Keys to Success: How to Achieve Your Goals, Brief / Edition 2

Keys to Success: How to Achieve Your Goals, Brief / Edition 2

ISBN-10:
0130304859
ISBN-13:
9780130304858
Pub. Date:
11/22/2000
Publisher:
Pearson Education

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Keys to Success: How to Achieve Your Goals, Brief / Edition 2

Learn-by-doing in approach and exceptionally broad-based in perspective, this best-selling guide to success in college, work, and life is based on the premise that if readers know themselves and can think critically about any topic or situation, they will succeed in whatever they do. Includes straight talk and a variety of activities for thinking, teamwork, career and goal planning, writing, using the Internet, etc. Content focuses on issues that touch the lives of all kinds of diverse students/readers—from urban community college students to returning adults to working students to students of any age, race, gender, family and marital status, economic situation, or other unique identification. Features inspiring and motivating Personal Triumph scenarios involving famous and ordinary people from here and abroad. Quick Start to College: A Guide to Knowing What to Do, How to Do It, and Where to Get Help. Welcome to College: Opening Doors. Self-Awareness: Knowing How You Learn and How to Choose a Major. Goal Setting and Time Management: Using Values to Map Your Course. Critical and Creative Thinking: Becoming an Active Learner. Reading and Studying: Focusing on Content. Listening, Memory, and Note Taking: Taking In, Retaining, and Recording Information. Researching and Writing: Gathering and Communicating Ideas. Test Taking: Showing What You Know. Relating to Others: Living in a Diverse World. Wellness and Stress Management: Taking Care of Yourself. Managing Career and Money: Reality Resources. Moving Ahead: Building a Flexible Future. For college students and anyone wanting a primer on how to be successful in school, at work, or inlife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780130304858
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/22/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.20(d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

OWNER'S MANUAL—READ THIS FIRST

You are living in a world of enormous change, a world where technology turns imaginative visions into reality, where people from every possible land and culture are in communication with one another, where new opportunities are created as quickly as old opportunities fade away. The world may seem bright with promise, or it may appear to be a confusing array of choices—what to study, what career to pursue, what lifestyle to adopt, what to believe.

There are two keys to getting where you want to go. The first is awareness. Only when you are aware of information, possibilities, choices, and situations can you hope to take what you need from them. The second key is responsibility. Even the most aware person is only halfway there without action. Responsibility leads you to that crucial second step—making choices and taking action—using what you have learned through your awareness.

Awareness

Being aware of the features in Keys to Success, and how to use them, will help you maximize the time and effort you put into your education.

Lifelong learning. Self-management strategies are useful far beyond the classroom. The ideas and information that will help you succeed in school are the same ones that will bring you success in your career and personal life. Therefore, this book focuses on success strategies as they apply to school, work, and life, not just to the classroom.

Thinking skills. Being able to remember facts and figures won't do you much good at school or beyond unless you can put that information towork through clear and competent thinking. This book has a chapter that will introduce the building blocks to competent thinking. You will also see how to combine those actions in order to perform thinking processes such as problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning.

Skill-building exercises. Today's graduates need to be effective thinkers, team players, writers, and strategic planners. The set of exercises at the end of each chapter-"Building Skills for College, Career, and Life Success"-will encourage you to develop these valuable career skills and to apply thinking processes to any topic or situation.

  • Critical Thinking: Applying Learning to Life. This group of exercises encourages you to apply critical thinking to the chapter material as it relates to your personal needs and goals.
  • Teamwork: Combining Forces. This exercise gives you a chance to interact and learn in a group setting, building your teamwork and leadership skills in the process.
  • Writing: Discovery Through Journaling. This journal-writing exercise provides an opportunity for you to express your thoughts and develop your writing ability.
  • Career Portfolio: Charting Your Course. This exercise enables you to gather evidence of your uniqueness, qualifications, experience, and progress. At the end of the semester you will have a packet of information that will be invaluable in your quest for a fulfilling career.

Diversity of voice. The world is becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, perspective, culture, lifestyle, race, choices, abilities, needs, and more. Because every student, instructor, course, and school is unique, one point of view can't apply to everyone. Therefore, many voices will speak to you from these pages. What you read will address your needs and offer ideas:

  • Windows on the World appears once per chapter and highlights the personal experiences of two individuals. In it, one person presents a question about an issue in his or her life, and another person who has had similar experiences responds with advice.
  • Examples throughout the text deal with the great variety of situations students face—working while in school, dealing with particular financial needs, parenting, supporting various lifestyles and schedules, and so on.
  • Summaries for each chapter will introduce to you a word or phrase from a language other than English, and will suggest how you might apply the meaning of that word or phrase to your own life.

Responsibility

Now that you are aware of what is available to you within these pages, the next step depends on your responsibility—your "ability to respond." In this case, responding—taking responsibility—means first reading the book and then taking action to use what you have learned, so that you can create' options and opportunity in your life.

You are responsible for your education, your growth, your knowledge, and your future. If you know yourself, choose the best paths available to you, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve in school, the workplace, and your personal life. We can offer helpful suggestions, strategies, ideas, and systems, but ultimately it's up to you to use them. Take whatever fits your unique self with all of your special features, needs, and wants, and create the life you want to lead. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education—now you can build the future of your dreams.

Table of Contents

1. Becoming a Lifelong Learner: Opening Doors.
2. Goal Setting and Time Management: Mapping Your Course.
3. Self-Awareness: Knowing Who You Are and How You Learn.
4. Critical and Creative Thinking: Tapping the Power of Your Mind.
5. Reading, Studying, and Using the Library: Maximizing Written Resources.
6. Note Taking and Writing: Harnessing the Power of Words and Ideas.
7. Listening, Memory and Test Taking: Taking in, Retaining, and Demonstrating Knowledge.
8. Relating to Others: Appreciating Your Diverse World.
9. Managing Career and Money: Reality Resources.
10. Moving Ahead: Building a Flexible Future.

Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

OWNER'S MANUAL—READ THIS FIRST

You are living in a world of enormous change, a world where technology turns imaginative visions into reality, where people from every possible land and culture are in communication with one another, where new opportunities are created as quickly as old opportunities fade away. The world may seem bright with promise, or it may appear to be a confusing array of choices—what to study, what career to pursue, what lifestyle to adopt, what to believe.

There are two keys to getting where you want to go. The first is awareness. Only when you are aware of information, possibilities, choices, and situations can you hope to take what you need from them. The second key is responsibility. Even the most aware person is only halfway there without action. Responsibility leads you to that crucial second step—making choices and taking action—using what you have learned through your awareness.

Awareness

Being aware of the features in Keys to Success, and how to use them, will help you maximize the time and effort you put into your education.

Lifelong learning. Self-management strategies are useful far beyond the classroom. The ideas and information that will help you succeed in school are the same ones that will bring you success in your career and personal life. Therefore, this book focuses on success strategies as they apply to school, work, and life, not just to the classroom.

Thinking skills. Being able to remember facts and figures won't do you much good at school or beyond unless you can put that information toworkthrough clear and competent thinking. This book has a chapter that will introduce the building blocks to competent thinking. You will also see how to combine those actions in order to perform thinking processes such as problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning.

Skill-building exercises. Today's graduates need to be effective thinkers, team players, writers, and strategic planners. The set of exercises at the end of each chapter-"Building Skills for College, Career, and Life Success"-will encourage you to develop these valuable career skills and to apply thinking processes to any topic or situation.

  • Critical Thinking: Applying Learning to Life. This group of exercises encourages you to apply critical thinking to the chapter material as it relates to your personal needs and goals.
  • Teamwork: Combining Forces. This exercise gives you a chance to interact and learn in a group setting, building your teamwork and leadership skills in the process.
  • Writing: Discovery Through Journaling. This journal-writing exercise provides an opportunity for you to express your thoughts and develop your writing ability.
  • Career Portfolio: Charting Your Course. This exercise enables you to gather evidence of your uniqueness, qualifications, experience, and progress. At the end of the semester you will have a packet of information that will be invaluable in your quest for a fulfilling career.

Diversity of voice. The world is becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, perspective, culture, lifestyle, race, choices, abilities, needs, and more. Because every student, instructor, course, and school is unique, one point of view can't apply to everyone. Therefore, many voices will speak to you from these pages. What you read will address your needs and offer ideas:

  • Windows on the World appears once per chapter and highlights the personal experiences of two individuals. In it, one person presents a question about an issue in his or her life, and another person who has had similar experiences responds with advice.
  • Examples throughout the text deal with the great variety of situations students face—working while in school, dealing with particular financial needs, parenting, supporting various lifestyles and schedules, and so on.
  • Summaries for each chapter will introduce to you a word or phrase from a language other than English, and will suggest how you might apply the meaning of that word or phrase to your own life.

Responsibility

Now that you are aware of what is available to you within these pages, the next step depends on your responsibility—your "ability to respond." In this case, responding—taking responsibility—means first reading the book and then taking action to use what you have learned, so that you can create' options and opportunity in your life.

You are responsible for your education, your growth, your knowledge, and your future. If you know yourself, choose the best paths available to you, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve in school, the workplace, and your personal life. We can offer helpful suggestions, strategies, ideas, and systems, but ultimately it's up to you to use them. Take whatever fits your unique self with all of your special features, needs, and wants, and create the life you want to lead. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education—now you can build the future of your dreams.

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