Piecing it Together : A Guide to Academic Success / Edition 1

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This book utilizes an experiential learning approach to actively engage readers in their own assessments and development of strategies for success. Providing support for those who have experienced some ups and downs in their post-secondary careers, this book is for those who are frustrated by their academic performance and need more than an Introduction to Study Skills text. Encouraging the reader to take an active role in reflecting on past experiences, exploring new ideas, and discovering successful personal strategies, this book is divided into five "pieces:" Assessing Yourself and Your Environment; Balancing Your Life; Lifelong Learning; Succeeding at School; and Living in an Academic Culture. For anyone interested in improving retention skills and increasing academic success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205281954
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/11/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with "Resources for Further Exploration" and/or "References."
1.The First Piece: Assessing Yourself and Your Environment.

Focused Reflection. Finding Meaning: Recognizing Characteristics That Lead to Academic Difficulty and Success. Figuring Out Your GPA and other Perplexing Puzzles. Academic Goals.

2. The Second Piece: Balancing Your Life.


How Do You Become an Educated Person? Theoretical Perspectives. Psychosocial Theories. Solving the Problem of Motivation. Setting Goals for a Balanced Life. Managing Time by Living "on Purpose". Goals and Decision Making. Turning Goals into Actions. Staying Balanced.
3. The Third Piece: Lifelong Learning.
Gaining Perspective on How You Learn: A Lifelong Task. Beginning with What You Have Done: Thinking about Past Performance. Developing Your Intellectual Muscle. Multiple Intelligences. How Do You Prefer to Learn? Meeting the Demands of Your Learning Situation. Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Understand Your Professors' Ways of Thinking. At This Point, What Have I Learned about Myself and My Professors? Stages of Cognitive Development. Women's Ways of Knowing.
4. The Fourth Piece: Succeeding in School.
Academic Skills: Assessing Attitudes and Beliefs. Learning through Dialogue. So Is All This Stuff Really Worth It? A Conceptual Understanding of Academic Skills. Mind Mapping.
5. The Fifth Piece: Living in an Academic Culture.
Understanding Your CampusEnvironment. Where Did America Come From? Intellectual Property: Plagiarism. Getting Your Ticket: Grades, Course Credits, and Diplomas. University 101: Student Life. Navigating Campus Culture. The Last Piece.
Appendix A: Workshops.
Workshop I: Groups Work. Workshop II: Career Exploration. Workshop III: Campus Climate: Gender and Difference. Workshop IV: Learning Assessment. Workshop V: Critical Thinking. Workshop VI: Exploring Campus Resources.
Appendix B: Campus Connection Character Data.

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