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This proven student success author team has updated its study skills text to extend the depth of core coverage while increasing the relevance and usefulness of the material. In addition to a comprehensive treatment of study skills, Keys to College Studying integrates a definitive theme of active thinking throughout the text and exercises. This theme builds will, skill, and self-management abilities — i.e., students’ ability to develop skills, strengthen the will to learn, and monitor and manage their progress. This theme enhances student involvement, understanding, and motivation. End-of-chapter exercises, as well as new in-chapter exercises, link to and reinforce the theme. Study skills and developing active thinking skills are the main focus of this book. Traditional study skills covered include: improving reading comprehension, speed, and vocabulary, mastering the content of texts and literature, understanding visual aids, becoming a better listener and improving memory, taking effective notes, mastering test-taking techniques, becoming comfortable with math, science, and technology, managing time and setting goals, and managing stress. The coverage of vocabulary is superior. The book also includes these critical topics not often found in other study skills books: lifelong learning, learning styles and self-awareness, critical thinking, mastering research skills, and writing effectively. For anyone interested in developing strong Study Skills or taking an academically-oriented Student Success course.

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Keys to College Studying provides useful tips for being a better thinker and excellent activities to practice techniques. I especially like the activity requiring the student to build a solution to a problem and then deconstruct it.

All chapters are infinitely more thorough than those in Pauk’s Essential Study Strategies and more connected to each other by means of the active thinking theme… This book is more of a ‘thinking student’s’ take on study skills; it has a definite body of knowledge that is clearly based on research… The text actually explains in great connected details WHY students should make changes in the way they operate and encourages them to choose their own path after arming themselves with knowledge… This text is clearly superior to the Pauk text.”

-- Victoria Haydock at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

“The systematic approach taken in Keys to College Studying seems more useful because it employs a building block approach. It provides excellent step-by-step practical exercises within each chapter.”

-- John Horn at Acquinas College in Nashville

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Meet the Author

Carol Carter is founder of LifeBound, a career coaching company that offers individual coaching sessions and seminars for high school students, college students, and career seekers. She has written Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also co-authored Keys to Preparing for College, Keys to Effective Learning, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Success. She has taught welfare to work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at Community College of Denver, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. Carol is a national college and career expert and is interviewed regularly in print, on the radio, and for news programs. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she has been fortunate enough to have been a guest in over forty foreign countries. Please visit her website and write her at

Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than twenty years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000. For five years she has been voted “favorite teacher” by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She has worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities. She is currently teaching online and multimedia classes, and training other faculty to teach online in her district and region of 21 colleges. She also co-authored Keys to Effective Learning, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. Joyce is the lead academic of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, distributed by Dallas Telelearning.

Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She co-authored Keys to Success, Keys to Effective Learning, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills and has served as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In that capacity she helped to formulate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. She has also given faculty workshops in critical thinking. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and drama from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and an M.F.A. from Catholic University.

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Table of Contents

Part I Knowledge, Skills, and Preparation: Where the Future Begins

Chapter 1 Set the Stage for Success: Managing Goals, Time, and Stress

Chapter 2 Learning Styles, Majors, and Careers: Knowing Your Talents and Finding Your Direction

Chapter 3 Critical and Creative Thinking: Solving Problems and Making Decisions

Part II Reading , Understanding, and Remembering: Mastering Essential Learning Skills

Chapter 4 Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Speed: Reading Faster and Understanding More

Chapter 5 Studying Textbooks and Course Materials: Mastering Content

Chapter 6 Listening and Memory: Taking In and Remembering Information

Part III Notes, Writing, and Math: Building Active Study Skills

Chapter 7 Taking Lecture Notes: Recording Concepts and Information

Chapter 8 Effective Writing: Communicating Your Message

Chapter 9 Quantitative Learning: Becoming Comfortable with Math and Science

Part IV Becoming a Better Test Taker and Creating Your Future: Choosing Success

Chapter 10 Test Taking: Developing a Winning Strategy

Chapter 11 Taking Objective, Essay, and Oral Exams: Showing What You Know

Chapter 12 Moving Ahead: Making Today’s Study Skills the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Success

Research Appendix

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