Emphasizing critical thinking, College Reading and Study Skills approaches reading and study skills as active learning processes. Chapter on Reading Electronic Sources demonstrates the why and how of reading Web materials and electronic learning aids. Learning experiments help readers gain a better understanding of the principle presented in each chapter. Thematic readings create a framework so readers can practice critical thinking skills and make connections. Readings are drawn from a variety of sources, including newspapers, journal articles and Web pages. Visual aids, diagrams, tables, charts, etc. found throughout the book help visual learners process important information. Important study skills such as setting goals, understanding learning style and taking notes are covered in-depth in their own chapters. For those interested in developing their reading and study skills.
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About the Author
Kathleen T. McWhorter is the author of more than a dozen textbooks designed to help students succeed in college. Born in a rural farm community in Upstate New York, she went on to receive her Ed.D. from SUNY Buffalo. For 34 years she taught at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY, where she is professor emerita of humanities. Through her textbooks, Dr. McWhorter has helped an estimated 500,000 students improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Table of Contents
Student Review Panel.
Learn Everything You Can in the First Week.
Get the Most out of Your Textbooks.
Polish Your Academic Image.
Participate in Class.
Strengthen Your Concentration.
I. BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS.
1. Setting Goals and Managing Your Time.
Establishing Your Goals and Priorities.
Analyzing Your Time Commitments.
Building a Term Plan.
Building Your Weekly Schedule.
Time-Saving Tips for Students with Busy Schedules.
Fighting the Tendency to Procrastinate.
2. Learning Style and Learning Strategies.
Analyzing Your Learning Style.
Understanding Your Instructors' Teaching Styles.
Meeting Your Instructors' Expectations.
Developing Active Learning Strategies.
3. Understanding How Learning and Memory Work.
How People Learn and Remember.
Improving Encoding, Storage, and Retrieval.
4. Taking Notes in Class.
Sharpening Your Listening Skills.
Preparing for a Class Lecture.
How to Take Lecture Notes.
How to Edit Your Notes.
How to Study Your Notes.
II. READING TEXTBOOKS AND ASSIGNMENTS.
5. Active Reading Strategies.
Prereading and Predicting.
Discovering What You Already Know.
Defining Your Purposes for Reading.
Checking Your Comprehension.
Strengthening Your Comprehension.
6. Understanding Paragraphs.
Three Essential Elements of a Paragraph.
How toIdentify the Topic.
How to Find the Main Idea.
Where to Find the Topic Sentence.
Unstated Main Ideas.
7. Following Thought Patterns.
The Organization of Textbook Chapters.
The Structure of Articles and Essays.
Types of Supporting Information.
Recognizing Organizational Patterns.
8. Reading Graphics and Technical Writing.
Types of Graphics.
Reading Technical Writing.
9. Reading Electronic Sources.
The Features of a Web Site.
How to Locate Electronic Sources on the Web.
How to Evaluate Internet Sources.
Why Electronic Text Requires New Reading Strategies.
Developing New Ways of Thinking and Reading.
Electronic Learning Aids.
10. Critical Thinking and Reading.
Asking Questions: The Key to Critical Thinking.
III. DEVELOPING YOUR VOCABULARY.
11. Expanding Your Vocabulary.
General Approaches to Vocabulary Expansion.
Using Reference Sources.
Learning Specialized Terminology.
Systems of Learning Vocabulary.
12. Using Context and Word Parts.
A Strategy for Learning Unfamiliar Words.
Using Context Clues.
Analyzing Word Parts.
IV. STUDYING TEXTBOOKS.
13. Textbook Highlighting and Marking.
The Problem of Textbook Review.
How to Highlight Textbooks.
Aspects of Effective Highlighting.
Testing Your Highlighting.
Marking a Textbook.
14. Methods of Organizing Information.
Organizing by Outlining.
Mapping: A Visual Means of Organizing Ideas.
15. Study and Review Strategies.
Learning Through Writing.
A Classic System: SQ3R.
Updating and Revising the SQ3R System.
Adapting Your System for Different Academic Disciplines.
V. STUDYING FOR EXAMS.
16. Preparing for Exams.
Organizing Your Study and Review.
Identifying What to Study.
Analyzing and Synthesizing Information.
Learning and Memorizing.
17. Taking Exams.
General Suggestions for Taking Exams.
Hints for Taking Objective Exams.
Hints for Taking Standardized Tests.
Hints for Taking Essay Exams.
Controlling Test Anxiety.
VI. READING FLEXIBILITY.
18. Improving Your Reading Rate and Flexibility.
Building Your Reading Rate.
Developing Your Reading Flexibility.
VII. THEMATIC READINGS.
A. Body Adornment (Sociology/Cultural Anthropology).
"From Bear Teeth to Pearls: Why We Adorn Ourselves".
"The Decorated Body".
B. Men's and Women's Communication (Communication).
"Communication Between Women and Men".
"The Talk of the Sandbox: How Johnny and Suzy's Playground Chatter Prepares Them for Life at the Office".
"Communication Between Sexes: A War of the Words?"
C. Endangered and Extinct Species (Biology).
"The Rapid Loss of Species".
"The Last of Their Kind".
"Causes of Habitat Loss and Species Endangerment".
D. Computers and Privacy (Business/Computer Technology).
"No Secrets: Computers and Privacy".
"Losing Your Good Name Online".
"Food for Thought about Internet Advertising".
E. Multicultural Identity (Humanities/Literature).
"Child of the Americas".
"On Being Blackanese".
"Kipling and I".
Stay Healthy and Relaxed.
Use Computers as a Learning Tool.
Work With Your Classmates.
Make Effective Oral Presentations.
Appendix: Preparing and Writing Research Papers.
Limited Answer Key.