Success Skills Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning

ISBN-10: 0538729635
ISBN-13: 9780538729635
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Abby Marks-Beale
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List price: $78.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cengage South-Western
Publication date: 6/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

SUCCESS SKILLS focuses on how to learn; thinking and communication skills; and technology and information management. Users learn success strategies required in today's academic and workplace environments. The five key areas of this text include: learning how to learn; becoming an active reader; listening, memory, and note-taking mastery; testing and critical thinking skills; and information gathering, research and writing skills. SUCCESS SKILLS positions learners to be successful in today's multifaceted workplace.

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 www.TheCorporateEducator.com.

Learning by Doing
Distinguishing between Active and Passive Learning
Advantages of Active Learning
Why Learning Skills Are So Important
Learning How to Learn
Becoming an Active Learner
Know Your Purpose and Responsibility
Work in a Conducive Environment
Develop a Positive Belief in Yourself
Engage in Your Learning Process
Where to Look for Help
Learn from Your Mistakes
Take Good Care of Yourself
Chapter 1 Review
Discovering Your Learning Style
What Are Learning Styles?
Sequential or Random: Which Are You?
The Sequential Learner
The Random Learner
The Balanced Learner
Learning to Flex to Other Styles
Identifying Teaching Styles
Understanding Your "Other" Teachers
Understanding Your Instructor
Understanding Your Past Instructors
The Sequential Instructor
The Random Instructor
The Balanced Instructor
Quick Ways to Assess Your Instructor's Style
Learning from Style Differences
Your Senses and Learning
Learning Style Preferences and the Computer
Other Learning Styles
Left Brain/Right Brain Theory
Social and Independent Learning Theories
Multiple Intelligences
Chapter 2 Review
Creating Concentration
Your Learning Influences
Mind Wandering: The Enemy of Concentration
Ways to Improve Concentration
Your Learning Environment
What's Around You?
15 Options for Achieving Concentration
What's on Your Mind?
Taking Control of Your Concentration
Chapter 3 Review
Learning Time Management
What Is Most Important to You?
Setting Personal Goals
Making Your Goal SMART
Choices for Spending Time
Where Does Your Time Go?
How Much Time Do You Need?
Planning Your Time
Using an Academic Calendar
Using a Weekly Project Planner
Using a Monthly Calendar
Using a Palmtop Calendar
Finding Time
Procrastination and Other Time Wasters
Study Goals and Rewards
Additional Ways to Master Your Time
Chapter 4 Review
Studying Smart
What Is a Testing Success Factor?
Being Prepared
Do Your Assignments on Time
Take Good Notes
Know What Material to Study
Know What Kind of Test Will Be Given
Optimize Your Health
Avoiding Cramming
Memorizing Versus Learning
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Learning Actively
Create an Effective Learning Environment
Find a Study Buddy
Have a Study Order
Plan Your Study Time and Breaks
Remember to Use Memory Devices
Try Acronyms
Try Mnemonic Sentences, Rhymes, or Jingles
Try Linking Ideas
Try Visualization
Anticipate Test Questions
Learning from Your Mistakes
Review Returned Tests
Figure Out What Worked...and What Didn't
Be Honest with Yourself
Ask for Help
Chapter 5 Review
Taking Notes in Class
Why Take Notes?
Preparing to Take Good Notes
The Tools for Note Taking
Effective Note-Taking Habits
Taking Notes from Instructors
Six Instructor Personality Clues
Six Instructor Verbal Clues
Predicting Test Questions
How to Take Notes
The Cornell Method of Note Taking
Mind Mapping
Chapter 6 Review
Taking Notes from Reading Material
"Just Reading" Versus Active Reading
Effective Highlighting
Creating Margin Notes
Summary-in-the-Margin Notes
Question-in-the-Margin Notes
Combining Margin Notes and Effective Highlighting
Studying with Margin Notes
Taking Full Notes
About Fiction Note Taking
Chapter 7 Review
Improving Reading Comprehension
What Active Readers Know and Do
The Difference Between Nonfiction and Fiction
Finding Your Purpose and Reading Responsibility
Pre-Viewing
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Book
Pre-Viewing a Nonfiction Chapter or Article
Building Vocabulary
Using Background Knowledge
Vocabulary of Your Trade
Chapter 8 Review
Revving Up Your Reading
The Reading Gears
Learning to Read More in Less Time
Unlearning to Relearn
THE Reason to Read Faster
How to Increase Your Reading Speed
Reading Key Words
Reading Phrases
Using Pacers
Combining Your Reading Tools
Skimming and Scanning
What Is Skimming?
What Is Scanning?
Adjusting Your Reading Speed
Three Factors for Determining Reading Speed
When to Speed Up and When to Slow Down
Flexibility Is the Key
Chapter 9 Review
Mastering Tests
Stress, Tests, and You
Tests Results and Self-Worth
Meeting Expectations
It's All in Your Perspective
You Won't Know Everything
Take Responsibility and Learn from Past Mistakes
Take Care of Your Body
The Ten Rules of the Test-Taking Game
Act as if You Will Succeed
Arrive Ahead of Time
Bring the Essential Testing Tools
Ignore Panic Pushers
Pre-View the Playing Field
Write in the Margin
Complete the Easy Questions First
Know if There Is a Guessing Penalty
Avoid Changing Your Answers
Write Clearly and Neatly
What You Need to Know about Computer-Based Tests
Winning Game Strategies
Multiple-Choice Questions
True-False Questions
Matching Tests
Fill-in-the-Blank Tests
Short-Answer Questions
Essay Tests
Performance Tests
Chapter 10 Review
Using Your Critical and Creative Mind
What Are Critical and Creative Thinking?
Common Characteristics of Critical and Creative Thinking
Thinking Takes Time
Your Critical Mind
Why and When to Think Critically
How Do You Think Critically?
Mistakes in Critical Thinking
Point of View
Your Creative Mind
Why and When You Need Creative Thinking
How Do You Think Creatively?
Divergent and Convergent Thinking
The Brainstorming Process
Improving Your Life with Thinking
The 20-Minute Problem-Solving Model
Seven Thinking Skills that Improve Your Life
Chapter 11 Review
Reading and Researching Online
The Internet and the World Wide Web
Getting Connected
Search Engines and Subject Directories
Search Techniques
Designing the Search
Clarifying the Search
Reading on Screen
Physical Appearance of Text
Pacers
Researching Online
Avoiding Online Distractions
Pre-Viewing Online Documents
Saving Search Results
Evaluating Online Sources
D = Dependable
S = Says Who?
O = Objective
U = Understandable
R = Recent
C = Complete
E = Evidence
Wikis, Blogs, Feeds, and Podcasts
Wikis
Blogs
RSS Feeds
Podcasts
Chapter 12 Review
Writing in the Real World
Writing for School, Work, and Personal Life
Writing Essays, Papers, and Reports
Creating Time to Write
Deciding on a Topic
Doing Research
Creating a Thesis Statement
Creating an Outline
Writing the Rough Draft
Revising the Rough Draft
Creating the Final Draft
Writing E-mail
Send E-mail to the Right People
Write an Informative, Specific, and Engaging Subject Line
Bottom-Line Your Message
Be Brief
Use Spaces and Paragraph Breaks for Readability
Provide the Reader with an Easy Way to Reply
Be as Personal as the Situation Allows
Avoid Sarcasm
Proof It
Wait a Moment Before Pressing Send
Chapter 13 Review
Recommended Reading
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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