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College Study: The Essential Ingredients, 2nd edition

Sally Lipsky

Building on the success of the first edition, this revised edition of College Study contains a complete and balanced coverage of essential learning and study techniques, with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving at the college level. Using an active learning approach, this text integrates student behaviors, attitudes, and learning styles focusing on reader choice, application, and assessment of practical strategies. This concept creates an effective, efficient, and individualized system of study that guides students to become self-regulating learners.

New features include:

  • The VARK Questionnaire — an instrument assessing Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinesthetic preferences gives students an immediate assessment of their individual learning styles.
  • Online Learning — addresses strategies regarding attitude and motivation, time management and procrastination, reading, note taking, and test taking within the framework of online learning.
  • Critical Thinking Tasks — provides activities involving critical, creative, and problem-solving thinking skills.
  • Comprehension checks -- provide a reminder and formats for students to check understanding and recall of key content.

College Study now has its own Companion website which contains supplemental activities for readers; problem-solving scenarios centered on topics presented in the text chapters; learning style information and activities; and a course culminating assignment from chapter eight of the text. Instructors also have access to power point presentations for each chapter and sample lesson plans. The site ( can also be accessed through the Student success Supersite ( where students and faculty will find a wise array of resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131585249
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Creating Academic Success.
2. Managing Your Time.
3. Controlling Your Study Environment.
4. Active Listening and Note Taking.
5. Reading and Studying Textbooks.
6. Enhancing Your Memory.
7. Success with Tests.
8. Continuing Your Academic Success: A Review.

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This text contains a complete and balanced coverage of essential learning and study techniques, with an emphasis on critical thinking at the college level. Readers are exposed to how to learn, while understanding why they learn, within the context of making informed choices about strategies that work best for them. After immediate transfer of a specific learning strategy into daily academic life, students critique its effectiveness. Content is presented in such a way as to guide students to become self-regulating learners and problem solvers.


The text integrates three separate yet interrelated elements of how students learn:

  1. Strategies. The text covers important and practical study techniques that students can apply immediately in their daily academic courses.
  2. Attitude. The text provides opportunities for students to explore their levels of interest, motivation, and commitment to transferring learning techniques in their day-to-day lives as college students.
  3. Learning styles. Individual differences in learning preferences and tendencies can help students successfully implement learning and study strategies. As such, readers become aware of and apply techniques that match how they learn best. Two models of learning styles are presented in the text: (I) use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© inventory to determine learning preferences, and (2) use of visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic dimensions of learning.

Additional features of the text include:

  • A streamlined format and an informal, personal writing style that maintain thereader's attention.
  • A focus on modeling the essentials of learning so that readers can readily transfer strategies to content course work. Illustrations of how peers apply specific strategies, in the form of visual examples and students' comments, provide appealing, convincing models.
  • Relevant activities designed to immediately engage readers.
  • An appendix linking results of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) with text chapters. The LASSI is a self-report instrument that assesses college students' use of and attitudes toward learning and study strategies, as defined by 10 scales: attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration, information processing, selecting main ideas, study aids, self-testing, and test strategies. As described in the appendix, each of the 10 scales in the LASSI correlates with topics presented in College Study: The Essential Ingredients.

This text is intended for use in either a two-year or four-year institution within a variety of contexts:

  • A study skills or learning strategies course (likely one or two credits)
  • A skills course "linked" or "paired" with content-area course work
  • An introductory-level content course using a supplemental learning strategies text
  • A first-year orientation program or seminar
  • A series of workshops for first-year students
  • A peer educator training course requiring a college learning strategies text

Furthermore, an Instructor's Manual accompanies the text and includes:

  • Suggestions for how to use text features for in-class activities, including small-group work, collaborative work, journal writing, and group discussion.
  • Problem-solving scenarios centered on topics presented in the text chapters. These scenarios lend themselves to in-class group work that reinforces decision-making skills.
  • Five-point chapter quizzes that provide a modest check of students' comprehension. Instructors may choose to use the quizzes as an extrinsic incentive for students to read assigned chapters.
  • A sample syllabus, including an outline of activities for a one-credit or two-credit college learning skills bourse.
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