Keys to Effective Learning: Developing Powerful Habits of Mind

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This book focuses on developing effective learning techniques to help readers excel in school, in their careers, and throughout their lives as lifelong learners. Unlike traditional study skills books, this one emphasizes how people learn effectively by involving them in the active process of mastering their mental abilities and their personal confidence. The authors outline getting ready to learn through self-awareness, goal setting and time management, as well as, critical and creative thinking, targeting success in school through reading and studying, listening and memory, taking notes and test taking, quantitative learning, researching and writing, gathering and communicating ideas, as well as, creating life success. For individuals interested in effective learning techniques.

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Habits of mind can be developed, and Keys to Effective Learning will help you do just that. Each chapter in this text focuses on one habit of mind that will help you reach your potential in school, in your work, and in your personal life.


1.        Persist

2.        Manage Impulsivity

3.        Gather Data Through All the Senses

4.        Question and Pose Problems 

5.        Apply Past Knowledge to New Situations

6.        Listen with Understanding and Empathy 

7.        Think Flexibly

8.        Take Responsible Risks

9.        Strive for Accuracy and Precision

10.        Think and Communicate with Clarity and Precision

11.        Stay Open to Continuous Learning




Instructors using Keys to Effective Learning, Fifth Edition, are eligible to attend, fee-waived, a two-day seminar in July in Denver featuring Dr. Joyce Bishop and Carol Carter. Please sign up in advance by filling out the registration information at Click on Faculty Development.



If you need help thinking through your syllabus, class notes, and strategy, or would like guidance on how to use any of the Prentice Hall package materials, please call Carol Carter toll-free at 877-737-8510.



Most of the photos in this book feature the award-winning photojournalism of The New York Times. For more information on the NYTimes programs for college students and the annual photojournalism contest for students, visit


About the Author:

Carol Carter is founder of Lifebound, a career coaching company that offers individual coaching sessions and seminars for high school students, college students, and career seekers.  She has written and co-authored multiple texts.  She has taught welfare-to-work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars program, and conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country.  Carol is a national college and career expert and is interviewed regularly in print, on the radio, and for television news programs. 


Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than 20 years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000.  For five years she has been voted "favorite teacher" by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor.  She worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities.  Joyce currently teaches on-line and multimedia classes, and trains other faculty within her 21 college district.  In addition, she has co-authored multiple texts and is the lead academic for the Lifelong Learning Telecourse. 


Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development.  She has co-authored several books and has served a Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students.  In this role, she helped facilitate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community.  Sarah has also given workshops on critical thinking.

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