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

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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.
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Equips users with study and learning skills required in today's academic and workplace settings. Focus is on learning how to learn, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and managing information. Information is delivered in many bite-sized boxes and tips, as well as longer explanations and examples. Includes many worksheets. This is the second edition of . This edition has new workplace scenarios, more self-assessment and critical thinking activities, and additional case studies and ethics features. The author is a corporate learning specialist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538723770
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/3/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Abby Marks Beale is the founder of The Corporate Educator (formerly The Reading Edge), a speaking and training business that specializes in helping busy people work smarter, faster, and just plain better. She is also the creator of "Rev It Up Reading," a popular open enrollment workshop that helps experienced readers get up to speed with what they read. Her extensive client list includes Fortune 500 companies, associations, schools, government agencies, and individuals. She is a member of the ASCD Faculty (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development), an exclusive team of expert consultants who craft, design, and deliver individualized professional development programs for educators. Abby is also the author of 10 Days to Faster Reading (Warner Books, 2001). Abby holds a B.A. in Spanish from Boston University and an M.S. in Adult Learning from Southern Connecticut State University. For more information, log on to Abby's web site at

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Learning by Doing 1
Distinguishing Between Active and Passive Learning 4
Advantages of Active Learning 6
On Becoming an Active Learner 9
Know Your Purpose and Responsibility 9
Work in a Conducive Environment 11
Develop a Positive Belief in Yourself 11
Engage in Your Learning Process 15
Where to Look for Help 19
Learn from Your Mistakes 21
Take Good Care of Yourself 22
Chapter 2 Discovering Your Learning Styles 28
What Are Learning Styles 31
Sequential or Random: Which Are You? 32
The Sequential Learner/The Random Learner 33
The Balanced Learner 34
Learning to Flex to Other Styles 35
Identifying Teaching Styles 36
The Sequential Instructor/The Random Instructor 38
The Balanced Instructor 39
Quick Ways to Assess Your Instructor's Style 39
Learning from Style Differences 41
Your Senses and Learning 42
Other Learning Styles 47
Left Brain/Right Brain Theory 47
Social and Independent Learning Theories 47
Multiple Intelligences 47
Chapter 3 Creating Concentration 52
Your Learning Influences 55
Mind Wandering: The Enemy of Concentration 56
Ways to Improve Concentration 58
Your Learning Environments 60
What's Around You 60
15 Options for Achieving Concentration 61
What's On Your Mind? 65
Taking Control of Your Concentration 67
Chapter 4 Learning Time Management 71
What Is Most Important To You? 74
Where Does Your Time Go? 78
How Much Time Do You Need? 85
Planning Your Time 87
Using an Academic Calendar 87
Using a Weekly Project Planner 91
Using a Monthly Calendar 95
Using a Palmtop Calendar 95
Finding Time 96
Proscrastination and Other Time Wasters 98
Study Goals and Rewards 100
Additional Ways to Master Your Time 101
Chapter 5 Study Smart 106
What Is a Testing Success Factor? 109
Being Prepared 110
Do Your Assignments on Time 111
Take Good Notes 112
Know What Material to Study 112
Know What Kind of Test Will Be Given 112
Optimize Your Health 115
Avoiding Cramming 116
Memorizing Versus Learning 117
Learning Actively 119
Create an Effective Learning Environment 119
Find a Study Buddy 119
Have a Study Order 120
Plan Your Study Time and Breaks 121
Remember to Use Memory Devices 123
Anticipating Test Questions 129
Learning from Your Mistakes 130
Chapter 6 Taking Notes From Lecture 136
Why Take Notes From People? 139
Preparing To Take Notes 141
The Tools for Note Taking 141
Effective Note Taking Habits 142
Taking Notes From Instructors 143
Six Instructor Personality Clues 144
Six Instructor Verbal Clues 145
Predicting Test Questions 147
How To Take Notes 149
The Cornell Method of Note Taking 149
Mind Mapping 154
Chapter 7 Taking Notes From Reading Material 161
Just Reading Versus Active Reading 164
Effective Highlighting 165
Creating Margin Notes 169
Summary-in-the-Margin Notes 170
Question-in-the-Margin Notes 171
Combining Margin Notes and Effective Highlighting 172
Studying With Margin Notes 172
Taking Full Notes 172
About Fiction Note Taking 176
Chapter 8 Reading Comprehension Skills 179
What Active Readers Know and Do 182
The Difference Between Nonfiction and Fiction 184
Finding Your Purpose and Reading Responsibility 185
Pre-Viewing 187
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Book 188
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Chapter or Article 192
Building Vocabulary 199
Using Background Knowledge 199
Using a Dictionary 203
Vocabulary of Your Trade 206
Chapter 9 Survival Reading Skills 211
The Reading Gears 214
Learning To Read More In Less Time 217
Unlearning to Relearn 217
THE Reason to Read Faster 218
How To Increase Your Reading Speed 219
Reading Key Words 220
Reading Phrases 222
Using Pacers 224
Combining Your Reading Tools 226
Skimming and Scanning 227
Adjusting Your Reading Speed 235
Three Factors for Determining Reading Speed 235
When to Speed Up and When to Slow Down 235
Flexibility Is the Key 236
Chapter 10 Mastering Tests 241
Stress, Tests, and You 244
Tests Results and Self-Worth 246
Meeting Expectations 246
It's All in Your Perspective 247
You Won't Know Everything 248
Taking Responsibility 248
Attend to Your Body's Needs 249
The Ten Rules of the Test Taking Game 250
Winning Game Strategies 254
Multiple-Choice Questions 254
True-False Questions 258
Matching Tests 260
Fill-in-the-Blank Tests 261
Short-Answer Questions 263
Essay Tests 263
Performance Tests 266
Chapter 11 Using Your Critical And Creative Mind 271
What Are Critical and Creative Thinking? 274
Common Characteristics of Critical and Creative Thinking 274
Thinking Takes Time 276
The Critical Mind 277
Why and When to Think Critically 278
How Do You Think Critically? 278
Mistakes in Critical Thinking 281
Point of View 284
The Creative Mind 286
Why and When You Need Creative Thinking 286
How Do You Think Creatively? 287
Divergent and Convergent Thinking 289
The Brainstorming Process 290
Improving Life Through Critical and Creative Thinking 293
Chapter 12 Finding Information On The Web 298
What Is the Internet? 301
Getting Connected 302
Search Engines and Subject Directories 302
What's On the Web? 304
In Search of People 304
In Search of Literature 304
In Search of Reference Materials 305
In Search of Graphics 305
In Search of a Job 306
In Search of Money 307
Search Techniques 309
Narrowing the Search: Adding Terms 309
Narrowing the Search: Subtracting Terms 309
Using Search Results 313
Text by Section 313
Text by Page 313
Using Images 313
Evaluating Web Sites 315
The Reality of the Web 318
Advantages of the Web 319
Chapter 13 Writing In The Real World 322
Writing for School, Work, and Personal Life 325
Writing Essays, Papers, and Reports 327
Eight Steps of the Writing Process 327
Writing E-mail 343
Appendix A Self-Check Progress Chart and Final Self-Evaluation 351
Appendix B Effective Note-Taking Habits 359
Appendix C Pre-Viewing Fiction 364
Appendix D Building Vocabulary 366
Appendix E Reading Exercises 376
Appendix F Activity Answer Keys 393
Appendix G Citing Electronic Sources 395
Appendix H Recommended Reading 396
Bibliography 398
Glossary 400
Index 407
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