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Overview

The concise version of this best-selling text accommodates shorter courses while still offering the key elements of the complete text by combining topics, and streamlining articles and activities.

  • Explanation and terms in the Learning Style Inventory have been simplified for clarity and ease of use.
  • A resources chapter focuses on financial strategies, community resources, and computer resources. In addition, a new article, "Don't Let Debt Bring You Down," offers suggestions on preventing credit card debt and paying student loans.
  • A significantly shorter format (10 chapters) makes the Concise suitable for 0, 1, and 2 credit courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395675229
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6

Meet the Author

David B. Ellis is the author of several books, including North America's best-selling college textbook, Becoming a Master Student, which has been translated into French and Spanish. This book is designed to promote student success inside and outside of the classroom. Ellis is also a nationally known lecturer and workshop leader. Over the past 16 years he has facilitated workshops on topics ranging from becoming a more effective college instructor to creating individual life plans. These workshops have attracted more than 10,000 people. He is the founder and past president of College Survival, Inc. Ellis has taught computer programming at the college level. He also counseled college students and worked as an assistant dean of student services. Ellis has founded a nonprofit foundation (The People's Fund) and is currently involved in facilitating think tanks and workshops designed to invent new human effectiveness strategies and ways to communicate them.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Note: Each chapter contains a Quiz and a Learning Styles Application.

  • 1. First Steps
    First Step: Truth is a key to mastery
    The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System
    Seven Discovery & Intention Statement guidelines
    Learning Styles: Discovering how you learn
    Using your learning style profile to succeed in school
    Claim your multiple intelligences
    The Master Student
    The value of higher education
    Creating and using portfolios
    Power Process: Ideas are tools
    Master Student: Suny Urrutia Moore
    • 2. Time
      You've got the time
      The ABC daily to-do's (or working your A's off)
      Strategies for scheduling
      The seven-day antiprocrastination plan
      7 more ways to stop procrastination
      25 ways to get the most out of now
      Planning sets you free
      Time-management for right-brained people
      Strategies for long-term planning
      Ways to change a habit
      Motivation or "I'm just not in the mood"
      Power Process: Be here now
      Master Student: Malcolm X
      • 3. Memory
        You never forget
        The memory jungle
        20 memory techniques
        Remembering names
        Mnemonic devices
        Notable failures
        Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers)
        Master Student: Fred Smith
        • 4. Reading
          Muscle Reading
          How Muscle Reading works
          Read with a dictionary in your lap
          When reading is tough
          Reading fast
          English as a second language
          Reading with children underfoot
          Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go
          Master Student: Helen Keller
          • 5. Notes
            The note-taking process flows
            Observe
            Record
            Review
            Create yourinstructor
            When your instructor talks fast
            Taking notes while reading
            Power Process: I create it all
            Master Student: Raul Julia
            • 6. Tests
              Disarm tests
              What to do before the test
              What to do during the test
              Cooperative learning: Studying with people
              Words to watch for in essay questions
              Integrity in test taking
              Ways to predict test questions
              Let go of test anxiety
              Overcoming math and science anxiety
              Taking Math & Science tests
              8 reasons to celebrate mistakes
              Power Process: Detach
              Master Student: Barbara Jordan
              • 7. Thinking
                Critical thinking: A survival skill
                Finding "aha!"
                Techniques for creative thinking
                Becoming a critical thinker
                Uncovering assumptions
                Ways to fool yourself
                Gaining skill at decision making and problem solving
                Thinking critically about information on the Internet
                Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health
                "But I don't know what I want to do"
                Solving math and science problems
                Power Process: Find a bigger problem
                Master Student: Isabel Allende
                • 8. Communicating and Diversity
                  The communication loop
                  The communication loop: Listening
                  The communication loop: Sending
                  The fine art of conflict management
                  Relationships can work
                  Relationships change
                  Power writing—Three phases in finishing your next paper
                  Giving credit where credit is due: Avoiding the high cost of plagiarism
                  Writing and delivering speeches
                  Living with diversity
                  Diversity is real—and valuable
                  Communicating across cultures
                  The art of reentry
                  Adapting to the culture of higher education
                  Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment
                  We are all leaders
                  Power Process: Employ your word
                  Master Student: Ron Brown
                  • 9. Resources
                    Supercharge your education
                    Connect to school resources
                    Connect to community resources
                    Students with disabilities: Ask for what you want
                    The source of money problems (and a simple solution)
                    Education's worth it...and you can pay for it
                    Take charge of your credit card
                    Seventeen places to find money
                    We live like royalty
                    Connect to cyberspace
                    Finding what you want on the Internet
                    Using computers to manage ideas and information
                    Library: The buried treasure
                    Take care of your machine
                    Emotional pain is not a sickness
                    Alcohol, tobacco & drugs
                    Seeing the full scope of addiction
                    Some facts...
                    Power Process: Surrender
                    Master Student: Christopher Reeve
                    • 10. What Next?
                      Now that you're done—begin
                      "...use the following suggestions to continue..."
                      Attitudes, affirmations & visualizations
                      Changing schools
                      Getting the most from distance learning
                      Career planning: Begin now
                      Job skills for the new millennium
                      Link to the world of work
                      Contributing: The art of selfishness
                      Service learning: The art of learning from contributing
                      Power Process: Be it
                      One set of values
                      Master Student: Cesar Chavez
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