For Study Skills, Student Success, and Freshman Seminar courses. This book focuses on developing effective learning techniques to help students excel in school, in their careers, and throughout their lives as lifelong learners. Unlike traditional study skills texts, this one emphasizes how students learn effectively by involving them in the active process of mastering their mental abilities and their personal confidence.
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What Opportunities Does College Provide?
Chapter 1 shows how college presents educational opportunities, resources, support, and tools for success. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss how goals, time management, and learning styles can help you make the most of them.
How Can I Improve My Study Skills?
Your skills in reading and studying, listening and memory, note taking and research, writing, and test taking will get a boost as you read Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. In addition, Chapter 9 tells you what you need to know to succeed in math and science courses.
Why Will Thinking Skills Help Me Succeed?
Thinking skills (Chapter 4) promote success because you are more able to create new ideas and solve school, work, and life problems effectively when you know how your mind works.
What Will Help Me Manage My Personal Life?
Chapter 11 will help you define and refine your relationships with others; Chapter 12 will help you manage your money; and Chapter 13 will offer ideas about how to maintain physical and mental health. Being a successful student means more than just passing your tests.
How Can I Make the Most of My Future?
As you work to plan your career in Chapter 12 and contemplate how to adjust to change, handle failure and success, and live your personal mission in Chapter 13, you will be laying the groundwork of your future success.
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Carol Carter is Vice President, Director of Student Services for the College Learning Network. She has also been Director of Faculty Development at Prentice Hall for the last six years. She has written Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also coauthored Keys to Preparing for College, Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Success. She has taught welfare-to-work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at the Community College of Denver, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. She is the host of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, a 26-episode telecourse to help students at a distance prepare for college, career, and life success. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she has been fortunate enough to have been a guest in 40 foreign countries. Please visit her website at www.caroljcarter.com.
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, CA, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She has 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. She is currently teaching online and multimedia classes, and training other faculty to teach online in her district and region of 21 colleges. She also coauthored Keys to College Studying, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. Joyce is the lead academic of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, distributed by Dallas Telelearning.
Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She coauthored Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills and has served as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In that capacity she helped to formulate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. She has also given faculty workshops in critical thinking, based on the Thinktrix critical-thinking system. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and drama from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and an M.E A. from Catholic University.
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