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College Success Strategies - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0321332189

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ISBN13: 978-0321332189
ISBN10: 0321332180
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2006
International: No

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College Success Strategies - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0321332189

Sherrie Nist and Jodi Patrick Holschuh

ISBN13: 978-0321332189
ISBN10: 0321332180
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The concise and affordable Penguin Academic Edition of College Success Strategies, 2/e, teaches students the skills and strategies that will enable them to be lifelong learners capable of knowing how to approach new and challenging material in college and beyond.

Although the first priority of College Success Strategies is to help students learn effectively in their college courses, the skills they learn from this text will serve them well in the future in a variety of learning situations. College Success Strategies is designed to engage students in thought about their own learning and the important role they play in the learning process.

Because effective learning is a complex process, the authors have based College Success Strategies on the idea that there are four key factors that must interact for learning to occur: 1.) The characteristics of the learner (motivation, interest, beliefs, etc); 2.) The tasks that students are asked to do (both the level of thinking required and type of assessment); 3.) The strategies that students must use (previewing, annotation, mapping, etc); and 4.) The characteristics of the texts with which students interact (textbooks, lecture, internet, and other sources of information).

The strategies used in this book are based on the authors' many years of experience interacting with college students and professors, as well as their own research focusing on how college students study. Students are often unprepared for the study demands of college and therefore overwhelmed and frustrated with the work. It takes more than just a few simple tips for a student to succeed academically and this book is designed to help students obtain lifelong methods and strategies to achieve success in college and beyond.

Features

  • Affordable quality is the hallmark feature of the Penguin Academic Series. A compact, trade-format size and streamlined narrative makes this book both easy to handle and easy to read. Its brevity and low cost allows instructors to easily supplement the basic text with other books, including those on the list of Penguin titles offered at a deep discount as part of the Longman/Penguin Program.
  • ''Real College'' scenarios provide opportunities for students to reflect on what they've learned by reading and responding to a scenario of a student experiencing an academic difficulty related to each chapter topic. Instructors can use the scenarios to assess student learning.
  • ''Success at a Glance'' visually depicts important information in graphs and charts.
  • ''Self Evaluation'' quizzes in each chapter allow students to assess themselves and reflect on their own learning before reading about a topic. This helps students relate the content to their own lives.
  • ''Networking'' features discuss a variety of ways to use technology to learn. Some are activities students can do and others are suggestions for incorporating technology to enhance learning.
  • ''Studying Smarter'' feature provides quick and easy tips or inspirational quotations for students to get a jump on their learning and studying.
  • ''Thinking critically'' feature provides topics for class discussion about the strategies and ideas presented in each chapter. Instructors can use these questions as a part of the class, or students may use them to review and reflect on the concepts presented in the chapter.

Table of Contents

I. WELCOME TO COLLEGE SUCCESS STRATEGIES.

1. Now That You're Here.

How Does College Differ from High School?
What Special Situations Can You Expect to Encounter in College, Sooner or Later?
Real College: Wanda's Woes.
Thinking Critically.
Add to your Portfolio.

2. Active Learning: What's in It for You?

What Do Active Learners Do?
Benefits of Active Learning.
Four Factors That Influence Learning.
The Holistic Nature of Active Learning.
Real College: Malcolm's Malingering.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

3. How You Learn.

The Role of Memory: Two Theories.
Stretching Your Memory.
The Role of Learning Styles.
Using Your Senses to Learn.
Real College: Leo's Learning Style.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

4. Interacting with Your Professors.

What Is a Professor?
Some General Tips About Interacting with Professors.
Talking with Your Professors.
Real College: Marsha's Mistake.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

5. What Is It I'm Supposed to Do, Anyhow?

What Is a Task?
How Can You Get Information About the Task?
Technology in College Classrooms.
Real College: Tina's Task.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

II. SELF MANAGEMENT: YOUR LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS.

6. Getting Organized: Managing Yourself and Your Time.

Managing Yourself.
Managing Your Time.
Creating a Schedule You Can Live With.
Planning for Midterms and Finals.
Real College: Janice's Jam.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

7. Academic Energy: Motivation, Attitudes and Interests.

What Influences Motivation?
What Motivates People?
Staying Motivated.
Changing Attitudes and Interests.
Maintaining a Positive Attitude.
The Role of Interests.
Real College: Martin's Misery.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

8. Just What Do You Believe Anyway?

The Five Components of Beliefs that Influence Learning.
Changing Your Beliefs.
Evaluating Internet Information.
Real College: College Knowledge.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

9. Dealing with Stress.

Sources of Stress.
Strategies for Reducing Stress.
Academic Stress: Anxieties.
Three Tips for Reducing Academic Stress.
Real College: Andrea's Anxiety.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

III. STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE LEARNING.

History Chapter.
Psychology Chapter.

10. PREREADING STRATEGIES.

Gearing Up for Reading.
Success at a Glance.
Real College: Fast Frank.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

11. STRATEGIC READING.

Reading Done ''Write'': Staying Active During Reading.
What is Annotation?
What Types of Information Should you Annotate?
Studying Your Annotations.
Annotation Pitfalls.
Some Common Concerns About Annotations.
Real College: Hillary's Highlighter.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

12. Rehearsing After Reading.

What Is Rehearsal?
Why is Rehearsal Important?
Written and Verbal Rehearsal Strategies.
Strategy Selection.
Real College: Conrad's Confusion.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

13. REVIEWING STRATEGIES.

Reviewing.
Real College: Enrico's Excuses.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

14. Take Note! Lectures: A Different Kind of Text.

The Importance and Characteristics of Good Lecture Notes.
Getting Ready to Take Notes.
Taking Good Lecture Notes.
Annotating and Self-Testing After Note-Taking.
Note-Taking Myths.
Real College: Chad's Challenge.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

15. Strategies Across the Disciplines.

Textbook Characteristics.
Using Technology to Study.
Real College: Caroline's Courses.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

16. Becoming Flexible: Varying Your Reading Rate.

Flexible Reading.
Habits That Slow Reading Down.
Increasing Your Reading Speed.
How Fast Should You Read?
Real College: Rudy's Reading Rate.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

IV. PREPARING FOR YOUR COLLEGE EXAMS.

17. Preparing for Objective Exams.

General Test Preparation Strategies.
Preparing for and Taking Objective Exams.
Real College: Teddy's Tactics.
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

18. Preparing for and Taking Essay Exams and Specialty Exams.

PORPE.
Taking the Essay Exam.
A Word About Identification Items.
Specialized Exams.
Open Book Exams.
Take Home Exams.
Real College: Iris's Intentions (Gone Awry!).
Thinking Critically: Something to Think About and Discuss.
Add to your Portfolio.

Appendix.

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