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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, 2nd Edition, promotes student success by providing strategies and processes that will help readers discover their abilities and reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond. The 160 page brief text, perfect for first year experience courses, orientation courses, and other short programs, allows readers to focus on core concepts integral for success in an easy-to-read, short article format. Each page invites readers to put new ideas into action immediately and select additional strategies as they plan for their future. With the Discovery Wheel, a new design and the addition of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, 2nd Edition, continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students.

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"THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT is appropriately structured to meet the needs of a 2 hour course. I expect that it would be equally effective and usable for a 1 hour course or even a 3 hour course."

"THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT's greatest strength, in all honesty, would be the sincerity of the book. The features convey a sense that the authors are seriously, personally interested in the academic success of their student audience."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495913719
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT is based on Dave Ellis' best-selling textbook,BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT. Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Dave got started in education in 1976, when he taught junior high school math. After getting a Master's Degree in mathematics, he taught computer science at a college for six years where he became Assistant Dean of Student Services. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993. Dave Ellis puts into practice the principles he teaches, utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. His friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company. He is founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working toward world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights, and personal transformation. Ellis has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and to other organizations. You can visit Ellis's website at Dave Ellis resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Front Matter Title page Copyright page Advisory Board Acknowledgment and testimonials 1. GETTING STARTED AND GETTING INVOLVED Making the transition to higher education: Five things you can do now. Discover what you want from this chapter. Start with the Discovery Wheel. The essentials of mastery. Success in three words. Values . . . the invisible link to success. Get the most from this book. Campus resources—You paid for them, so use them. Critical Thinking Experiment: Why are you in school? Commit to Action: Who are you bringing with you? Master Students in Action. Power Process: Discover what you want. 2. USING YOUR LEARNING STYLES. Learning styles: Discovering how you learn. Discover what you want from this chapter. Learning Style Inventory. Critical Thinking Experiment: Take a snapshot of your learning styles. Scoring your Inventory. Learning Style Graph. Commit to Action: Create value from learning styles. Using your learning style profile to succeed. Two more views of learning styles. Power Process: Risk being a fool. 3. TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY. Taking Charge of Your Time and Money. You've got the time—and the money. Discover what you want from this chapter.Commit to Action: Give your goals some teeth. Seven ways to take back your time. Forget about time management—just get things done. Commit to Action: Discover where your time goes. Procrastination unplugged. 10 things you can do in 10 minutes (or less). Put an end to money worries. Critical Thinking Experiment: Reflect on your money life. Power Process: Be here now. 4. ACHIEVING YOUR PURPOSE FOR READING. Reading essentials. Discover what you want from this chapter. Question your text. Create outlines from headings. Read for answers. Eight ways to overcome confusion. Critical Thinking Experiment: "Dear author—I don't necessarily agree." Review the answers. Five ways to read with children underfoot. Decoding the deadly textbook: Three key strategies. Commit to Action: Experiment with active reading. Power Process: Ideas are tools. 5. PARTICIPATING IN CLASS AND TAKING NOTES. Note taking essentials. Discover what you want from this chapter. Set the stage for note taking. Take effective notes for online learning. Show up for class. Cope with fast-talking teachers. Critical Thinking Experiment: Listen for key points. Capture key words. Short and sweet—Remember to abrevi8. Predict test questions. Play with note-taking formats. Taking notes while reading. Mine your notes for added value. 5 ways to improve your handwriting. Commit to Action: Transform your note-taking. Power Process: Love your problems. 6. MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMORY AND MASTERING TESTS. Grades: The truth. Discover what you want from this chapter. Be ready for your next test. Seven things to do with your study group. Memory superchargers—the "six R's." Keep your brain fit for life. Test-taking errors—and ways to avoid them. Critical Thinking Experiment: Turn "F" into feedback. Relax—it's just a test. Math essentials. Commit to Action: Transform your experience of tests. Power Process: Detach. 7. THINKING CLEARLY AND COMMUNICATING YOUR IDEAS. Thinking: A survival skill. Discover what you want from this chapter. Ways to create ideas. Critical Thinking Experiment: Discover the joy of bafflement. Ways to refine ideas. Don't fool yourself: Common mistakes in logic. Strategies for effective writing Writing and delivering a presentation. Commit to Action: Take the next step in finding your speaking voice. Power Process: Find a bigger problem. 8. CREATING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS. Notice your "people pictures"—and let them go. Discover what you want from this chapter. Create relationships with integrity. Thriving in a diverse world. 12 tools for deep listening. 7 steps to effective complaints. Commit to Action: Practice the art of saying no. 5 ways to resolve conflict. Commit to Action: Write an "I" message. Critical Thinking Experiment: Try on a new interpretation. Leading high-performance teams. You are already a leader. Power Process: Choose your conversations. 9. CHOOSING GREATER HEALTH Wake up to health. Discover what you want from this chapter. Commit to Action: Take a fearless look at your health. Choose your fuel. Prevent and treat eating disorders. Choose to exercise. 10 ways to stay healthy in (almost) no time. Choose freedom from stress. Critical Thinking Experiment: Addiction—how do I know? Alcohol and other drugs: The truth. Protect yourself. Power Process: Surrender. 10. CHOOSING YOUR MAJOR AND PLANNING YOUR CAREER Give up the myth of "some day." Discover what you want from this chapter. Discovering the skilled person you already are. 65 transferable skills. Commit to Action: Inventory your skills. Four ways to choose your major. Commit to Action: Declare your major today. Create your career. Commit to Action: Plan your career now. Finding your place in the new world of work. Critical Thinking Experiment: Examine beliefs about careers and jobs. The Discovery Wheel reloaded. Commit to Action: Create your future with a lifeline. Power Process: I create it all. Back matter.

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