This text addresses strategies specific to the hybrid and online learning environment combined with key components, learning styles and critical thinking, from best-selling Keys to Success to help students be effective across the curriculum. Though the convenience of online education has enabled greater numbers of students’ access to degree programs, being successful in this environment requires specific skills and strategies. Every element can be fundamentally different for online students (i.e. the presentation of material, classmate and instructor interaction, assessments and activities).

  • The Successful Intelligence elements of Analyze, Create, and Practice - help students hone their ability to use a combination of analytical, creative, and practical abilities to reach important goals. (Integrated into chapter).
  • Quick-view summaries of strategies are provided so that online learners can immediately implement them to improve their study skills. (Throughout the chapter)
  • The Online Outlook feature - is a student profile that focuses on a particular challenge relevant to the chapter material. (End of chapter).
  • The Online ‘App’ feature allows students to try out some of the techniques relevant to learning in this forum. (Chapters 1, 3, 4).
  • Strategies for Learning Styles are presented in each of the study skill and life skill chapters. After learning styles are introduced in Chapter 3, unique strategies for each are highlighted in each of the subsequent chapters dealing with study skills. (Chapters 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • The chapter on Critical Thinking provides a framework for analyzing an argument, which is unique and timely in this market. (Chapter 4).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132731546
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Kateri Drexler is passionate about student success and online learning and has authored several texts on online success strategies. Her company, Global Learning Solutions, Inc., develops interactive online courses in multiple disciplines for universities around the world.

Carol Carter is president of her own company, LifeBound, where she coaches students in academic and career readiness skills.

Joyce Bishop has taught student success and psychology at Golden West College for over 20 years, and is currently teaching many courses online and serving as Staff Development Coordinator at Golden West College.

Sarah Lyman Kravits writes about, researches, and speaks on student success topics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Logging into Success

Feature: Analyze: Rate Your Readiness for Online Learning

Understanding the Online Learning Environment

Facts and Fictions of Online Learning

Types of Online Courses

Types of Assignments

Types of Learning Management Systems

Feature: Online Application

Setting Yourself Up for Success: Practices of Successful Online Learners

Prepare for the Path Ahead

Set Priorities

Structure Your Schedule

Develop Discipline and Accountability

Foster Relationships

Seek New Skills

Manage Your Thoughts and Emotions

Ask for Help

Feature: Create a Quick Plan for Success

Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

Chapter 2: Managing Time and Priorities

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Manager

Setting Goals for Success

What is a Goal?

Dealing with Conflicting Goals

Guidelines for Attainable (SMART) Goals

Feature: Create a Path to Success

Feature: Online Application

Time Management Tools and Strategies

Feature: Online Outlook

Schedules and Planners

Common Electronic Calendar Features

Managing Time in Online Courses

Manage Email

Manage Discussion Forums

Manage Course Resources

Manage Your Non-Educational Computer Time

Put Off Procrastination

Develop Good Habits

Feature: Practice

Chapter 3: Navigating Learning Strategies

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Knowing Learner

Use Assessments to Learn about Yourself

Feature: Create a Character

Assess Yourself with the Multiple Intelligences with Pathways to Learning

Take the Assessment

Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

Assess Your Style of Interaction with the Personality Spectrum

Take the Assessment

Apply the Strategies for Online Learning

Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

Chapter 4: Critical Thinking: Programming

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Thinker

Becoming a THINKER

Take apart information

Hear other perspectives

Identify False Logic

Neutralize judgment

Keep out bias

Evaluate sources

Resolve problems

Critical Thinking in Arguments

Identifying the Conclusion

Identifying the Premises

Identifying the Supporting Evidence

Identifying the Hidden Assumptions

Critical Thinking in an Online Environment

Strategies for Using Critical Thinking in Threaded Discussions

Feature: Online Application

Strategies for Searching for Information Online

Feature: Create Your Own Web Page Design

Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

Chapter 5 Uploading Information–Online Reading, Information Literacy, and Study Skills

Feature: Rate Yourself as a Reader of Online and Text Materials

Get Ready to Read

Active Reading Strategies for Critical READERS

Rapidly Skim

Evoke Memories

Apply Critical Thinking

Determine Main Ideas

Engage with Others



Feature: Create a Summary

Online Reading Challenges

Complex Material

Feature: Online Application


Feature: Online Outlook

Reading Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 6 Compressing Information--Note-Taking for Online Courses

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as an Active Student

Basic Note-Taking Techniques

Deciding on What to Record

Feature: Create Abbreviations for Key Terms

Deciding Where to Keep Notes

Note-Taking Situations

Note-Taking While Reading

Feature: Online Outlook

Note-Taking for Multimedia Presentations

Collaborative Note-Taking

Note-Taking Formats



Cornell System

Think Links

Feature: Online Application

Note-Taking Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 7: Zooming in on Online Course Assignments and Tests

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Writer

Tackling Any Assignment

Before You Begin

ANSWER the Question

Characteristics of Effective Writing

Clear Topic

Feature: Create a New Topic

Good Organization

Feature: Online Outlook

Writer’s Voice and Material

Sentence Variety


Correct Grammar and Punctuation

Good Design

Types of Assignments

Discussion Questions

Feature: Online Application


Application Exercises

Group Assignments

Tests and Quizzes

Collaborative Writing

Applying Strategies for Different Learning Styles

Feature: Practice

Chapter 8–Creating e-Portfolios

Feature: Analyze: Rate Yourself as a Self-Promoter

Developing Your e-Portfolio

Purpose of an e-Portfolio

What to Include

Feature: Create a Short Biography

Steps in Creating an e-Portfolio






Feature: Online Outlook

Feature: Practice

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