College Success Guide: Top 12 Secrets for Student Success

College Success Guide: Top 12 Secrets for Student Success

by Karine Blackett, Patricia Weiss

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Overview

Stop Trying So Hard and Start Achieving, No matter who you are-a teenager who's trying to find a career or an adult who's trying to change careers or anyone who's trying to juggle multiple responsibilities-earning a college degree is a challenge. But it doesn't have to be a struggle. Students across the nation and around the world have used the strategies in this book to accomplish their academic goals. But this is no one-size-fits-all approach. Whether you go to classes on campus or online, full-time or part-time, you can choose the strategies that fit the way you learn. This book presents proven methods to help you, Retain what you read, Handle test stress, Find your learning style, Study efficiently, Make the most of online classes, Stay positive, Accomplish your goals, Locate useful information, Write academic papers, Learn from and share with others, Focus on your work, Maintain school/life balance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593578534
Publisher: JIST Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.36(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xvi

Chapter 1 Study Skills 1

Reading Tools 1

Previewing 2

Prereading 2

Combining Previewing and Prereading 4

Highlighting and Annotating 4

Note-Taking Tools 5

Taking Lecture Notes 5

Reviewing with Note Cards 8

Study Tools 8

Chunking 9

Murder 9

Mnemonic Devices 10

Mind Maps 12

Online Class Tools 13

Handling the Technology 13

Getting the Required Materials 14

Being Proactive 15

Conclusion 16

Chapter 2 Test-Taking Skills 21

Test Preparation Tools 21

Test-Taking Tools for Specific Types of Questions 22

True/False Question Tools 23

Multiple-Choice Question Tools 24

Short-Answer or Fill-in-the-Blank Question Tools 25

Matching Questions 25

Essay Question Tools 26

Essay Exam Preparation Tools 26

A Step-by-Step Approach to Answering Essay Questions 26

Additional Essay Question Tools 30

Keywords in Essay Questions 31

Test Anxiety Tools 32

Prepare Physically 32

Prepare Mentally 33

Overcome Test Anxiety 34

Conclusion 36

Chapter 3 Perception, Learning Styles, and Personality 41

Perception 41

Learning Styles 42

Visual Learners 44

Auditory Learners 45

Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners 45

Sources for Additional Help 47

Online Learners and Learning Styles 47

Personality Assessment 47

The Jung Typology Test 48

Color-Based Personality Assessments 52

Other Assessments 53

Conclusion 54

Chapter 4 Organization 57

Start with Your Location 57

Monitor Your Schedule 58

Organize Logistically 59

Learn Additional Organization Secrets from Successful Students 61

Handle Special Organizational Situations 61

Organize Around Families 62

Organize for Online Learning 62

Conclusion 64

Chapter 5 Attitude 67

Realize That Input Equals Output 67

Use Patience to Produce Results 69

Make Good Impressions 70

Be Tough 70

Focus on Your Strengths 71

Challenge the Challenges 72

Be Aware of Scotomas 72

Dare to Be Great 73

Conclusion 74

Chapter 6 Goal Setting 77

Set SMART Goals 78

See the End 79

Check Your Attitude 79

Have Faith 80

Recognize That a Goal Without Work Is a Wish 81

Plan for Setbacks 84

Stay Focused in Online Classes 84

Reward Yourself 85

Conclusion 85

Chapter 7 Basic Research Skills 87

Become Information Literate 87

Know How to Locate Reliable, Valid Information 88

The Three General Categories of Resources 89

Campus Information Sources 90

Begin Your Research with Books 91

Hard Copy Books 91

Electronic Books 91

Become Comfortable with Using Periodicals in Your Research 93

Scholarly or Research Journals 93

Magazines 94

Professional or Trade Journals 95

Hard Copy Periodicals 95

Electronic Resources 96

Use Interlibrary Loans 99

Approach the World Wide Web with Caution 99

Conclusion 102

Chapter 8 Research Paper Writing 109

The Academic Writing Process 109

Decide on the Topic 110

Take Notes 111

Sort the Information 111

Craft a Thesis Statement 112

Prepare an Outline 112

Write a Rough Draft 112

Polish the Final Draft 113

Important Issues in Writing Research Papers 114

Use the Required Style 114

Cite Right 115

Cheating and Plagiarism 116

Conclusion 117

Chapter 9 Synergy 121

Relationship Styles 121

The Lone Ranger 121

Cohorts 122

The Others 122

The Win-Win of Synergy 123

Be Assertive 123

Keep an Open Mind 124

Be Personal 124

Network and Share 124

Don't Bail 125

Synergy for Online Students 125

Conclusion 126

Chapter 10 Motivation 131

Success Principles in Motivation 131

Visualize the Reward 133

Overcome Motivation Roadblocks 133

Build on Small Victories 134

Balance Your Life 134

Surround Yourself with Winners 135

Motivation Versus Enthusiasm 135

Conclusion 136

Chapter 11 Time and Energy Management 139

The Keys to Time Management 139

Plan Ahead 140

Learn When to Say "Yes" and When to Say "No" 140

Avoid Procrastination 140

Establish a Routine 141

Prioritize 141

Map Your Time 144

Energy Management 144

Ten Time Management Principles for Online Learners 145

Conclusion 148

Chapter 12 Stress Management 155

Types of Stress 155

Positive Stress 156

Negative Stress 156

Causes of Stress 157

Stress in Your Personal Life 158

Stress in the Workplace 158

Stress from Academic Pursuits 159

Ways to Relieve Stress 159

Know Your Limits 159

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits 160

Exercise 160

Stay Positive 161

Take Some Time for Yourself 161

Make Time for a Hobby 161

Listen to Relaxing Music 162

Meditate 162

Soak in the Tub 163

Watch Bits and Pieces of a Favorite Movie 164

Treat Yourself to a Massage 164

Use These Additional Stress Busters 164

Conclusion 165

Appendix: Websites, References, and Readings 169

Chapter 1 Study Skills 170

Websites 170

Additional Resources 171

Chapter 2 Test-Taking Skills 172

Websites 172

Additional Resources 172

Chapter 3 Perception, Learning Styles, and Personality 173

Websites 173

Additional Resources 173

Chapter 4 Organization 174

Websites 174

Additional Resources 175

Chapter 5 Attitude 175

Websites 175

Additional Resources 175

Chapter 6 Goal Setting 176

Websites 176

Additional Resources 177

Chapter 7 Basic Research Skills 177

Websites 177

Additional Resources 178

Chapter 8 Research Paper Writing 178

Websites 178

Additional Resources 179

Chapter 9 Synergy 179

Websites 179

Additional Resources 180

Chapter 10 Motivation 180

Websites 180

Additional Resources 181

Chapter 11 Time and Energy Management 181

Websites 181

Additional Resources 182

Chapter 12 Stress Management 182

Websites 182

Additional Resources 184

Index 185

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