College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner / Edition 6

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This comprehensive text/workbook focuses on getting students actively involved in the learning process, and in learning how to learn. Rather than presenting one prescriptive approach, students take a learning style inventory and are then exposed to strategies that complement their personal learning styles.
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Editorial Reviews

This text provides a step-by-step approach to college study skills, offering strategies for different types of learners and different types of courses. Excerpts from college textbooks in many disciplines help students practice new skills, and some 100 examples show how other students have used the strategies. Self-evaluation activities are included. This fourth edition features a method for students to assess their own learning styles, new material on test taking and overcoming math anxiety, and new key terms and chapter review questions. Van Blerkom is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"College Study Skills is a solid, fundamental text on college learning and study strategies that covers the basic tools needed for college course work." — Dee Allen Goedeke , High Point University

"I would highly recommend [College Study Skills]. It is easy for the students to follow and the in-class exercises make the class fun and interesting to the students." — Bonnie R. Jones, Globe Institute of Technology

"Dianna Van Blerkom's text is an important addition to books in this genre with its personal message to students…The meta-cognitive approach of College Study Skills encourages student self appraisal through journal entries and the Where are You Now? Quizzes while the practical study strategy applications will lead to student success in any content area course a student takes." — Ruth M. Sawyers, Saginaw Valley State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413033366
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianna L. Van Blerkom is an experienced author and educator. She is an assistant professor in the Academic Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and previously served as the director. She also has published numerous articles and textbooks, including COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS: BECOMING A STRATEGIC LEARNER, TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE SUCCESS, and COLLEGE READING AND STUDY STRATEGIES with co-author Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Adjusting to College 1
Ch. 2 Setting Goals 17
Ch. 3 Managing Your Time 35
Ch. 4 Improving Concentration 71
Ch. 5 Taking Lecture Notes 105
Ch. 6 Reading Your Textbook 143
Ch. 7 Marking Your Textbook 167
Ch. 8 Taking Text Notes 205
Ch. 9 Preparing for Exams 247
Ch. 10 Improving Memory 289
Ch. 11 Taking Objective Tests 325
Ch. 12 Preparing for Essay Tests 361
Ch. 13 Taking Essay Tests 389
Ch. 14 Preparing for Final Exams 421
Index 447
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