Keys to Effective Learning: Study Skills and Habits for Success (6th Edition)

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9780137007509: Keys to Effective Learning: Study Skills and Habits for Success (6th Edition)

This text is geared to students who are academically underprepared for college-level studies, especially first-generation and at-risk students.

 

The sixth edition of Keys to Effective Learning text helps students build habits for success and develop the thinking, self-management, and study skills they need to succeed academically. This edition is streamlined to focus more on essential study skills, with greater coverage of memory, studying, reading, and test-taking. It retains its acclaimed simple-to-use Critical and Creative Thinking coverage, and adds relevance by addressing the two greatest barriers to staying in school—time and money management.  Recognizing that the first step in developing the independent thinking skills needed for college-level work is understanding how you think, this revision builds students’ self-awareness in three ways: embedded in-chapter self-assessments, “powerful question” features, and learning preferences grids that asks them to think about how they learn in a variety of situations. The text offers a pre- and post-course assessment.  The Habits for Success theme is now more integrated and practical.  Students assess which habits they’ll need in college and how to form those habits so they have the tools to increase their preparedness, confidence, and commitment to learning.   

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With its focus on core study skills, Keys to Effective Learning helps even the most underprepared student meet the demands of college. This revision has thorough coverage of memory, reading, studying, and test taking, and includes new information on reading across the disciplines, online learning, emotional intelligence, and brain-based learning. New features strengthen academic skills, including case studies and “Test Prep: Start It Now” exercises. The key highlights:

  • Just as the habit of eating “an apple a day” can improve your health, the text’s “Habits for Success” theme helps students improve lifelong learning skills such as persistence (p. 4). 
  • Keys’ hallmark - integrated critical-thinking and learning styles coverage -- gives students skills and strategies that will serve them in college, career, and life. (p. 54 and p. 81).
  • A new, early chapter pairs two crucial tools for staying in school – time and money management (Ch 3). 

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If you would like guidance on your syllabus, classroom strategy, or how to use any of the package materials, please e-mail student.success@pearson.com, visit our website at www.carterkeys.com, or call Carol Carter directly at the Keys Hotline toll-free at 877-737-8510. 

 

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About the Author:

Carol Carter was a C student in high school. During her senior year, she got a wake up call when her brother told her that she had intelligence, but she wouldn’t go far in life unless she believed in herself enough to work hard. She began college knowing she was “behind the 8-ball” in terms of her skills. What she lacked in experience, she made up for with elbow grease and persistence. She maximized her strength as an interpersonal and intrapersonal learner. The work paid off and she graduated college with honors and a desire to help other students.

                Carol is committed to helping students turn on their brains, get motivated, and discover their abilities. As President of her own company, LifeBound, she teaches study, interpersonal, and career skills to middle school and high school students in order to help them become competitive in today’s global world. She trains and certifies coaches in academic coaching skills, and focuses on at-risk students with her volunteer teaching at the federal prison and her LifeBound work in the Denver housing projects. “All students are at-risk for something whether it is academic, emotional, social, or economic,” says Carol. “If each of us is allowed to be human and accept our flaws, we can overcome our limitations and be the best for ourselves and others.” 

                Carol also speaks on educational topics nationally and internationally.  Her first book, Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, launched her writing career and opened the door to her work on the Keys to Success series.

 

Joyce Bishop has taught college students for more than twenty years.  After struggling with a learning disability as a student, she focused on her visual and logical-mathematical learning abilities and went on to earn a PhD in psychology. Right now, she is in her dream job as Staff Development Coordinator at Golden West College, while still teaching three classes.  She enjoys training other faculty in effective teaching and learning strategies and also in how to teach online.  For five years Joyce was voted “favorite teacher,” she was Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000, and in 2008 received the Hayward Award, a State Teaching Award.

            Joyce co-founded a program 19 years ago for poor women from abusive backgrounds.  Since that time, the Pathways to Independence non-profit foundation has sent 255 young women to college, and 195 have graduated into gainful employment.  While the young women have come from backgrounds as diverse as prison, extreme poverty, abuse, or psychological disorders, Joyce has been their champion.  One of her Pathways graduates is Valerie, who obtained her degree in nursing and is now working at a major university hospital as a pediatric nurse.  “It is so inspiring to see what these girls do with their lives,” says Joyce, “once they know that they can do anything.”

 

Sarah Lyman Kravits lives the strategies for success she writes about.  As an author and mother of three children aged 10, 8, and 4, she faces the challenges of time management, goal achievement, and fulfilling responsibilities (not to mention eating right and getting enough sleep).  In her writing and research, she works to keep up with technology and the growth of knowledge.  In her relationships with work colleagues all over the country, she strives for integrity, effective communication, productive teamwork and, most of all, flexibility.  Creativity also plays a dominant role.  Along with her husband, an actor and musician, she promotes creative ideas and actions in the home as well as during her writing hours at the computer.

    Unlike Carol and Joyce, Sarah thrived in school from an early age based on her strength in verbal-linguisticand logical-mathematical learning.  A few years after graduating from the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, she worked as program director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students.  This work led her into co-authoring her first student success text and the realization she was driven to empower students to reach their goals.  "Lifelong learning is the essential success skill," says Sarah.  "Learning gives you a chance to go beyond just thinking about your dreams so that you can make them happen."

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