Effective Study Skills: Maximizing Your Academic Potential

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9780130950611: Effective Study Skills: Maximizing Your Academic Potential

This book focuses on a broad range of effective study strategies that can help readers learn to their maximum potential. It emphasizes that a one must know what to do when confronting problems with comprehension, memory, concentration, test preparation, or any other type of information processing, and acknowledging that specific strategies for developing such skills will differ according to each person's individual learning style and training it offers presentations and activities in many different modalities. Features a comprehensive, yet informal, learning styles inventory covering the various modalities and such learning preferences as study environment, organizational preferences, and peak periods of concentration. Offers complete coverage of critical reading and analytical thinking strategies. Explores the full range of skills needed for studying, processing text and lecture material, recalling the material, and performing effectively on tests. In addition, the book utilizes a diverse collection of reading selections complete with high-level, critical thinking questions. For individuals seeking to improve their study skills. Professionals in training/continuing education programs, teachers, and students will find this a useful tool for successfully "sharpening" their learning ability.

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About the Author:

Judy Roberts received her A. B. degree in English from West Georgia College, her M. Ed. degree in education from Georgia State University, and her Ed. D. in reading from the University of Miami. She has taught developmental reading and study skills courses at five colleges and universities in Florida and Kentucky. Prior to beginning a career in college teaching, she taught far sixteen years in the public school systems of Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky.

She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Kentucky Association of Developmental Education. She maintains the belief that all students can become more successful after being taught some basic metacognitive strategies, which can be applied to all of their college courses.

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Research has revealed that a major difference between the successful and the unsuccessful student is the use of metacognitive strategies. The ~ good student knows what to do when confronting problems with comprehension, memory, concentration, test preparation, or any other type of information processing. Strategies used will differ according to learning styles and training, but there will be strategies. Any successful instructor of study skills methods believes that study strategies can be taught, enabling all students to learn to their maximum potential. First-year college students enrolled in reading and study skills classes have frequently remarked that study skills should have been taught to them in high school, or earlier.

Although the various study skills books have been very helpful to the majority of students, several features would improve and update these books. The purpose of the added or improved features in this book is to create a textbook that will be more inclusive of the diverse college population and will address students of all learning styles, ages, and backgrounds. The text also offers to instructors presentations and activities in different modalities so that instruction can be relevant to all students. In addition, this textbook addresses the needs of both the traditional and the nontraditional student.

Significant Features

  • Cooperative learning activities for each chapter designed to offer consolidated practice of the skills described in that chapter.
  • Reading selections from a wide variety of college textbooks, complete with higher-level thinking questions.
  • Increased opportunities for students to link reading and study material with prior knowledge and interest.
  • Reading selections pertaining to and written by members of diverse populations.
  • Newspaper and newsmagazine editorials on timely, significant issues of interest to college students.
  • More complete coverage of critical reading and analytical thinking strategies.
  • Opportunities for greater use of academic patterns of organization through training in everyday reading and culminating in academic reading and writing.
  • Special emphasis on college writing through academic patterns of organization.
  • A comprehensive learning styles inventory covering the various modalities and also including such learning preferences as study environment, organizational preferences, and peak periods of concentration.
  • A wide array of graphic illustrations extended to note taking and test preparation.
  • Guidelines for adapting note taking and test preparation to the lecture styles of instructors.

New to This Edition

In an effort to make the textbook more student-friendly, some changes have been made. Each chapter now contains "Students say . . . ," student comments about each skill introduced. Some of the comments concern lack of knowledge of skills, while others are about problems encountered. Another change is the inclusion in every chapter of short passages about students. In the first edition, the time management chapter had three short passages about students who were experiencing various scheduling problems. These passages were well received, and it was suggested that I include brief stories about students in the other chapters as well. All of these stories should help students identify with the problems and solutions contained in the chapters.

The arrangement of chapters now places the skills in these categories: study time, textbook processing, and class performance. I feel that this is a much more reasonable division of essential skills and should be more meaningful to students. Finally, to reflect events that have occurred in the past three years, this edition includes updated articles and reading selections.

To the Student

Effective Study Skills: Maximizing Your Academic Potential, Second Edition, is designed to help you learn and practice skills that will enable you to be successful in your academic courses. In addition to practice provided in the book, you should consistently :practice the reading and study skills while you are attending classes and while studying your textbooks.

Mastering and practicing the strategies in this book can lead to your becoming the best student you can be. Several features of the book will help you comprehend and apply the information.

  • The objectives tell you what you should learn in each chapter. If, at the completion of the chapter, you feel you have not mastered one of the objectives, study that part of the material again or in a different way.
  • The headings and subheadings within each chapter tell you the topic of that section. Practice turning headings into questions. Then read to find the answers.
  • Key terms, some of which may be new to you, appear in bold print. All of the terms are explained, so you should try to learn the new vocabulary. Many examples are provided to clarify new ideas and concepts.
  • Chapter summaries reinforce the major topics of a chapter.
  • An end-of-book glossary of all of the key terms in the book will act as a quick reference tool for you.
  • Opportunities for both individual and group work will reinforce skills learned in the chapters.
  • Reading selections are placed at the end of all chapters to reinforce your skills and aid in your comprehension.

In order to maximize your academic potential and become the best student you can be, you must be willing to work hard. Nothing worth having comes without effort.

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