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Overview

The Twelfth Edition of the bestselling Becoming a Master Student continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. Through interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, and hands-on activities that students can apply right away, this text helps students succeed in college and in life. The Twelfth Edition's clean, sophisticated interior design appeals to both traditional students and adult learners. Tools like the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal, Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) deepen students' knowledge of themselves and the world around them.In addition to the traditional print format, the Twelfth Edition offers a new Multimedia version, which brings together all of the tools instructors have come to rely on—such as videos, quizzes, and journal entries—and delivers them in a single, seamless format. Also look for a more concise length; a completely revised Diversity Chapter; a new Money Chapter; additional strategies for choosing a major; Mastering Technology boxes, skillfully connecting each chapter's topic with applicable technology; an updated Communication chapter with new coverage on analyzing your audience and overcoming the fear of public speaking; and expanded coverage of planning for the next semester and for a career in the What's Next chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395713297
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1

Meet the Author

Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, the best-selling college textbook in America, has been published in three languages and is considered core material by college students and faculty alike. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including FALLING AWAKE and CREATING YOUR FUTURE. Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Dave 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 at a college for six years 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. Dave Ellis 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 athttp://www.daveellisleadership.com. Dave Ellis resides in the Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and one granddaughter.

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Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter begins with Master Student Map and ends with Put It to Work, Quiz, and Learning Styles Application. Making Transitions This book is worthless--if you just read it This book is worth $1,000 Exercise 1: Textbook reconnaissance Get the most out of this book Exercise 2: Commitment The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system Rewrite this book Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines Journal Entry 1: Discovery Statement Making the transition to higher education Succeeding in higher education--at any age Connect to resources Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits Link to the world of work Ways to change a habit Journal Entry 2: Discovery Statement Power Process: Discover what you want
1. First Steps First Step: Truth is a key to mastery Journal Entry 3: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise 3: Taking the First Step Exercise 4: The Discovery Wheel Journal Entry 4: Discovery/Intention Statement Mastering Technology: Supplement your text with computer resources Learning Styles: Discovering how you learn Journal Entry 5: Discovery/Intention Statement Using your learning style profile to succeed in school When learning styles conflict, you have options Claim your multiple intelligences Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system The magic of metacognition The Master Student The value of higher education Motivation "I'm just not in the mood" Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations Attitude replacements Exercise 5: Reprogram your attitude Practicing Critical Thinking 1 Master Student Profiles Power Process: Ideas are tools Master Student Profile: Liz Murray
2.Time You've got the time Journal Entry 6: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise 6: The Time Monitor/Time Plan process Setting and achieving goals Journal Entry 7: Discovery Statement Exercise 7: Get real with your goals The ABC daily to-do list Exercise 8: Create a lifeline Mastering Technology: High-tech ways to manage time More strategies for planning Stop procrastination now The seven-day antiprocrastination plan Practicing Critical Thinking 2 25 ways to get the most out of now Keep on going? Remember cultural differences Beyond time management: Stay focused on what matters Forget time management--just get things done Exercise 9: Master monthly calendar Power process: Be here now Master Student Profile: Malcolm X
3. Memory Take your memory out of the closet Journal Entry 8: Discovery/Intention Statement The memory jungle 20 memory techniques Exercise 10: Use Q-Cards to reinforce memory Set a trap for your memory Journal Entry 9: Discovery Statement Exercise 11: Remembering your car keys--or anything else Keep your brain fit for life Remembering names Mnemonic devices Exercise 12: Be a Poet Mastering Technology: Use your computer to enhance memory Notable failures Practicing Critical Thinking 3 Exercise 13: Move from problems to solutions Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers) Master Student Profile: Cesar Chavez
4. Reading Muscle Reading Journal Entry 10: Discovery/Intention Statement How Muscle Reading works Phase one: Before you read Phase two: While you read Five smart ways to highlight a text Phase three: After you read Muscle Reading--a leaner approach Journal Entry 11: Discovery Statement When reading is tough Mastering Technology: Find what you want on the Internet Reading fast Exercise 14: Relax Read with a dictionary in your lap The twenty-first century researcher--using your library English as a second language Reading with children underfoot Practicing Critical Thinking 4 Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go Master Student Profile: Helen Keller
5. Notes The note-taking process flows Journal Entry 12: Discovery/Intention Statement Observe Journal Entry 13: Discovery/Intention Statement What to do when you miss a class Record Review Journal Entry 14: Discovery Statement Improving your handwriting Exercise 15: Consider the impact of handwriting Enroll your instructor in your education Meeting with your instructor When your instructor talks fast Exercise 16: Television note taking Taking notes while reading Exercise 17: Revisit your goals Get to the bones of your book with concept maps Practicing Critical Thinking 5 Becoming an online learner Mastering Technology: Create digital tools for learning Power Process: I create it all Master Student Profile: Craig Kielburger
6. Tests Disarm tests Journal Entry 15: Discovery/Intention Statement What to do before the test How to cram (even though you shouldn't) Ways to predict test questions Cooperative learning: Working in groups Journal Entry 16: Intention Statement What to do during the test F is for feedback, not failure Words to watch for in essay questions The test isn't over until... The high costs of cheating Mastering Technology: Perils of high-tech cheating Let go of test anxiety Have some FUN! Exercise 18: Twenty things I like to do Journal Entry 17 : Discovery/Intention Statement Journal Entry 18: Discovery Statement Getting ready for math tests Succeeding in science courses Journal Entry 19: Discovery/Intention Statement Celebrate mistakes Practicing Critical Thinking 6 Power Process: Detach Master Student Profile: Barbara Jordan
7. Thinking Critical thinking: A survival skill Journal Entry 20: Discovery/Intention Statement Becoming a critical thinker Attitudes of a critical thinker Finding "aha!" Creativity fuels critical thinking Tangram Ways to create ideas Create on your feet Don't fool yourself: Twelve common mistakes in logic Uncovering assumptions Gaining skill at decision making Four ways to solve problems Choosing your major Exercise 19: Make a trial choice of major Asking questions Practicing Critical Thinking 7 Think critically about information on the Internet Mastering Technology: Evaluate search sites Exercise 20: Explore emotional reactions Exercise 21: Translating goals into action Journal Entry 21: Discovery/Intention Statement Power Process: Find a bigger problem Exercise 22: Fix-the-world brainstorm Master Student Profile: Irshad Manji
8. Communicating Communicating creates our world Journal Entry 22: Discovery/Intention Statement Communication--keeping the channels open Exercise 23: Practice sending or receiving Choosing to listen Choosing to speak Journal Entry 23: Discovery/Intention Statement Five ways to say "I" Journal Entry 24: Discovery/Intention Statement Managing conflict Exercise 24: Write an "I" message Resolve conflicts with roommates Five ways to say no...gracefully You deserve compliments Seven steps to effective complaints Criticism really can be constructive Exercise 25: V.I.P.s (Very important persons) Staying safe in cyberspace--joining online communities Three phases of effective writing Phase 1: Getting ready to write Journal Entry 25: Discovery Statement Phase 2: Writing a first draft Phase 3: Revising your draft Mastering Technology: Write e-mail that gets results Academic Integrity: Avoid plagiarism Mastering public speaking Making the grade in group presentations Practicing Critical Thinking 8 Power Process: Employ your word Master Student Profile: Sampson Davis
9. Diversity Waking up to diversity Journal Entry 26: Discovery/Intention Statement Diversity is real--and valuable Building relationships across cultures Exercise 26: Becoming a culture learner Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking Students with disabilities: Know your rights Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment Strategies for nonsexist communication Leadership in a diverse world Journal Entry 27: Discovery/Intention Statement Journal Entry 28: Discovery Statement Practicing Critical Thinking 9 Mastering Technology: The world you live in Power Process: Choose your conversations and your community Master Student Profile: Bayard Rustin
10. Money Three paths to financial freedom Journal Entry 29: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise 27: The Money Monitor/Money Summary Plan Journal Entry 30: Discovery/Intention Statement Make more money Mastering Technology: Protect your money online Spend less money Exercise 28: Show me the money Take charge of your credit Money for the future If you're in trouble... You can pay for school Mastering Technology: Using your computer to manage money Education is worth it Exercise 29: Education by the hour We live like royalty Free fun Practicing Critical Thinking 10 Power Process: Risk being a fool Master Student Profile: Kat James
11. Health Thinking about health Journal Entry 31: Discovery/Intention Statement Take care of your machine Your machine: Fuel it Prevent and treat eating disorders Your machine: Move it Your machine: Rest it Your machine: Observe it Journal Entry 32: Discovery/Intention Statement Your machine: Protect it Journal Entry 33: Intention Statement Men, consider your health The experts recommend--seven dietary guidelines Mastering Technology: Finding health information on the Internet Journal Entry 34: Discovery Statement Developing self-esteem Emotional pain is not a sickness Suicide is no solution Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: The truth Exercise 30: Addiction: how do I know...? Some facts... From addiction to recovery Succeed in quitting smoking Practicing Critical Thinking 11 Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health Journal Entry 35: Discovery/Intention Statement Crazed glazed donut runs amok Power Process: Surrender Master Student Profile: Christopher Reeve
12. What's Next? Now that you're done--begin Journal Entry 36: Discovery/Intention Statement "...use the following suggestions to continue..." Exercise 31: Do something you can't Create your career now Exercise 32: Create your career plan--now Exercise 33: Recognize your skills Jumpstart your education with transferable skills 25 transferable skills Use the SCANS reports to discover your skills Use résumés and interviews to "hire" an employer Mastering Technology: Websites for job hunters Creating and using portfolios Choosing schools...again Contributing: The art of selfishness Service learning: The art of learning by contributing Practicing Critical Thinking 12 Define your values; align your actions Exercise 34: The discovery wheel--coming full circle Journal Entry 37: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise 35: This book shouts, "Use me!" Exercise 36: Create your next semester Power Process: Be it Master Student Profile: Vera Wang
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