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The text is designed for use in study skills or strategies courses in which instructors want a strong focus on helping students become active, independent learners.
Active Learning is unique because it teaches students about how their characteristics as a learner, their knowledge of the task, the materials to be learned, and their strategies for learning interact to influence academic success in college. Text topics include: motivation, time management, finding and using campus resources, dealing with professors, active learning strategies, test taking strategies, and rehearsal strategies. It takes a hands-on approach to learning new strategies for academic success. Each chapter contains a Research into Practice section, which translates studying and learning research into practices that will benefit the college student. Scenarios in each chapter present students with situations they can identify with and asks them to recognize and solve study problems. Students have ample opportunity for self-evaluation, critical thinking, and practice.
I.AN INTRODUCTION TO ACTIVE LEARNING.
1.Now That You're Here.
How Does College Differ from High School?
What Special Situations Can You Expect to Encounter in College, Sooner or Later?
Real College: Wanda's Woes.
2.Active Learning: What's In It for You?
What Do Active Learners Do?
Benefits of Active Learning.
The Holistic Nature of Active Learning.
Real College: Roberto's Realization.
3.Factors That Impact Learning.
Four Factors That Influence Learning.
Real College: Malcolm's Malingering.
II.CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LEARNER.
4.Getting Organized: Managing Yourself and Your Time.
Managing Your Time.
Creating a Schedule You Can Live With.
Evaluating Your Schedule.
Planning for Midterms and Finals.
Real College: Janice's Jam.
5.Academic Energy: Motivation and Goal Setting.
What Motivates People?
Real College: Keisha Knuckles Down.
6.Changing Attitudes and Interest.
Maintaining a Positive Attitude.
Real College: Martin's Misery.
7.Just What Do You Believe Anyway?
The Five Components of Beliefs That Influence Learning.
Changing Your Beliefs.
Real College: College Knowledge.
8.Dealing with Stress.
Sources of Stress.
Strategies for Reducing Stress.
Tips for Reducing Academic Stress.
Real College: Andrea's Anxiety.
III.IDENTIFYING THE TASK.
9.Interacting with Your Professors.
What Is a Professor?
General Tips about Interacting with Professors.
Talking with Your Professors.
Real College: Marsha's Mistake.
10.What Is It I'm Supposed to Do, Anyhow?
What Is a Task?
How Can You Get Information about the Task?
Real College: Tina's Task.
11.Take Note! Lectures: A Different Kind of Text.
The Importance and Characteristics of Good Lecture Notes.
Taking Good Lecture Notes.
Annotating and Self-Testing after Note Taking.
Real College: Chad's Challenge.
IV.IDENTIFYING THE STRATEGIES.
12.Gearing Up: Prereading Strategies.
Strategies for Gearing Up.
Gearing Up for Class.
Real College: Stan's Strategies.
13.Staying Active During Reading.
Put Away Your Highlighters.
Make a Note of It.
Some Common Concerns about Annotation.
Real College: Hillary's Highlighter.
14.Rehearsing after Reading: The Actor in You:
Written Rehearsal Strategies.
Verbal Rehearsal Strategies.
Real College: Conrad's Confusion.
15.Reviewing Strategies: Hanging in There.
The Nuts and Bolts of Reviewing.
Forming Study Groups.
Improving Your Memory through Reviewing.
Real College: Enrico's Excuses.
V.CHARACTERISTICS OF TEXTS.
16.Strategy Modification: All Texts (and Courses) Are Not the Same.
Social Science Courses.
17.Becoming Flexible: Varying Your Reading Rate.
Habits That Slow Reading.
Increasing Your Reading Speed.
How Fast Should You Read?
Real College: Rudy's Reading Rate.
VI.PULLING EVERYTHING TOGETHER.
18.Preparing for Objective Exams.
General Test Preparation Strategies.
Preparing for and Taking Objective Exams.
Real College: Terrence's Tactics.
19.Preparing for and Taking Essay and Specialty Exams.
Taking the Essay Test.
A Word about Identification Items.
Real College: Inez's Intentions (Gone Awry)!
20.Winding Down and Summing Up.
Active Learning: The Four Factors Revisited.
Characteristics of the Learner.
Identifying the Task.
Identifying the Strategies.
Characteristics of the Text.
Real College: Paul's Plan.
Appendix A: Excerpt from a Psychology Text—Cognition: Thinking, Deciding, Communicating.
Appendix B: Excerpt from a Biology Text—the Human Nervous System.
Appendix C: Excerpt from a History Text—Technologies of Mass-Production and Destruction.