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Overview

This text offers a contemporary, refreshing approach to traditional coverage of study skills. Concepts and strategies are presented in a context that helps you understand the broader, real-world applications for well-developed study skills. The premise of this book is that strong academic skills form the foundation necessary for your success in our competitive, global economy.

This book offers knowledge and skills that build self-management, a positive work ethic, and leadership qualities:

  • Identifying and using your preferred learning styles
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Flexibility in the face of change
  • Ways to reduce stress
  • Strategic thinking

You will develop skills that help you fulfill your goals in school and, ultimately, in your career:

  • Reading speed and comprehension
  • Internet research skills
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Writing skills
  • Math, science, and technology skills

Unique features that underscore relevancy:

  • Vocabulary exercises featuring words from current media excerpts
  • Chapter summaries in a map format to stimulate visual learning
  • A text-wide focus on how your study skills will help you on the job

Keys to College Studying has its own companion website designed to help students review the text material and hone their computer skills. This site (accessed through prenhall.com/carter) resides within the Prentice Hall supersite (prenhall.com/success) for student success and career development. The supersite houses a wide array of resources for students seeking academic andcareer success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130304810
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/9/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND PREPARATION: WHERE THE FUTURE BEGINS.


1. Lifelong Learning: Reaching Your Potential in the 21st Century.


How Do You Become a Lifelong Learner? How Do You Become a Strategic Learner? How Can You Get Ready to Study?


2. Learning Styles and Self-Awareness: Knowing Who You Are and How You Learn.


Is There One Best Way to Learn? What Are the Benefits of Knowing Your Learning Style? How Can You Discover Your Learning Style? How Will Knowing Your Learning Style Help You in Your Career?


3. Goal Setting and Time Management: Mapping Your Course and Reducing Stress.


How Do You Set and Achieve Goals? What Are Your Priorities? How Can You Manage Your Time? Why Is Procrastination a Problem? How Can You Reduce Stress?


4. Critical Thinking: Tapping the Power of Your Mind.


What Is Critical Thinking? How Does Critical Thinking Help You Solve Problems? How Do You Construct and Evaluate Arguments? How Do You Think Logically? What Is Media Literacy?

II. READING, REMEMBERING, AND UNDERSTANDING: MAKING MEANING OF WHAT YOU LEARN.


5. Reading Comprehension, Speed, and Vocabulary: Reading Faster and Understanding More.


What Will Help You Understand What You Read? How Can You Set the Stage for Reading? How Do You Build a Better Vocabulary? How Can You Become Comfortable Reading American English? How Can You Increase Your Reading Speed?


6. Mastering Content: Studying Textbooks, Technical Documents, and Literature.


How Can SQ3R Help You Own What You Read? How CanYou Respond Critically to What You Read? What Special Approaches Should You Take to Reading Literature? How Will Reading Skills Help You in Your Career?


7. Reading Visual Aids: Obtaining Data through Visual Sources.


What Are Visual Aids and How Are They Used? How Do You Read a Table? What Do Charts Show? What Are Other Types of Visual Aids? How Do You Use Critical Thinking to Evaluate Visual Aids?


8. Listening and Memory: Taking in and Remembering Information.


How Can You Become a Better Listener? How Does Memory Work? How Can You Improve Your Memory? How Can You Use Mnemonic Devices to Boost Memory Power?

III. NOTES, RESEARCH, AND WRITING: INTERPRETING AND EXPRESSING IDEAS.


9. Taking Lecture Notes: Recording the Ideas of Others.


How Does Taking Notes Help You? How Can You Make the Most of Class Notes? What Note-Taking System Should You Use? How Can You Write Faster When Taking Notes?


10. Doing Library and Internet Research: Tapping Into the World of Information.


How Can You Make the Most of the Library? How Do You Use a Search Strategy to Conduct Research? How Can You Do Research on the Internet? Study Skills in Action.


11. Effective Writing: Communicating Your Message through the Written Word.


Why Does Good Writing Matter? What Are the Elements of Effective Writing? What Is the Writing Process?

IV. TESTING, TECHNOLOGY, AND COMPETENCY: CREATING YOUR FUTURE.


12. Test Taking: Developing a Winning Strategy for Test Success.


How Can Preparation Help Improve Test Scores? How Can You Conquer Test Anxiety? How Can Studying With Others Help You Succeed? What General Strategies Can Help You Succeed on Tests? How Can You Learn From Test Mistakes?


13. Showing What You Know: Taking Objective, Essay, and Oral Examinations.


How Can You Master Objective Tests? How Can You Master Essay Questions? How Can You Master Oral Exams?


14. Quantitative Learning: Becoming Comfortable with Math, Science, and Technology.


Why Do You Need to Be Able to Think Quantitatively? How Can You Master Math Basics? How Can You Overcome Math Anxiety? What Techniques Will Improve Your Performance on Math Tests? What Do Learning Math and Learning Science Have in Common? What Basics Should You Know about Computers?


15. Moving Ahead: Making Today's Study Skills the Foundation for Tomorrow's Success.


Why Is College Just the Beginning of Lifelong Learning? How Can You Adjust to Change? What Will Help You Handle Success and Failure? How Can You Live Your Mission?

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Preface

PREFACE

STUDY SKILLS FOR LIFE

Daniel B., an undergraduate student we know, was recently offered a summer internship in the global investment banking division of one of the country's largest financial institutions. Although the corporate recruiters thought he was highly qualified, Daniel doubted his own ability, worrying that as a liberal-arts major he lacked the basic knowledge and skills to succeed in a business setting. He had never worked with spreadsheets, graphed financial data, or spoken the specialized language of his business colleagues. While he was familiar with classic novels through his college literature courses, he knew little about capital markets and derivatives. He was so filled with self-doubt that he nearly rejected the internship offer.

The company recruiters were well aware of Daniel's knowledge "deficits" when they offered him the position. However, from talking with references listed on his resume and with Daniel himself during the interview, they realized that he had a quick mind, superior critical-thinking and study skills, and a willingness to learn, all of which were reflected in excellent grades. They were convinced that he would be able to master everything he needed to know for the internship, especially since the program included a week of intensive training classes designed to get everyone up to speed. After a few weeks of hard work, Daniel acquired the skills he needed-and was now moving ahead ofmany of the other interns in his ability to analyze and apply complex business concepts to unique problem-solving situations.

This true story defines the importance of having solid study and critical-thinking skills in the 21st century. It also illustrates the mission of the first edition of Keys To College Studying: Becoming a Lifelong Learner. Like Daniel, you may find yourself doubting your specific knowledge and skills when, for example, you change majors, get a new boss, or change careers. However, the study skills and critical-thinking skills that you learn in this book will help you succeed in college as they prepare you for the challenge of continuous learning throughout your career and life.

Your Study-Skills Tool Bag: What's Important in This Book

This text contains some essential elements that help you achieve diverse goals:

STRATEGIES FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT. Before you can be a successful learner, you need to set the stage for learning in a way that maximizes your abilities. Part I helps you develop self-management through learning styles, self-awareness, goal setting, and time management. It also provides strategies for helping you become a critical thinker. Critical thinking will allow you to take your study skills to a higher level of achievement.

CORE STUDY SKILLS FOR SCHOOL, WORK, AND LIFE. The text focuses on skills that will take you successfully through your classes-and beyond. Each skill is presented in comprehensive terms, showing you what you need to know in order to succeed in school as well as how you will use the skill in the working world and in your personal life. These skills include reading, listening, taking notes, memory, library and internet research, vocabulary building, writing, test taking, math and technology skills, and many more.

TESTING-FOCUSED EXERCISES. At the end of each chapter and each part, a variety of exercises appear that are designed to reinforce knowledge and build test-taking skills. Included are:

  • Multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and matching questions
  • A vocabulary-building exercise featuring challenging words from the current media
  • Strategic thinking and teamwork exercises

A Real-Life Approach to the Needs of Real-Life Students

Keys to College Studying acknowledges who you are right now and the stresses and pressures you may face. Acknowledging that each student is in a unique life situation, the text includes information such as ways to study with children around, time management advice for working students, and vocabulary-building approaches for students from around the world. Keys to College Studying focuses on the individual—you—helping to reduce study-related stress as it emphasizes the development of skills that will help you handle change.

TAKE ACTION: BE A PROACTIVE LEARNER

You are responsible for your education, your growth, your knowledge, and your future. If you know yourself, choose the right paths, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve. The best we can do is offer some great strategies, ideas, and structures that will help you study effectively; ultimately, it's up to you to use them. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education—now take advantage of all it has to give you. Pay yourself the biggest compliment by studying hard, having faith in yourself, and staying focused on your long-term goals.

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Introduction

PREFACE

STUDY SKILLS FOR LIFE

Daniel B., an undergraduate student we know, was recently offered a summer internship in the global investment banking division of one of the country's largest financial institutions. Although the corporate recruiters thought he was highly qualified, Daniel doubted his own ability, worrying that as a liberal-arts major he lacked the basic knowledge and skills to succeed in a business setting. He had never worked with spreadsheets, graphed financial data, or spoken the specialized language of his business colleagues. While he was familiar with classic novels through his college literature courses, he knew little about capital markets and derivatives. He was so filled with self-doubt that he nearly rejected the internship offer.

The company recruiters were well aware of Daniel's knowledge "deficits" when they offered him the position. However, from talking with references listed on his resume and with Daniel himself during the interview, they realized that he had a quick mind, superior critical-thinking and study skills, and a willingness to learn, all of which were reflected in excellent grades. They were convinced that he would be able to master everything he needed to know for the internship, especially since the program included a week of intensive training classes designed to get everyone up to speed. After a few weeks of hard work, Daniel acquired the skills he needed-and was now moving ahead of many of the other interns in his ability to analyze and apply complex business concepts to unique problem-solving situations.

This true story defines the importance of having solid study and critical-thinkingskills in the 21st century. It also illustrates the mission of the first edition of Keys To College Studying: Becoming a Lifelong Learner. Like Daniel, you may find yourself doubting your specific knowledge and skills when, for example, you change majors, get a new boss, or change careers. However, the study skills and critical-thinking skills that you learn in this book will help you succeed in college as they prepare you for the challenge of continuous learning throughout your career and life.

Your Study-Skills Tool Bag: What's Important in This Book

This text contains some essential elements that help you achieve diverse goals:

STRATEGIES FOR SELF-MANAGEMENT. Before you can be a successful learner, you need to set the stage for learning in a way that maximizes your abilities. Part I helps you develop self-management through learning styles, self-awareness, goal setting, and time management. It also provides strategies for helping you become a critical thinker. Critical thinking will allow you to take your study skills to a higher level of achievement.

CORE STUDY SKILLS FOR SCHOOL, WORK, AND LIFE. The text focuses on skills that will take you successfully through your classes-and beyond. Each skill is presented in comprehensive terms, showing you what you need to know in order to succeed in school as well as how you will use the skill in the working world and in your personal life. These skills include reading, listening, taking notes, memory, library and internet research, vocabulary building, writing, test taking, math and technology skills, and many more.

TESTING-FOCUSED EXERCISES. At the end of each chapter and each part, a variety of exercises appear that are designed to reinforce knowledge and build test-taking skills. Included are:

  • Multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and matching questions
  • A vocabulary-building exercise featuring challenging words from the current media
  • Strategic thinking and teamwork exercises

A Real-Life Approach to the Needs of Real-Life Students

Keys to College Studying acknowledges who you are right now and the stresses and pressures you may face. Acknowledging that each student is in a unique life situation, the text includes information such as ways to study with children around, time management advice for working students, and vocabulary-building approaches for students from around the world. Keys to College Studying focuses on the individual--you--helping to reduce study-related stress as it emphasizes the development of skills that will help you handle change.

TAKE ACTION: BE A PROACTIVE LEARNER

You are responsible for your education, your growth, your knowledge, and your future. If you know yourself, choose the right paths, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve. The best we can do is offer some great strategies, ideas, and structures that will help you study effectively; ultimately, it's up to you to use them. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education--now take advantage of all it has to give you. Pay yourself the biggest compliment by studying hard, having faith in yourself, and staying focused on your long-term goals.

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