BAMS: The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student

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This book is for first year college students, at 2-year, 4-year, and proprietary/career schools.

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"I really enjoyed reading this book. I think it is excellent. What I like most from this book is the realistic connection between the articles, experiments and concepts. I think that most of my students would really connect and interact well with these chapters."

"From the TOC, I would say that this text covers the basic topics many first year students need to help them be successful in college—both academically and personally. Encouraging students to reflect upon these topics and take them seriously will help them get the most out of their college experiences, and will lead to the acquisition of skills that will serve them well for their entire lives."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547192338
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Ellis got started in education in 1976, when he taught junior high school math. After getting a master's degree in mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University, where he became assistant dean of student services. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993. The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student is based on Ellis's best-selling textbook, Becoming a Master Student. He puts into practice the principles he teaches, utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. His friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working toward world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights, and personal transformation. Ellis has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations. You can visit Ellis's website at Dave Ellis resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Part I: DISCOVER…COMMITMENT. Start with the Discovery Wheel. Master Student in the house. Success essentials. Values—the invisible link to success. Commit to Thinking. Attitudes of a Critical Thinker. Critical Thinking Experiment #1: y r u @ school?. Master Students in Action. Commit to Action: Earn back the price of this book—and more. Power Process: Discover what you want. Part II: DISCOVER…YOUR STYLE. Discover the natural learner in you. More views of learning styles. Seeing the cycle of learning in action. You're using the cycle of learning right now. Commit to Action: Explore your learning styles. Critical Thinking Experiment #2: Discover the joy of bafflement. 45 ways to get smart. When learning styles conflict, you have options. Commit to Action: Create value from learning styles. "It's just who I am"—Resolving differences in style. Power Process: Risk being a fool. Part III: DISCOVER…YOUR RESOURCES. Commit to Action: Give your goals some teeth. Seven ways to take back your time. Forget about time management—Just get things done. Commit to Action: Discover where your time goes. Procrastination unplugged. 10 things you can do in 10 minutes (or less). Planning Sets You Free. Health matters. 10 ways to stay healthy in (almost) no time. Commit to Action: Take a fearless look at your health. Put an end to money worries. Use credit cards with care. Critical Thinking Experiment #3: Release money myths. Campus resources—You paid for 'em, so use 'em. Power Process: Be here now. Part IV: DISCOVER…YOUR READING. Question your text. Create outlines from headings. Read for answers. 8 ways to overcome confusion. Review the answers. Deface your book. Critical Thinking Experiment #4: "Yo, author—I don't necessarily agree". Decoding the deadly textbook: Three key strategies. Commit to Action: Five ways to make time for reading. Read across the curriculum. Critical thinking for online reading. Commit to Action: Experiment with active reading. Power Process: Ideas are tools. Part V: DISCOVER…YOUR NOTES. Notes that rock. Notes that rock: Set the stage. Take Effective Notes for Online Learning. Notes that rock: Show up for class. Cope with fast-talking teachers. Critical Thinking Experiment #5: Listen for key points. Notes that rock: Capture key words. Short and sweet—the art of abbreviation. Notes that rock: Predict test questions. Notes that rock: Play with formats. Take Notes While Reading. Notes that rock: Mine your notes for more value. Commit to Action: Transform your note taking. Power Process: Love your problems. Part VI: DISCOVER…YOUR GRADES. Grades: The truth. Be ready for your next test. Seven things to do with your study group. Six R's for remembering. Keep your brain fit for life. Test-taking errors—and ways to avoid them. Critical Thinking Experiment #6: Turn "F" into feedback. Relax—it's just a test. Five myths about test anxiety. Math essentials. Commit to Action: Transform your experience of tests. Power Process: Detach. PART VII: DISCOVER…YOUR VOICE. Your word creates your world. Take the mystery out of thesis statements. Narrowing your topic. Research: Digging for gold Take notes that won't get you into trouble. Writing without tears: Reduce resistance. Write e-mails that people actually read. Commit to Action: Avoid last-minute writing projects. Editing without fear: Revise for scope, structure, and style. Checklist for effective revision. Critical Thinking Experiment #7: Focus on solutions. Take the panic out of public speaking. Three ways to win over your audience. Avoid Power-Pointlessness. Commit to Action: Take the next step in finding your speaking voice. Power Process: Find a bigger problem. Part VIII: DISCOVER…YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. Thriving in a diverse world. Twelve tools for deep listening. Create relationships with integrity. Commit to Action: Practice the art of saying no. Five ways to resolve conflict. Commit to Action: Write an "I" message. Notice your "people pictures"—and let them go. Critical Thinking Experiment #8: Try on a new interpretation. Victory through surrender—Asking for help. Commit to Action: Renew a relationship through gratitude. You are already a leader. Leading high-performance teams [sidebar]. Power Process: Choose your conversations. Part IV: DISCOVER…YOUR FUTURE. Give up the myth of "some day". Discovering the skilled person you already are. 100 transferable skills. Commit to Action: Inventory your skills. Four ways to choose your major. Commit to Action: Declare your major today. Create your career. Commit to Action: Plan your career now. Finding your place in the new world of work. Critical Thinking Experiment #9: Examine beliefs about careers and jobs. The Discovery Wheel, reloaded. Commit to Action: Create your future. Power Process: I create it all.

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