
The Big 3: Posture, Neck and Shoulder Muscles, and Breath Support
Assignment Log
Applying the Principles of Time Management
Beginning Steps in Time Management
Scheduling: The Road Map or GPS for Time Management
Benefits of Scheduling
Principles of Scheduling
Time Log
Time Log Analysis
Planning a Master Schedule
Master Schedule Worksheet
Putting Your Master Schedule into Practice
Master Schedule Follow-up
Master Schedule
Date Book
To-Do List
Side Trips, Road Blocks and Detours
Time Wasters: Plan Your Attack
My plan for Time Wasters
Critical Thinking
The Necessity of Critical Thinking
The Process of Decision Making
The Decision-Making Process
Solve a problem
Thinking About Thinking
Fact and Opinion
Fact or Opinion?
Levels of Learning: Bloom's Taxonomy
Levels of Learning
Asking and Predicting Questions
Setting Goals
Why Have Goals?
What Does It Take to Make You Happy?
Locus of Control
Locus of Control
Why Are You Here?
When Should You Set Goals?
Examining Areas of Your Life
35-Minute Brainstorming Activity
Themes of Goals
Brainstorm Follow-up
Some Guidelines
Elements of a Useful Goal
Practice Writing Useful Goals
Writing Your Goals in a Way They Are Likely to Be Accomplished
Achieving Goals
Tips For Achieving Goals
Create Goals for a Classmate
Memory Principles
A Brief Explanation of Memory Research
Basic Information About the Brain
Applying the Memory Principles
Making an Effort to Remember Interest Intent to Remember Basic Background
Making an Effort
Controlling the Amount and Form of Information Selectivity Meaningful Organization
Controlling the Amount and Form or Information
Strengthening Neural Connections Recitation Visualization Association
Strengthening Neural Connections
Allowing Time to Solidify Pathways Consolidation Distributed Practice
Putting Memory Principles to Use
How Memory Works: Putting Principles in Perspective
Getting Information into the Brain+Reception into Short-Term Memory
Factors That Influence Reception
The Nature of Short-Term Memory
Processing from Short-Term to Long-Term Memory
Sensory Modes
The Nature of Long-Term Memory
Retrieving from Long-Term Memory
What Happens When You Retrieve Information from Long-Term Memory?
Applying Memory Principles in Retrieval
Processing Information from Lectures
Processing Information: Going Beyond Memory
Four Essential Functions for Learning
Essential Functions of Learning and the Question in the Margin System
Relating Information Processing to Memory Principles
Modeling the Learning Process (Reflecting)
Listening Skills
Obstacles to Listening
Improving Your Listening
Why Take Notes?
Using the Question in the Margin System for Lectures
Controlling the Amount and Form of Information
Before You Begin
Six Steps
Sample Notes+Question in the Margin
Practice Notes
Question in the Margin System
More Practice
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