College Study: The Essential Ingredients


Uses an active learning approach that focuses on the reader choosing, applying, and assessing practical strategies, with the goal of creating an effective, efficient, and individualized system of study.

College Study exposes readers to how to make informed choices about learning content that is often new, complex, and changing rapidly, especially given the increasing link between technology and learning. Included is the inter-relationship of students? learning behaviors and ...

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Uses an active learning approach that focuses on the reader choosing, applying, and assessing practical strategies, with the goal of creating an effective, efficient, and individualized system of study.

College Study exposes readers to how to make informed choices about learning content that is often new, complex, and changing rapidly, especially given the increasing link between technology and learning. Included is the inter-relationship of students’ learning behaviors and attitudes, with an emphasis on applying multi-modal strategies into daily course work. The text covers the major learning skills topics: academic planning and goal-setting, time management and procrastination, productivity, active listening and note taking, reading and studying, preparing for and taking tests, enhancing learning and memory, reducing worry/anxiety, and online and web-based strategies. The text is written in a streamlined format; with an informal, personal writing style; and engaging activities that maintain the reader’s attention and appeal to today’s college students.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is the book that encourages, through prompts and discussion, critical thinking, self-awareness and reflection about an individual learner’s strengths and challenges with college level study and success.”

--Janet Marie Zupan, University of Montana, Missoula

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132180894
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 522,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Lipsky has a B.S. elementary education from the University of New Mexico, M.Ed. reading education from Texas Southern University, and Ph.D. language communications and adult education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a full professor in the Developmental Studies Department, College of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work has centered on aspects of student learning at the post-secondary level, including college reading and study strategies and peer-to-peer learning.

Sally's publications include:

· A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc., 2011.

· What Every Student Should Know About Reading and Studying the Social Sciences (w/ Hamer, A. B.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010.

· Introduction to Higher Education (w/ Winstead, S.). New York, NY: Pearson Custom Publishing.

· College Study: The Essential Ingredients, 2 e. Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

She is a member of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), and has facilitated numerous professional presentations.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Creating Academic Success 1

Focus Questions 1

Chapter Terms 1

A System of Study: The Essential Ingredients 2

Your Learning Behaviors 2

Your Learning Attitudes 3

Learning Modalities 4

A Path to Success: Personal Action Statements 5

Conclusion 8

Comprehension Check 10

Chapter 2 Managing Your Time 11

Focus Questions 11

Chapter Terms 11

Controlling Your Time: Five Essential Ingredients 12

Use a Weekly Schedule 13

Use a Daily Planner 20

Use a Semester Calendar 21

Balance Academic with Social and Personal Demands 23

Avoid Procrastination and Reduce Stress 25

Personal Action Statement: Applying Time Management Techniques 28

Conclusion 32

Comprehension Check 33

Chapter 3 Maximizing Your Productivity 35

Focus Questions 35

Chapter Terms 35

Maximizing Your Productivity: Three Essential Ingredients 36

Choose a Suitable Location 36

Get Organized: Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity 38

Minimize Distractions and Maximize Concentration 41

Conclusion 47

Comprehension Check 47

Chapter 4 Active Listening and Note Taking 49

Focus Questions 49

Chapter Terms 49

Active Listening: Three Essential Ingredients 50

Prepare Before Class 50

Listen and Take Notes During Class 53

1 Listen Selectively 53

2 Take Concise Notes 54

3 Be Clear 57

4 Be Accurate 58

5 Pay Attention 58

Follow Up After Class 60

Dealing with Difficult Lecturers 64

Conclusion 72

Comprehension Check 73

Chapter 5 Reading and Studying Text Material 75

Focus Questions 75

Chapter Terms 75

Understanding and Remembering: Five Essential Ingredients 76

Preview What's Ahead 79

Get an Overview of the Book 79

Get an Overview of the Chapter or Article 79

Identify Your Purpose 80

Break Up Your Reading 80

Check Your Understanding 81

Create Study Guides 82

Question-and-Answer Study Guide 82

Highlighting-Plus-Marking Study Guide 84

Outlining Study Guide 85

Study Cards 85

Visual Study Guides: Maps, Charts, and Timelines 87

Review Periodically 94

Add or Combine Lecture Material 94

Talk Aloud 94

Anticipate Test Questions 95

Conclusion 98

Comprehension Check 99

Chapter 6 Enhancing Your Learning and Memory 103

Focus Questions 103

Chapter Terms 103

Learning and Memory: Seven Essential Ingredients 104

Get Enough Sleep 104

Study in Small, Regular Blocks of Time 105

Review Soon After Receiving New Information 105

Organize and Categorize Information 106

Study with Others 107

Use Your Senses 108

Associate Ideas 111

Conclusion 114

Comprehension Check 114

Chapter 7 Preparing for Tests 117

Focus Questions 117

Chapter Terms 117

Success with Tests: Be Prepared 118

Keep Up with Academic Work 118

Develop Test Review Guides 118

Rehearse for the Exam 119

Reduce Test Anxiety 123

Do You Have Test Anxiety? 123

Change How You Think About the Test 126

Change How You React Physically to a Test 127

Desensitize Yourself 129

Conclusion 135

Comprehension Check 135

Chapter 8 Taking Tests 137

Focus Question 137

Chapter Terms 137

Taking Tests: Two Essential Ingredients 138

Develop Test-Wiseness 138

Use a Five-Step Course of Action 138

Watch for Key Words 140

Look for Qualifying Words 140

Practice Multiple-Choice Questions 141

Practice Essay Questions 148

Review the Test 151

Conclusion 152

Comprehension Check 154

Chapter 9 Continuing Your Academic Success: A Review 155

Focus Question 155

Chapter Term 155

Your Personal Action Plan 156

Conclusion 158

Index 159

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