College Reading and Study Skills / Edition 12

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Overview

College Reading and Study Skills teaches reading, critical thinking and study skills for today’s diverse students, encouraging them to apply these integrated skill sets to their coursework and future academic success.

Kathleen McWhorter wrote College Reading and Study Skills, primarily, for courses that are half reading, half study skills. Emphasizing comprehension and metacognition, College Reading and Study Skills approaches reading and study skills as essential skills necessary for college success. The text focuses on reading and learning as a cognitive process, encouraging students to approach reading as an active mental process of selecting, processing, and organizing information to be learned.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205213023
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 74,617
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen T. McWhorter Niagara County Community College KATHLEEN T. MCWHORTER has taught reading and writing courses for over 30 years at Niagara County Community College. Her many titles provide various and flexible approaches to teaching reading and writing strategies that accommodate a range of learning and teaching styles.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Building a Foundation for Academic Success

Success Workshops:

1. Learn Everything You Can in the First Week

2. Learn About and Use Campus Resources4

3. Use College Textbooks

Chapter 1 Setting Goals and Managing Your Time6

Why Set Goals and Manage Your Time?

Establishing Your Goals and Priorities

Analyzing Your Time Commitments

Building a Term Plan

Building Your Weekly Schedule

Time-Saving Tips for Students with Busy Schedules

Fighting the Tendency to Procrastinate

Using College Textbooks: Keeping Up with Reading Assignments

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 2 Learning Style and Learning Strategies

Why Analyze Your Learning Style?

Analyzing Your Learning Style

Developing an Action Plan for Learning

Understanding Your Instructors’ Teaching Styles

Meeting Your Instructors’ Expectations

Developing Active Learning Strategies

Thinking Critically

Using College Textbooks: Considering Your Learning Style

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 3 Improving Learning and Memory

Why Improve Your Learning and Memory Techniques?

Forgetting

An Overview of the Learning and Memory Process

Learning Strategies

Review

Using College Textbooks: Deciding What to Learn in Textbooks

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 4 Taking Notes in Class

Why Take Notes in Class?

Sharpening Your Listening Skills

Preparing for a Lecture Class

How to Take Lecture Notes

How to Edit Your Notes

How to Study Your Notes

Using College Textbooks: Taking Notes on Textbook Readings

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 5 Communicating in the Classroom

Why Communicate with Classmates?

Listening Critically

Asking and Answering Questions

Participating in Class Discussions

Working on Class Activities

Making Oral Presentations

Communicating with Your Professor

Using College Textbooks: Preparing for Class Discussions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Part Two: Reading and Thinking Critically

Success Workshops

4. Read and Think Visually

5. Manage Your Electronic Life

Chapter 6 Active Reading Strategies

Why Become an Active Reader?

Prereading and Predicting

Discovering What You Already Know

Defining Your Purposes for Reading

Checking Your Comprehension

Strengthening Your Comprehension

Using College Textbooks: Reading Difficult Textbooks

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 7 Understanding Paragraphs

Why Study Paragraphs?

Three Essential Elements of a Paragraph

How to Identify the Topic

How to Find the Main Idea

Where to Find the Topic Sentence

Recognizing Details

Transitions

Unstated Main Ideas

Using College Textbooks: Locating Main Ideas in Textbooks

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 8 Following Thought Patterns

Why Learn About Thought Patterns?

The Organization of Textbook Chapters

Types of Supporting Information

Recognizing Organizational Patterns

Using College Textbooks: Identifying Patterns in Textbooks

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 9 Evaluating the Author’s Message

Why Learn to Evaluate What the Author Says?

Make Inferences as You Read

Evaluate the Source Publication

Examine the Author’s Qualifications

Distinguish Between Fact and Opinion

Identify the Author’s Purpose

Be Alert for Bias20

Analyze the Author’s Tone

Analyze Arguments

Evaluate the Data and Evidence

Using College Textbooks: Critical Thinking Questions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 10 Evaluating Author’s Techniques

Why Evaluate Author's Techniques?

Pay Attention to Connotative Language

Examine Figurative Language

Watch for Missing Information

Be Alert for Generalizations

Examine the Author’s Assumptions

Watch for Manipulative Language

Using College Textbooks: Critical Thinking Boxes

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 11 Using Context and Word Parts

Why Learn to Use Context and Word Parts?

A Strategy for Learning Unfamiliar Words

Using Context Clues

Analyzing Word Parts

Using College Textbooks: Locating Word Meanings

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 12 Expanding Your Vocabulary

Why Expand Your Vocabulary?

General Approaches to Vocabulary Expansion

Using Reference Sources

Using the Dictionary

Learning Specialized Terminology

Systems of Learning Vocabulary

Using College Textbooks: Learning Specialized Language

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 13 Reading Graphics and Evaluating Visual and Online Sources

Why Learn to Read Graphics and Online Sources?

Reading Graphics

Types of Graphics

Reading Online Text

Developing New Ways of Thinking and Reading

Evaluating Internet Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Using College Textbooks: Finding Implied Main Ideas in Visuals

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 14 Reading Other Academic Sources

Why Learn to Read Other Academic Sources?

Beyond Textbooks: Other Kinds of Academic Sources

Periodicals: Magazines and Scholarly Journals

Nonfiction and Scholarly Books

How to Read Academic Sources

Evaluating Academic Sources

Using College Textbooks: Adapting Your Learning Style

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Part Three: Reading Textbook Chapters and Assignments

Success Workshops

6. Communicate and Network with Other Students

7. Strengthen Your Concentrations

Chapter 15 Textbook Highlighting and Marking38

Why Learn to Highlight and Mark Your Textbooks?

The Challenge of Textbook Review

How to Highlight Textbooks

Aspects of Effective Highlighting

Marking a Textbook

Using College Textbooks: Knowing What is Important

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 16 Methods of Organizing Information

Why Organize Information from Your Textbooks?

Organizing by Outlining

Summarizing: Condensing Ideas

Mapping: A Visual Means of Organizing Ideas

Using College Textbooks: Using Chapter Summaries

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Part Four: Strategies for Academic Achievement

Success Workshops

8. Polish Your Academic Image

9. Stay Healthy and Manage Stress

Chapter 17 Study and Review Strategies

Why Learn Review Strategies?

Paraphrasing

A Classic System: SQ3R

Adapting and Revising the SQ3R System

Adapting Your System for Different Academic Disciplines

Using College Textbooks: Adapting SQ3R

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 18 Preparing for Exams

Why Learn to Prepare for Exams?

Organizing Your Study and Review

Identifying What to Study

Analyzing and Synthesizing Information

Learning and Memorizing

Using College Textbooks: Using Self-Test Questions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 19 Taking Exams

Why Learn to Take Exams?

General Suggestions for Taking Exams

Hints for Taking Objective Exams

Hints for Taking Standardized Tests

Hints for Taking Essay Exams

Controlling Test Anxiety

Using College Textbooks: Using Headings to Create Practice Tests

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Chapter 20 Improving Your Reading Rate and Flexibility

Why Learn to Improve Your Reading Rate?

Building Your Reading Rate

Developing Your Reading Flexibility

Using College Textbooks: Varying Your Reading Rate

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

Discussing the Chapter

Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

Part Five: Thematic Readings

Theme A Body Adornment

Communication Through Body Adornment

Tribal Identity Through Body Art

Tattoos Honor Marines Killed in Iraq and Help the Survivors

Making Connections • What Do You Think?

Theme B Controversies in Science: Genetics

You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food

Human Genetic Engineering

Medicine’s Cutting Edge: Re-growing Organs

Making Connections • What Do You Think?

Theme C Technology and the Internet

Blogs and Democratization

Getting Found Out, Web 2.0 Style

The Impact of the Internet on Thinking

Making Connections • What Do You Think?

Part Six: Sample Textbook Chapter

Emotion and Motivation

Credits

Index

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