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With a new emphasis on the skills most valued by employers, FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE 4e improves students' abilities to develop and apply the most relevant skills and strategies to both the classroom and the workplace. The Fourth Edition focuses on the Five C's - character, creative thinking, critical thinking, communicating, and collaborating - the top 5 qualities employers seek in their employees. These five skills are addressed at the end of every chapter; supported by new content on Bloom's Taxonomy and professionalism; and emphasized in three new chapters on Character, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Collaborating. A renewed emphasis on the Master Student qualities is incorporated throughout the text, further supporting the Five C's. Through tools like the Discovery Wheel, Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI), Discovery and Intention journal entries, and hands-on activities, students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and learn to continually apply new skills as lifelong learners. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections

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"I like the pull out page format. It makes it easy to assign an activity and then have the student retain the material for later. It encourages the students to save their work and refer to it throughout their career."

"Davenport's course has a career planning focus, so these features [in From Master Student to Master Employee] are absolutely necessary for our students. Studies show that when students put their college studies in career and real-life perspective, retention and student success increases. Having students visualize themselves as successful professionals is a powerful motivator to do well in college."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435462229
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 389,943
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Ellis got started in education in 1976, when he taught junior high school math. After getting a master's degree in mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University, where he became assistant dean of student services. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993. The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student is based on Ellis's best-selling textbook, Becoming a Master Student. He puts into practice the principles he teaches, utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. His friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working toward world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights, and personal transformation. Ellis has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations. You can visit Ellis's website at Dave Ellis resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: MANAGING CHANGE Master Student Map. Critical Thinking Exercise 1: Textbook reconnaissance. Power Process: Discover what you want. Master student qualities. Critical Thinking Exercise 2: The Master Student in You. This book is worthless—if you just read it. Critical Thinking Exercise 3: Commitment. Master Employee in Action. Get the most out of this book. The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system. Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines. Journal Entry 1: Discovery Statement Declare what you want. Making the transition to higher education. Rewrite this book. Connect to resources. Succeeding in school—at any age. Leading the way—succeeding as a first-generation student. Enroll your instructor in your success. Meeting with your instructor. Journal Entry 2: Discovery Statement Choosing your purpose. Jumpstart your education with transferable skills. 65 transferable skills. Journal Entry 3: Discovery/Intention Statement Recognize your skills. 1. CHARACTER Master Student Map. Journal Entry 4: Intention Statement. Power Process: Define your values, align your actions. Your money and your values. Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations. Critical Thinking Exercise 4: Reprogram your attitude. Motivation—I'm just not in the mood. Ways to change a habit. Critical Thinking Exercise 5: Change a habit. Classroom civility—what's in it for you. Demonstrating a professional work ethic. The high costs of cheating. Perils of high-tech cheating. Academic integrity: Avoid plagiarism. Service-learning: The art of learning by contributing. Profile: Lisa Price. Chapter 1 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 2. FIRST STEPS Master Student Map. Journal Entry 5: Intention Statement. Power Process: Ideas are tools. First Step: Truth is a key to mastery. Critical Thinking Exercise 6: Taking the First Step. Critical Thinking Exercise 7: The Discovery Wheel. Learning styles: Discovering how you learn. Journal Entry 6: Discovery Statement Prepare for the Learning Style Inventory (LSI). Directions for completing the Learning Style Inventory. Learning Style Inventory. Using your learning style profile to succeed. Claim your multiple intelligences. Critical Thinking Exercise 8: Develop your multiple intelligences. Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system. Master Employee in Action. Profile: Fabian Pfortmüller. Chapter 2 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 3. TIME AND MONEY Master Student Map. Journal Entry 7: Intention Statement. Power Process: Be here now. You've got the time—and the money. Critical Thinking Exercise 9: The Time Monitor. Setting and achieving goals. Critical Thinking Exercise 10: Create a lifeline. Critical Thinking Exercise 11: Get real with your goals. The ABC daily to-do list. Break it down, get it done: Using a long-term planner. Stop procrastination now. The seven-day antiprocrastination plan. 25 ways to get the most of out of now. Setting limits on screen time. Master Employee in Action. Make choices about multi-tasking. Critical Thinking Exercise 12: The Money Monitor/Money Plan. No budgeting required. Make more money. Spend less money. Managing money during tough times. Education is worth it—and you can pay for it. Critical Thinking Exercise 13: Education by the hour. Take charge of your credit. Profile: Richard Anderson. Chapter 3 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 4. MEMORY Master Student Map. Journal Entry 8: Intention Statement. Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers). Take your memory out of the closet. The memory jungle. Master Employee in Action. 20 memory techniques. Use your computer to enhance memory. Your mind, online. Critical Thinking Exercise 14: Use Q-cards to reinforce memory. Set a trap for your memory. Critical Thinking Exercise 15: Remembering your car keys—or anything else. Your brain—its care and feeding. Mnemonic devices. Profile: Scott Heiferman. Chapter 4 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 5. READING Master Student Map. Journal Entry 9: Intention Statement. Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go. Muscle Reading. How Muscle Reading works. Phase 1 Before you read. Phase 2 While you read. Five smart ways to highlight text. Phase 3 After you read. Muscle Reading—a leaner approach. Journal Entry 10: Experimenting with Muscle Reading. When reading is tough. Getting past roadblocks to reading. Reading faster. Critical Thinking Exercise 16: Relax. Master Employee in Action. Word power—expanding your vocabulary. Mastering the English language. Developing information literacy. Muscle reading at work. Profile: Michael Hyatt. Chapter 5 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 6. NOTES Master Student Map. Journal Entry 11: Intention Statement. Power Process: I create it all. The note-taking process flows. Observe: The note-taking process flows. What to do when you miss a class. Journal Entry 12: Discovery/Intention Statement Create more value from lectures. Record The note-taking process flows. Review The note-taking process flows. Journal Entry 13: Discovery Statement Reflect on your review habits. Create more value from your notes. Turn PowerPoints into powerful notes. When your instructor talks quickly. Critical Thinking Exercise 17: Taking notes under pressure. Taking notes while reading. Note this information about your sources. Get to the bones of your book with concept maps. Taking effective notes for online coursework. Profile: Faye Wattleton. Chapter 6 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 7. TESTS Master Student Map. Journal Entry 14: Intention Statement. Power Process: Detach. Disarm tests. "F" is for feedback. Journal Entry 15: Discovery Statement Explore your feelings about tests. Journal Entry 16: Discovery/Intention Statement Notice your excuses and let them go. What to do before the test. How to cram (even though you "shouldn't"). Ways to predict test questions. What to do during the test. Words to watch for in essay questions. The test isn't over until . . .. Let go of test anxiety. Have some FUN!. Critical Thinking Exercise 18: Twenty things I like to do. Getting ready for math tests. Celebrate mistakes. Notable failures. Profile: Al Gore. Chapter 7 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 8. CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING Master Student Map. Journal Entry 17: Intention Statement. Power Process: Find a bigger problem and not Risk Being a Fool. Thinking: Moving from "aha!" to follow through. Ways to create ideas. Create on your feet. Creative thinking at work. Becoming a critical thinker. Ways to fool yourself: Common mistakes in logic. Master Employee in Action. Think critically about information on the Internet. Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking. Critical Thinking Exercise 19: Translating goals into action. Asking questions—learning through inquiry. 15 questions to try on for size. Gaining skill at decision making. Four ways to solve problems. Critical Thinking Exercise 20: Move from problems to solutions. Profile: Irshad Manji. Chapter 8 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 9. COMMUNICATING Master Student Map. Journal Entry 18: Intention Statement. Power Process: Employ your word. Communication—keeping the channels open. Critical Thinking Exercise 21: Practice sending or receiving. Choosing to listen. Choosing to speak. Master Employee in Action. Five ways to say "I". Critical Thinking Exercise 22: Write an "I" message. Journal Entry 19: Discovery/Intention Statement Discover communication styles. Communicating with your boss. Critical Thinking Exercise 23: V.I.P.s (Very Important Persons). Three phases of effective writing. Writing in the workplace. Making presentations. Profile: Cesar Chavez. Chapter 10 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 10. COLLABORATING Master Student Map. Journal Entry 20: Intention Statement. Power Process: Choose your conversations and your community. Collaborating for success. Journal Entry 21: Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on your experience with collaboration. Cooperative learning: Studying in groups. Master Employee in Action. Six simple "people" skills. Create high-performing teams. Critical Thinking Exercise 24: Getting to "done"—the practical art of project planning. Making the most of meetings. Managing conflict. Journal Entry 22: Discovery/Intention Statement Re-create a relationship. Developing emotional intelligence. Thriving with diversity. Master Employee in Action. Critical Thinking Exercise 25: Becoming a culture learner. Asking for help. You are a leader. Profile: Nilofer Merchant. Chapter 10 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career. 11. HEALTH Master Student Map. Journal Entry 23: Discovery/Intention Statement. Power Process: Surrender. Wake up to Health. Critical Thinking Exercise 26: Take a First Step about your health. Choose your fuel. Prevent and treat eating disorders. Choose to exercise. Choose emotional health. Choose to rest. Master Employee in Action. Developing a strong self-image. Suicide is no solution. Choose to stay safe. Observe thyself. Choose sexual health: Prevent infection. Choose sexual health: Prevent unwanted pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: THE TRUTH. Critical Thinking Exercise 27: Addiction: How do I know?. Some facts . . .. From dependence to recovery. Succeed in quitting smoking. Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health. Journal Entry 24: Discovery/Intention Statement Advertisements and your health. Profile: Randy Pausch. Chapter 11 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career 12. CAREER MANAGEMENT Master Student Map. Journal Entry 25: Intention Statement. Power Process: Be it. The master employee. Journal Entry 26: Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on your experience of working. Tap the hidden job market. Smart things to do while you're unemployed. Critical Thinking Exercise 28: Rehearse your job search. Build an irresistible resume. Fine tune your cover letter. Use job interviews to "hire" an employer. Critical Thinking Exercise 29: Practice answering and asking interview questions. Succeeding as a new employee. Surviving your first day. Creating value from any job. Learning on the job. Make performance reviews work for you. Critical Thinking Exercise 30: Create a personal development plan. Discover yourself: Explore career assessments. Critical Thinking Exercise 31: Use informal ways to discover yourself. Discover the world of work. Re-create your career. Don't plan your career. Gearing up for a global economy. Critical Thinking Exercise 32: Discovery Wheel—coming full circle. Profile: Ruth Handler. Chapter 12 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career End matter The Master Guide to Becoming a Master Employee Master Student Index Cards Endnotes Additional Reading Index

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