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: Seminars, Coaching and Resources for high school and college students. She has written Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also co-authored 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. Carol has taught classes for high school and college students and has conducted workshops for students and faculty around the country. She has also taught classes for welfare-to-work programs, for Native Americans, and for those making the transition from correctional facilities. 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 more than 40 foreign countries. Please visit her website and write her at

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 currently teaches online and multimedia classes and trains other faculty to teach online in her district and region of 21 colleges. She also co-authored 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 co-authored 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.FA. from Catholic University.

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