P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life / Edition 4

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Overview

The only first-year experience text with a unifying system for critical thinking and problem solving, P.O.W.E.R. Learning maximizes students' potential for success in college and in life.

Using the simple, class-tested principles of the P.O.W.E.R (Prepare, Organize, Work, Evaluate, and Rethink) system, students gain a sense of mastery and achievement as they move through the text; with the growth of their confidence comes the increased intellectual enthusiasm and personal discipline needed for them to excel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073522432
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Feldman still remembers those moments of being overwhelmed when he started college at Wesleyan University. “I wondered whether I was up to the challenges that faced me,” he recalls, “and—although I never would have admitted it at the time—I really had no idea what it took to be successful at college.”

That experience, along with his encounters with many students during his own teaching career, led to a life-long interest in helping students navigate the critical transition that they face at the start of their own college careers. Professor Feldman, who went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology. He directs POWER Up for Student Success, the UMass first-year experience course for incoming students.

Professor Feldman’s proudest professional accomplishment is winning the College Outstanding Teaching Award at UMass. He also has been named a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and was Senior Online Instruction Fellow. He has taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Professor Feldman is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written some 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese, include Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice, Understanding Psychology, 8/e, and Development Across the Life Span, 4/e. His research interests encompass the study of honesty and truthfulness in everyday life, development of nonverbal behavior in children, and the social psychology of education. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

With the last of his three children completing college, Professor Feldman occupies his spare time with serious cooking and earnest, but admittedly unpolished, piano playing. He also loves to travel. He lives with his wife, who is an educational psychologist, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range in western Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

P.O.W.E.R Learning

Part 1. Getting Started

Chapter 1. P.O.W.E.R Learning: Becoming a Successful Student


Chapter 2. Making the Most of Your Time


Chapter 3. Recognizing How You Learn, Who You Are, and What You Value

Part 2. Using P.O.W.E.R for Academic Success


Chapter 4. Taking Notes


Chapter 5. Taking Tests


Chapter 6. Building Your Reading Skills


Chapter 7. Writing and Speaking


Chapter 8. Memory


Chapter 9. Choosing Your Courses and Major


Chapter 10. Technology and Information Competency

Part 3. Life Beyond the Classroom


Chapter 11. Making Good Decisions


Chapter 12. Diversity and Your Relationship with Others


Chapter 13. Money Matters


Chapter 14. Stress, Health, and Wellness


A Final Word


Glossary


Endnotes


Credits


Index


The following chapters are available when customizing the text:



Chapter A. Strategies for Success for Student Athletes



Chapter C. Taking Charge of Your Career



Chapter T. Transfer Strategies: Making the Leap from Community College to a Four-Year School

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