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Becoming a Master Student

Becoming a Master Student - 12th edition

ISBN13: 978-0618950034

Cover of Becoming a Master Student 12TH 09 (ISBN 978-0618950034)
ISBN13: 978-0618950034
ISBN10: 0618950036

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 12TH 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2009
International: No

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Becoming a Master Student - 12TH 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618950034

David B. Ellis

ISBN13: 978-0618950034
ISBN10: 0618950036

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 12TH 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2009
International: No

For a full description of this text, see Becoming a Master Student, 11/e.

The long-standing best seller in student success, Becoming a Master Student gives students a framework for examining their lives from a self-discovery perspective. Articles, strategies, and exercises help students understand their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and practice academic and life skills.

Designed for shorter courses, the concise version of this best-selling text offers the key elements of the complete text by combining topics, and streamlining articles and activities. This edition features a cleaner, more sophisticated design and a new organizational framework to help students monitor thinking and learning.

Additional updates include integrated coverage of diversity, a new chapter on using technology to achieve success, and new Master Student Profiles.

* New! The Master Student Map (Metacognitive Application Process) provides an organizational framework based on the Learning Styles Inventory to help students understand why each chapter matters, how to use each chapter, and what to think about while reading.
* New! The Discover What You Want Power Process in the Introduction encourages students to establish and achieve their goals.
* New! Put It to Work features at the end of each chapter show students how skills translate to the working world, and how experience from the workplace is applicable to academics.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter begins with Master Student Map and ends with Put It to Work, Quiz, and Learning Styles Application.
Making Transitions
This book is worthless--if you just read it
This book is worth $1,000
Exercise 1: Textbook reconnaissance
Get the most out of this book
Exercise 2: Commitment
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system
Rewrite this book
Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines
Journal Entry 1: Discovery Statement
Making the transition to higher education
Succeeding in higher education--at any age
Connect to resources
Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits
Link to the world of work
Ways to change a habit
Journal Entry 2: Discovery Statement
Power Process: Discover what you want
1. First Steps
First Step: Truth is a key to mastery
Journal Entry 3: Discovery/Intention Statement
Exercise 3: Taking the First Step
Exercise 4: The Discovery Wheel
Journal Entry 4: Discovery/Intention Statement
Mastering Technology: Supplement your text with computer resources
Learning Styles: Discovering how you learn
Journal Entry 5: Discovery/Intention Statement
Using your learning style profile to succeed in school
When learning styles conflict, you have options
Claim your multiple intelligences
Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system
The magic of metacognition
The Master Student
The value of higher education
Motivation "I'm just not in the mood"
Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations
Attitude replacements
Exercise 5: Reprogram your attitude
Practicing Critical Thinking 1
Master Student Profiles
Power Process: Ideas are tools
Master Student Profile: Liz Murray
2. Time
You've got the time
Journal Entry 6: Discovery/Intention Statement
Exercise 6: The Time Monitor/Time Plan process
Setting and achieving goals
Journal Entry 7: Discovery Statement
Exercise 7: Get real with your goals
The ABC daily to-do list
Exercise 8: Create a lifeline
Mastering Technology: High-tech ways to manage time
More strategies for planning
Stop procrastination now
The seven-day antiprocrastination plan
Practicing Critical Thinking 2
25 ways to get the most out of now
Keep on going?
Remember cultural differences
Beyond time management: Stay focused on what matters
Forget time management--just get things done
Exercise 9: Master monthly calendar
Power process: Be here now
Master Student Profile: Malcolm X
3. Memory
Take your memory out of the closet
Journal Entry 8: Discovery/Intention Statement
The memory jungle
20 memory techniques
Exercise 10: Use Q-Cards to reinforce memory
Set a trap for your memory
Journal Entry 9: Discovery Statement
Exercise 11: Remembering your car keys--or anything else
Keep your brain fit for life
Remembering names
Mnemonic devices
Exercise 12: Be a Poet
Mastering Technology: Use your computer to enhance memory
Notable failures
Practicing Critical Thinking 3
Exercise 13: Move from problems to solutions
Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers)
Master Student Profile: Cesar Chavez
4. Reading
Muscle Reading
Journal Entry 10: Discovery/Intention Statement
How Muscle Reading works
Phase one: Before you read
Phase two: While you read
Five smart ways to highlight a text
Phase three: After you read
Muscle Reading--a leaner approach
Journal Entry 11: Discovery Statement
When reading is tough
Mastering Technology: Find what you want on the Internet
Reading fast
Exercise 14: Relax
Read with a dictionary in your lap
The twenty-first century researcher--using your library
English as a second language
Reading with children underfoot
Practicing Critical Thinking 4
Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go
Master Student Profile: Helen Keller
5. Notes
The note-taking process flows
Journal Entry 12: Discovery/Intention Statement
Journal Entry 13: Discovery/Intention Statement
What to do when you miss a class
Journal Entry 14: Discovery Statement
Improving your handwriting
Exercise 15: Consider the impact of handwriting
Enroll your instructor in your education
Meeting with your instructor
When your instructor talks fast
Exercise 16: Television note taking
Taking notes while reading
Exercise 17: Revisit your goals
Get to the bones of your book with concept maps
Practicing Critical Thinking 5
Becoming an online learner
Mastering Technology: Create digital tools for learning
Power Process: I create it all
Master Student Profile: Craig Kielburger
6. Tests
Disarm tests
Journal Entry 15: Discovery/Intention Statement
What to do before the test
How to cram (even though you shouldn't)
Ways to predict test questions
Cooperative learning: Working in groups
Journal Entry 16: Intention Statement
What to do during the test
F is for feedback, not failure
Words to watch for in essay questions
The test isn't over until...
The high costs of cheating
Mastering Technology: Perils of high-tech cheating
Let go of test anxiety
Have some FUN!
Exercise 18: Twenty things I like to do
Journal Entry 17 : Discovery/Intention Statement
Journal Entry 18: Discovery Statement
Getting ready for math tests
Succeeding in science courses
Journal Entry 19: Discovery/Intention Statement
Celebrate mistakes
Practicing Critical Thinking 6
Power Process: Detach
Master Student Profile: Barbara Jordan
7. Thinking
Critical thinking: A survival skill
Journal Entry 20: Discovery/Intention Statement
Becoming a critical thinker
Attitudes of a critical thinker
Finding "aha!" Creativity fuels critical thinking
Ways to create ideas
Create on your feet
Don't fool yourself: Twelve common mistakes in logic
Uncovering assumptions
Gaining skill at decision making
Four ways to solve problems
Choosing your major
Exercise 19: Make a trial choice of major
Asking questions
Practicing Critical Thinking 7
Think critically about information on the Internet
Mastering Technology: Evaluate search sites
Exercise 20: Explore emotional reactions
Exercise 21: Translating goals into action
Journal Entry 21: Discovery/Intention Statement
Power Process: Find a bigger problem
Exercise 22: Fix-the-world brainstorm
Master Student Profile: Irshad Manji
8. Communicating
Communicating creates our world
Journal Entry 22: Discovery/Intention Statement
Communication--keeping the channels open
Exercise 23: Practice sending or receiving
Choosing to listen
Choosing to speak
Journal Entry 23: Discovery/Intention Statement
Five ways to say "I"
Journal Entry 24: Discovery/Intention Statement
Managing conflict
Exercise 24: Write an "I" message
Resolve conflicts with roommates
Five ways to say no...gracefully
You deserve compliments
Seven steps to effective complaints
Criticism really can be constructive
Exercise 25: V.I.P.s (Very important persons)
Staying safe in cyberspace--joining online communities
Three phases of effective writing
Phase 1: Getting ready to write
Journal Entry 25: Discovery Statement
Phase 2: Writing a first draft
Phase 3: Revising your draft
Mastering Technology: Write e-mail that gets results
Academic Integrity: Avoid plagiarism
Mastering public speaking
Making the grade in group presentations
Practicing Critical Thinking 8
Power Process: Employ your word
Master Student Profile: Sampson Davis
9. Diversity
Waking up to diversity
Journal Entry 26: Discovery/Intention Statement
Diversity is real--and valuable
Building relationships across cultures
Exercise 26: Becoming a culture learner
Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking
Students with disabilities: Know your rights
Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment
Strategies for nonsexist communication
Leadership in a diverse world
Journal Entry 27: Discovery/Intention Statement
Journal Entry 28: Discovery Statement
Practicing Critical Thinking 9
Mastering Technology: The world you live in
Power Process: Choose your conversations and your community
Master Student Profile: Bayard Rustin
10. Money
Three paths to financial freedom
Journal Entry 29: Discovery/Intention Statement
Exercise 27: The Money Monitor/Money Summary Plan
Journal Entry 30: Discovery/Intention Statement
Make more money
Mastering Technology: Protect your money online
Spend less money
Exercise 28: Show me the money
Take charge of your credit
Money for the future
If you're in trouble...
You can pay for school
Mastering Technology: Using your computer to manage money
Education is worth it
Exercise 29: Education by the hour
We live like royalty
Free fun
Practicing Critical Thinking 10
Power Process: Risk being a fool
Master Student Profile: Kat James
11. Health
Thinking about health
Journal Entry 31: Discovery/Intention Statement
Take care of your machine
Your machine: Fuel it
Prevent and treat eating disorders
Your machine: Move it
Your machine: Rest it
Your machine: Observe it
Journal Entry 32: Discovery/Intention Statement
Your machine: Protect it
Journal Entry 33: Intention Statement
Men, consider your health
The experts recommend--seven dietary guidelines
Mastering Technology: Finding health information on the Internet
Journal Entry 34: Discovery Statement
Developing self-esteem
Emotional pain is not a sickness
Suicide is no solution
Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: The truth
Exercise 30: Addiction: how do I know...?
Some facts...
From addiction to recovery
Succeed in quitting smoking
Practicing Critical Thinking 11
Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health
Journal Entry 35: Discovery/Intention Statement
Crazed glazed donut runs amok
Power Process: Surrender
Master Student Profile: Christopher Reeve
12. What's Next?
Now that you're done--begin
Journal Entry 36: Discovery/Intention Statement
"...use the following suggestions to continue..."
Exercise 31: Do something you can't
Create your career now
Exercise 32: Create your career plan--now
Exercise 33: Recognize your skills
Jumpstart your education with transferable skills
25 transferable skills
Use the SCANS reports to discover your skills
Use résumés and interviews to "hire" an employer
Mastering Technology: Websites for job hunters
Creating and using portfolios
Choosing schools...again
Contributing: The art of selfishness
Service learning: The art of learning by contributing
Practicing Critical Thinking 12
Define your values; align your actions
Exercise 34: The discovery wheel--coming full circle
Journal Entry 37: Discovery/Intention Statement
Exercise 35: This book shouts, "Use me!"
Exercise 36: Create your next semester
Power Process: Be it
Master Student Profile: Vera Wang