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Overview

ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LEARNING, Seventh Edition takes students on a specific path to help them to be motivated, and to surround themselves with the resources they need to set goals and celebrate accomplishments. The text emphasizes well-defined goals, regular class attendance, good work habits, sufficient background knowledge, appropriate study strategies, time management, and motivation as the key factors that contribute to college success. It strengthens the connection between motivation and the strategies that are presented, so that students continue to increase their motivation throughout the course and enhance their commitment to being a successful student.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I have enjoyed success with this text. Others I have used were condescending and I find Van Blerkom's language and approach much more empowering and encourages student responsibility and opportunity."

"Its readability and practicality make the content accessible and appealing to a student population that is often difficult to reach."

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Blerkom's (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown) guide to college success offers a step-by-step approach to studying effectively and provides detailed explanations for the necessary skills. She describes a variety of strategies for each skill, and suggests practice activities for applying skills to course work. Advice is provided on goal setting, time management, note taking, improving concentration, communicating, reading, and preparing for and taking exams. This edition also includes new material on stress management, decision making, and problem solving. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111833640
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 873,476
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianna L. Van Blerkom is an experienced author and educator. She is an assistant professor in the Academic Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and previously served as the director. She also has published numerous articles and textbooks, including COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS: BECOMING A STRATEGIC LEARNER, TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE SUCCESS, and COLLEGE READING AND STUDY STRATEGIES with co-author Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt.

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Table of Contents

1. Getting Motivated.? 2. Goal Setting.? 3. Time Management.? 4. Memory and Learning.? 5. Taking Lecture Notes.? 6. Improving Concentration.? 7. Reading Your Textbook.? 8. Marking Your Textbook.? 9. Organizing Text Information.? 10. Preparing for Exams.? 11. Taking Objective Exams.? 12. Taking Essay Exams.? 13. Succeeding on Finals.

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