Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning / Edition 2

Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning / Edition 2

by Abby Marks-Beale, Marks-Beale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0538723777

ISBN-13: 9780538723770

Pub. Date: 04/03/2001

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Success Skills equips users with learning success strategies required in today's academic and workplace environments. With a focus on learning how to learn, thinking skills, communication skills, technology and managing information, this text is divided into five key areas: learning how to learn; becoming an active reader; listening, memory and note-taking

Overview

Success Skills equips users with learning success strategies required in today's academic and workplace environments. With a focus on learning how to learn, thinking skills, communication skills, technology and managing information, this text is divided into five key areas: learning how to learn; becoming an active reader; listening, memory and note-taking mastery; testing and critical thinking skills; information gathering, research and writing skills. With Success Tip Strategies and Internet activities, this book will develop key techniques necessary to achieve success in one's education and career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780538723770
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
04/03/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Learning by Doing1
Distinguishing Between Active and Passive Learning4
Advantages of Active Learning6
On Becoming an Active Learner9
Know Your Purpose and Responsibility9
Work in a Conducive Environment11
Develop a Positive Belief in Yourself11
Engage in Your Learning Process15
Where to Look for Help19
Learn from Your Mistakes21
Take Good Care of Yourself22
Chapter 2Discovering Your Learning Styles28
What Are Learning Styles31
Sequential or Random: Which Are You?32
The Sequential Learner/The Random Learner33
The Balanced Learner34
Learning to Flex to Other Styles35
Identifying Teaching Styles36
The Sequential Instructor/The Random Instructor38
The Balanced Instructor39
Quick Ways to Assess Your Instructor's Style39
Learning from Style Differences41
Your Senses and Learning42
Other Learning Styles47
Left Brain/Right Brain Theory47
Social and Independent Learning Theories47
Multiple Intelligences47
Chapter 3Creating Concentration52
Your Learning Influences55
Mind Wandering: The Enemy of Concentration56
Ways to Improve Concentration58
Your Learning Environments60
What's Around You60
15 Options for Achieving Concentration61
What's On Your Mind?65
Taking Control of Your Concentration67
Chapter 4Learning Time Management71
What Is Most Important To You?74
Where Does Your Time Go?78
How Much Time Do You Need?85
Planning Your Time87
Using an Academic Calendar87
Using a Weekly Project Planner91
Using a Monthly Calendar95
Using a Palmtop Calendar95
Finding Time96
Proscrastination and Other Time Wasters98
Study Goals and Rewards100
Additional Ways to Master Your Time101
Chapter 5Study Smart106
What Is a Testing Success Factor?109
Being Prepared110
Do Your Assignments on Time111
Take Good Notes112
Know What Material to Study112
Know What Kind of Test Will Be Given112
Optimize Your Health115
Avoiding Cramming116
Memorizing Versus Learning117
Learning Actively119
Create an Effective Learning Environment119
Find a Study Buddy119
Have a Study Order120
Plan Your Study Time and Breaks121
Remember to Use Memory Devices123
Anticipating Test Questions129
Learning from Your Mistakes130
Chapter 6Taking Notes From Lecture136
Why Take Notes From People?139
Preparing To Take Notes141
The Tools for Note Taking141
Effective Note Taking Habits142
Taking Notes From Instructors143
Six Instructor Personality Clues144
Six Instructor Verbal Clues145
Predicting Test Questions147
How To Take Notes149
The Cornell Method of Note Taking149
Mind Mapping154
Chapter 7Taking Notes From Reading Material161
Just Reading Versus Active Reading164
Effective Highlighting165
Creating Margin Notes169
Summary-in-the-Margin Notes170
Question-in-the-Margin Notes171
Combining Margin Notes and Effective Highlighting172
Studying With Margin Notes172
Taking Full Notes172
About Fiction Note Taking176
Chapter 8Reading Comprehension Skills179
What Active Readers Know and Do182
The Difference Between Nonfiction and Fiction184
Finding Your Purpose and Reading Responsibility185
Pre-Viewing187
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Book188
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Chapter or Article192
Building Vocabulary199
Using Background Knowledge199
Using a Dictionary203
Vocabulary of Your Trade206
Chapter 9Survival Reading Skills211
The Reading Gears214
Learning To Read More In Less Time217
Unlearning to Relearn217
THE Reason to Read Faster218
How To Increase Your Reading Speed219
Reading Key Words220
Reading Phrases222
Using Pacers224
Combining Your Reading Tools226
Skimming and Scanning227
Adjusting Your Reading Speed235
Three Factors for Determining Reading Speed235
When to Speed Up and When to Slow Down235
Flexibility Is the Key236
Chapter 10Mastering Tests241
Stress, Tests, and You244
Tests Results and Self-Worth246
Meeting Expectations246
It's All in Your Perspective247
You Won't Know Everything248
Taking Responsibility248
Attend to Your Body's Needs249
The Ten Rules of the Test Taking Game250
Winning Game Strategies254
Multiple-Choice Questions254
True-False Questions258
Matching Tests260
Fill-in-the-Blank Tests261
Short-Answer Questions263
Essay Tests263
Performance Tests266
Chapter 11Using Your Critical And Creative Mind271
What Are Critical and Creative Thinking?274
Common Characteristics of Critical and Creative Thinking274
Thinking Takes Time276
The Critical Mind277
Why and When to Think Critically278
How Do You Think Critically?278
Mistakes in Critical Thinking281
Point of View284
The Creative Mind286
Why and When You Need Creative Thinking286
How Do You Think Creatively?287
Divergent and Convergent Thinking289
The Brainstorming Process290
Improving Life Through Critical and Creative Thinking293
Chapter 12Finding Information On The Web298
What Is the Internet?301
Getting Connected302
Search Engines and Subject Directories302
What's On the Web?304
In Search of People304
In Search of Literature304
In Search of Reference Materials305
In Search of Graphics305
In Search of a Job306
In Search of Money307
Search Techniques309
Narrowing the Search: Adding Terms309
Narrowing the Search: Subtracting Terms309
Using Search Results313
Text by Section313
Text by Page313
Using Images313
Evaluating Web Sites315
The Reality of the Web318
Advantages of the Web319
Chapter 13Writing In The Real World322
Writing for School, Work, and Personal Life325
Writing Essays, Papers, and Reports327
Eight Steps of the Writing Process327
Writing E-mail343
Appendices
Appendix ASelf-Check Progress Chart and Final Self-Evaluation351
Appendix BEffective Note-Taking Habits359
Appendix CPre-Viewing Fiction364
Appendix DBuilding Vocabulary366
Appendix EReading Exercises376
Appendix FActivity Answer Keys393
Appendix GCiting Electronic Sources395
Appendix HRecommended Reading396
Bibliography398
Glossary400
Index407

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