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This text combines practical and immediately applicable skills and critical-thinking strategies with an emphasis on self-discovery, self-management, and self-assessment. Chapters are presented as a continuous narrative to help students make the transition to college-level reading and work. A new chapter, Building Career Skills, includes information on decision-making as it relates to career preparation, and an emphasis on the skills most valued by employers.

  • Revised Thinking Ahead About Career exercises encourage students to apply the concepts they learn in each chapter to real-life situations.
  • The Comprehensive Skill Finder (or Confidence Index) provides a 4-point scale to help students discover which of their skills need further development. Plus workplace skills are marked with an asterisk to indicate a related article on the Career Resource Center Web site.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618333530
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Kanar (Valencia Community College, Emerita) is the author of several Houghton Mifflin writing, reading, and student success texts: Reading and Writing with Confidence, The Reader's Corner, Becoming a Confident Reader, The Confident Reader, and The Confident Student. She also developed Houghton Mifflin's ReadingSpace, a web-based reading assessment program. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has 27 years of teaching experience, 20 of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.
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Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter concludes with "Thinking Ahead about Career," a Chapter Review, and "Your Reflections."

  • 1. Choosing Success in College
    Awareness Check 1: How Well Do You Know Your Campus?
    Form an Academic Support Group
    Computer Confidence: Use Email to Keep in Touch
    Embrace Diversity
    Critical Thinking
    Confidence Builder: How Flexible Are You?
    Know Where to Find Help
    Stay Informed
    Get Involved
    • 2. Motivating Yourself to Learn
      Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses
      Awareness Check 2: What Are Your Strengths/Weaknesses in Basic Skills?
      Confidence Builder: Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory
      Discover and Use Your Learning Style
      Awareness Check 3: What Are Your Sensory Preferences?
      Awareness Check 4: How Does Your Body React?
      Awareness Check 5: What Is Your Locus of Control?
      Critical Thinking
      Adapt to Others' Styles
      Develop Critical Thinking and Study Skills
      • 3. Thinking Critically and Creatively
        Awareness Check 6: Are You a Critical Thinker?
        Examine Your Assumptions
        Make Predictions
        Sharpen Your Interpretations
        Evaluate What You Learn
        Critical Thinking
        Confidence Builder: Thinking Creatively
        • 4. Setting Goals and Solving Problems
          Set Goals for Success in College
          Awareness Check 7: What Are Your Reasons for Attending College?
          Set Reachable Long-Term and Short-Term Goals
          Confidence Builder: How to Develop a Positive Attitude
          Use the COPE Method to Solve Problems
          Critical Thinking
          • 5. Sharpening Your Classroom Skills
            AwarenessCheck 8: How Effective Are Your Classroom Skills?
            Prepare for Class
            Become an Active Listener
            Develop a Personal Note-Taking System
            Awareness Check 9: How Effective are Your Note-Taking Skills?
            Critical Thinking
            Learn to Make Effective Presentations
            Computer Confidence: Use a Computer to Organize Your Notes
            Participate in Class and Group Activities
            Confidence Builder: Interpersonal Skills for College and Career
            • 6. Making the Most of Your Time
              How to GRAB Some Time
              Awareness Check 10: Where Does Your Time Go?
              Scheduling Your Time
              Confidence Builder: Time-Management Tips for Student Athletes
              Awareness Check 11: Are You a Procrastinator?
              Computer Confidence Use the Computer to Save Time
              Awareness Check 12: What Is Your Attitude Toward Studying?
              Critical Thinking
              • 7. Maintaining Your Health and Well-Being
                Health, Well-Being, and Success in College
                Staying Healthy
                Awareness Check 13: Are You Leading a Balanced Life?
                Computer Confidence: Are You Spending Too Much Time on the Net?
                Your Emotions
                Critical Thinking
                Confidence Builder: Emotional Intelligence—Another Way of Being Smart
                Your Interpersonal Skills
                Making Friends
                Your Sexuality
                • 8. Creating Your Study System
                  Awareness Check 14: Are You Using Your Textbooks Efficiently?
                  SQ3R: The Basic System
                  Computer Confidence: Survey to Save Time on the Net
                  Confidence Builder: Be Proactive about Studying
                  Critical Thinking
                  Devising Your Study System
                  • 9. Organizing Information for Study
                    Awareness Check 15: How Well Do You Organize Information for Study?
                    Confidence Builder: Attitudes for Study
                    Concept or Information Maps
                    Comparison Charts
                    Time Lines
                    Process Diagrams
                    Informal Outlines
                    Branching Diagrams
                    Computer Confidence: Using a Computer to Make Study Guides
                    Critical Thinking
                    • 10. Controlling Your Concentration
                      Awareness Check 16: What Causes Poor Concentration?
                      Eliminate Distractions
                      Critical Thinking
                      Eliminate Other Causes of Poor Concentration
                      Confidence Builder: A Desktop Relaxation Technique
                      • 11. Improving Learning and Memory
                        How Memory Works
                        Critical Thinking
                        Why You Forget
                        Awareness Check 17: What's in Your Long-Term Memory?
                        Increase Your Memory Power
                        Confidence Builder: Do Something Weird to Jog Your Memory
                        • 12. Preparing for Tests
                          Awareness Check 18: How Do You Study for Tests?
                          How to Prepare for Tests: Three Steps
                          Develop a Test-Taking Routine
                          Critical Thinking
                          Master Objective Tests
                          Know How to Answer Essay Questions
                          Confidence Builder: How to Raise Scores on Standardized Tests
                          • 13. Reducing Test Anxiety
                            Eliminate the Causes of Test Anxiety
                            Awareness Check 19: Do You Have Test Anxiety?
                            Learn to Relax
                            Face Your Fears
                            Fight Distractions
                            Talk Positively to Yourself
                            Confidence Builder: A Meditation Exercise
                            Find Your Best Solution
                            Critical Thinking
                            • 14. Becoming an Active Reader
                              Awareness Check 20: Are You an Active Reader?
                              Reading Actively
                              Find Main Idea, Details, and Implications
                              Confidence Builder: Calculate Your Reading Rate
                              Use a Textbook Marking System
                              Critical Thinking
                              • 15. Building Career Skills
                                Awareness Check 21: Are You Ready for Tomorrow's Workforce?
                                Working in the New Economy
                                Where the Jobs Will Be
                                Choosing Your Future
                                Confidence Builder: College Is the Real World
                                What Employers Want
                                Computer Confidence: The Technology-Driven Workforce
                                From College to Work
                                Critical Thinking
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