Summary: The Fifth Edition of Developing Textbook Thinking continues to guide mid-to-high level developmental students through a series of highly successful strategies based on the authors own BCA system. A four-step process, BCA represents Before Reading, Staying Connected During Reading, and After Reading--Studying and Reviewing.
Students learn and practice specific strategies for each of the four steps such as mapping, compare/contrast charting, creating time lin...show morees, outlining, and making a study guide for review. General strategies for reading and studying are taught in the context of the BCA system, including how to find the main idea, identify supporting details, increase motivation, manage time effectively, and take lecture notes.
New! The appendix now offers a reading from both a chemistry textbook and a computer literacy text. Each of the additional selections represents a different discipline: psychology, history, chemistry, computer literacy, biology, and business.
New! Plugging In activities at the end of most chapters allow students to hone their Internet skills and learn to approach the Web as a learning tool.
In many chapters, A Scenario to Write About and Discuss depicts a studying problem and prompts students to suggest ideas and solutions based on the specific strategies discussed throughout the text.
Application Exercises allow students to practice the strategies on the readings at the end of each chapter and the textbook selections in the appendix, then apply and adapt each of these strategies to textbooks in their other courses.
Nist, Sherrie L. : The University of Georgia, Athens
Diehl, William : The Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning
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I. Understanding College Reading and Studying Demands
1. What You Have to Do
Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment 1: Locating Your Reading Problems Assessment 2: Study-Strategies Inventory Assessment 3: Part I: College Study Demands Assessment 3: Part II: A Scenario to Write About and Discuss The Reading Journal: Becoming More Aware Key Ideas Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Texts) Plugging In Selection from a Magazine: "Blood and Money" Selection from a Magazine: "Prisoner of Pain"
2. Getting Started: The BCA of Successful Study
Introduction: The BCA Before Your Read, Listen, Take Notes, and Study Following Effective Strategies The Basic Strategies Key Ideas A Scenario to Write About and Discuss Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Courses) Plugging In Selection from a Magazine: "I Hate School"
3. Finding the Motivation
Student Attitude and Responsibility Immediate Gratification Versus Delayed Gratification If Necessary, Wipe Out the Past Developing the Big M Key Ideas Two Scenarios to Write About and Discuss Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Courses) Plugging In Selection from a Magazine: "First Born, Later Born, Rebel or Reactionary?" Selection from a Magazine: "For $6,000, You Get a Pencil with the Answers Included"
4. Finding the Time
Self-Discipline Setting Goals Schedules Key Ideas A Scenario to Write About and Discuss Application Exercises (DTT and Your Courses) Critical Thinking Exercise Plugging In
5. Taking Notes from Lectures
The Split-Page Method Types of Lectures Before the Lecture Staying Connected: Listening to Lectures Staying Connected: Taking Notes During the Lecture After the Lecture Modifying the Split-Page Method Application Exercises (DTT or Your Courses) Plugging In
6. Vocabulary Development
Understanding New Words and New Definitions Using Context Using the Dictionary Using Structure Generative Vocabulary Strategies Key Ideas A Scenario to Write About and Discuss Vocabulary Exercises for an Article: "A Colony in the Sky" Selection from a Magazine: "A Colony in the Sky"
7. Flexibility and Efficiency in Studying
Background Knowledge and Interest Characteristics of Textbooks Developing Reading-Rate Fluency and Flexibility Reading Habits that Slow You Down Strategies to Increase Fluency Push Yourself to Read Faster Flexibility Key Ideas A Scenario to Write About and Discuss Application Exercises (DTT) Selection from a Magazine: "The Date Who Rapes" Selection from a Newspaper: "Why Everyone Is so Short-Tempered"
II: Developing the BCA of College Reading and Study Strategies
A Method of Efficient and Effective Study
8. Before You Read
Learning Principles Before Reading Set Goals and Begin to Formulate Test Questions Selection from a Magazine: "Born Happy?" Key Ideas Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Texts) Plugging In Selection from a Newspaper: "Measuring the Shape We're In" Selection from a Magazine (Annotated): "Born Happy?"
9. Staying Connected During Reading
Learning Principles Being Selective Key Ideas Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Text) Plugging In Selection from a Chemistry Text (Annotated): "Matter and Energy" Selection from a Psychology Text Selection from a History Text (Annotated): "The New Frontier" Selection from a Psychology Text: "The Psychology of Memory"
Learning Principles Reviewing The PLAE Model Key Ideas Application Exercises (DTT) Application Exercises (Your Texts) PLAE Model Exercise Plugging In
12. Pulling Everything Together: Preparing for Examinations
General Preparation Guidelines Know the Academic Task Tips on Reviewing for an Exam Objective Tests Essay Tests Test Anxiety Key Ideas Two Scenarios to Think about and Discuss Application Exercise (DTT) Application Exercise (Your Courses) Plugging In
Appendix: Selections from a Variety of Texts Selection from a Psychology Text: "The Psychology of Memory" Selection from a History Text: "Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960-68" Selection from a Chemistry Text: "Matter and Energy, Atoms and Molecules" Selection from a Writing Text: "Evaluating Sources" Selection from a Biological Science Text: "Genetics: The Science of Inheritance" Selection from a Business Text: "Information Systems and Marketing Research"
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