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For students who need to develop the study skills required to successfully complete their college education—whether they attend a two- or four-year college or they are adult learners—ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS, 7th Edition, is their guide to success. Featuring the essential learning strategies for becoming a better student, this book helps students learn how to prepare for class, develop textbook reading strategies, use effective note-taking techniques, strengthen their test-taking skills, and carry their skills forward. ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS, 7th Edition, adapts to any learning style and offers a step-by-step approach and numerous opportunities for practice throughout the textbook and accompanying website. The fresh four-color design and streamlined look engage students and emphasize the essentials.

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"This text has always met the needs of our community college students. While the text can be used in any post-secondary setting, its total focus on STUDY SKILLS is what has always sold me on the text. Wong has consistently improved her approach to this topic, and the exercises she has included really provide good practice for students. Her textbook layout appeals to students with different learning styles. In addition, no student feels left out (e.g. traditional students vs. non-traditional students, native speakers vs. non-native speakers)."- Karen Fenske, Kishwaukee College

"I believe that some of my favorite features of the book include the use of mapping to get the student focused on the objectives and their relationships; room to write ideas and thoughts as they read; then the breaks of questions, quizzes and exercises to break up their reading. This is important because (including me) students will breeze through text without stopping to think about what they are reading and by having these 'breaks' the student's eyes are drawn to these and may cause them to read that at least and then go back to read if needed."- Valerie Cunningham, Collin College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495913504
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

After receiving her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon in 1970, Linda Wong started her teaching career in the Springfield School District in Oregon. After six years, Linda left the classroom to start an educational consulting business, which included self-publishing classroom activity books and operating a school supply store. In 1983, she returned to the classroom to begin a 22-year teaching career in the Academic Learning Skills Department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. At Lane, Linda taught developmental education and college study skills courses and actively participated in curriculum development projects, the Women's Transition Program, programs for students with learning disabilities, and the campus Diversity Team. In Las Vegas, Linda has continued her involvement in education as an educational consultant, a presenter at national conferences, and an author of several textbooks. After several years of freelancing as a writer of magazine articles and a reviewer for several college textbook publishers, Linda began her career as a textbook writer in 1994 with the first edition of ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS. She continues authoring textbooks and exploring other avenues of writing. Linda has one son, Kailee, and three beautiful grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

1. DISCOVERING AND USING YOUR LEARNING STYLES. Three Cognitive Learning Styles. Linear and Global Learners. Multiple Intelligences. 2. PROCESSING INFORMATION INTO YOUR MEMORY. The Information Processing Model. Your Conscious Mind at Work. Essential Strategies for Working Memory. 3. USING TWELVE PRINCIPLES OF MEMORY. Memory Mnemonic. The First Four Principles of Memory. The Middle Four Principles of Memory. The Last Four Principles of Memory. 4. BECOMING A TIME MANAGER AND A GOAL-SETTER. Time Management. Schedules and Strategies. Goal Setting. Goal-Setting Strategies. 5. DEVELOPING SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS. Concentration. Motivation. Stress Management. Procrastination Management. 6. DEVELOPING TEST-TAKING SKILLS. Test Preparation Skills. Test Performance Skills. Test Anxiety Management Skills. Mnemonics. 7. STRENGTHENING YOUR READING SKILLS. The Reading Process. Surveying Reading Materials. Paragraph Elements. Terminology and Vocabulary. 8. LEARNING FROM COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS. Active Reading. Organizational Patterns. Graphic Materials. 9. DEVELOPING NOTETAKING SKILLS. Textbook Notetaking Skills. Annotation. The Cornell Notetaking System. Two- and Three-Column Notetaking Systems. The Outline Notetaking System. 10. LISTENING AND TAKING LECTURE NOTES. Listening Skills. Notetaking Systems for Lectures. Effective Notetaking Strategies. 11. CREATING AND USING VISUAL NOTES AND STUDY TOOLS. Tailored Approach. Visual Mappings. Hierarchies. Comparison Charts. Index Card Notes. 12. CARRYING YOUR SKILLS FORWARD. Reading in the Content Areas. Bloom's Taxonomy. Culminating Activities for ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS. Appendix A: Essential Test Taking Skills. Objective Test Questions. Recall Test Questions. Math Test Questions. Essay Test Questions. Appendix B: Profiles and Answer Keys. Appendix C: Exercises, Inventories, and Checklists. Appendix D: Excerpts.

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