How to Study in College

ISBN-10: 1439084467
ISBN-13: 9781439084465
Edition: 10th 2011
List price: $163.95
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Description: This best-selling book has helped over a million students transform adequate work into academic success. The Tenth Edition maintains the straightforward and traditional academic format that has made it the leading study skills text in the market.  More...

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List price: $163.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.870

This best-selling book has helped over a million students transform adequate work into academic success. The Tenth Edition maintains the straightforward and traditional academic format that has made it the leading study skills text in the market. HOW TO STUDY IN COLLEGE provides an added focus on the three-step path to study success: to be a successful student you need to build a strong study skills foundation and then gain, retain, and explain information. Users will find it easier to gauge their progress and place their academic activity in clearer context when they think of their coursework in these terms.

A true pioneer in the field of study skills, Dr. Walter Pauk has been dispensing common-sense advice to students for more than half a century. Pauk led the way in advocating the now popular wide margin note-taking strategy commonly known as the Cornell System. A licensed psychologist and trusted teacher, Pauk was director of the Reading-Study Center at Cornell University, where he earned his PhD in Psychology and Education and remains Professor Emeritus. He is the author of more than 100 books.

A long-time collaborator with Dr. Walter Pauk, Ross Owens earned his BA cum laude in English and film at Carleton College and did graduate work in film at the University of Iowa and the University of Maryland, where he also taught film history, filmmaking, and public speaking. Since first teaming with Dr. Pauk in 1982, Owens has contributed to a number of books on reading and study skills. In addition, he has written numerous articles on Internet-related topics and is an accomplished computer programmer.

Building a Foundation
Goal-Setting: Know What You're Aiming For
March to Your Own Rhythm
Resist the Tug of the Crowd
Harness the Power of Imaging Pursue Quality Instead of Quantity
Change the Meaning of GPA
Define Your Goal
Devise a Plan
Take Action
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Organization: Use Your Time and Space Effectively
Reclaim Lost Time
Find Hidden Time
Change Your Time Habits
Stick to a Schedule
Divide Your Time into Blocks
Think in Terms of Tasks
Get Your Priorities Straight
Stay Organized
Devise a System
Keep Things Flexible
Cut Down on Clutter
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Concentration: Stay Focused
Eliminate Distractions
Reduce External Distractions
Discourage Internal Distractions
Minimize Multitasking
Cultivate Concentration
Make Lists
Take Breaks
Find a Balance
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Stress Management: Learn How to Handle Pressure
Eliminate Avoidable Stress
Discourage Procrastination
Sidestep Common Stressors
Improve Your Attitude
Learn to Relax
Enhance Your Self-Esteem
Take Control of Your Life
Follow a Healthy Routine
Develop Good Eating Habits
Improve Your Sleep
Get Some Exercise
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Gaining Information
Learn Your Speed Limit
Keep an Eye on Your Eyes
Listen to Your Silent Speech
Don't Forget Comprehension
Pick Up Your PACE
P: Increase Your Preparation
A: Choose Your Altitude
C: Read in Clusters
E: Draw on Experience
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Vocabulary: Extend Your Word Frontier
Choose the Right Tools
Harness the Power of Interest
Learn from a Dictionary
Preserve Your Words on Index Cards
Explore Your Personal Frontier
Understand How Words Are Learned
Recognize Frontier Words
Apply the Frontier System
Treat Words Like Chemical Compounds
Learn Roots and Prefixes
Use the Fourteen Master Words
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Critical Thinking: Use Questions to Zero In on Valuable Information
Figure Out Whether Information Is Relevant
Do a Bull's-Eye Search
Do a Ballpark Search
Decide Whether Information Is Important
Answer the Author's Questions
Answer Your Own Questions
Determine Whether Information Is Reliable
Beware of Reliability Distractors
Follow a Set of Guidelines for Analysis
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Flexible Thinking: Learn Through Multiple Channels
Deal with the Dominant Channels
Cope with Difficult Texts
Understand Visuals
Change the Channel
Convert Words into Pictures
Work in Groups
Gain Hands-On Practice
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Retaining Information
Remembering: Fight Back Against Forgetting
Make an Effort to Remember
Avoid Pseudo-Forgetting
Find a Motivation
Organize Your Information
Limit What You Choose to Learn
Arrive at Meaningful Patterns
Strengthen Your Memories
Connect New Memories to Old
Use Recitation to Rehearse
Allow Time for Consolidation
Study in Short Periods
Come to Terms with Plateaus
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
The Cornell System: Take Effective Notes
Be Prepared
Prepare for Readings
Prepare for Lectures
Start with the Cornell System
Take Separate Notes
Mark Your Textbook
Annotate Electronic Text
Gather Information
Be Inquisitive
Follow the Signs
Record Efficiently
Deal with Special Cases
Tie Things Together
Wrap Up Your Readings
Relive Your Lectures
Walk Through the Note-taking Steps
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Mastery: Turn Your Notes into Knowledge
Review to Cement Understanding
Target Key Ideas with the Q System
See the Big Picture with Summaries
Recite to Strengthen Memories
Recite Out Loud
Recite By Writing
Reflect to Add Wisdom
Learn Why Reflection is Vital
Use Techniques to Help You Reflect
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Explaining Information
Tests and Quizzes: Ace Your Exams
Manage Test Anxiety
Prepare Yourself Academically
Prepare Yourself Psychologically
Know What Each Question Requires
Understand Objective Questions
Learn the Basics of Writing an Essay
Work Systematically
Read Before You Answer
Map Out Your Time
Use Markings and Jottings
Learn from Experience
Analyze Your Answers
Plot a Course Correction
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Class Participation: Get the Most Out of Discussions
Do Your Homework
Prepare Based On Specific Readings
Prepare Based On Specific Questions
Know the Ground Rules
Learn What the Instructor Expects
Adapt to the Discussion Environment
Participate Fully
Listen Actively
AIM to Make Points Effectively
Follow Up Promptly
Review In-Class Discussions
Review Online Discussions
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Written Assignments: Turn in a Solid Research Paper
Decide What to Investigate
Choose a Subject
Narrow Your Topic
Find a Focus
Gather Your Information
Know Where to Look
Assemble a Working Bibliography
Take Notes
Devise a Framework
Decide on a Basic Premise
Cluster Your Notes
Plot An Organizational Pattern
Write the Paper
Race Through the First Draft
Revise and Edit Your Paper
Add the Missing Elements
Final Words
Chapter Checkup
It's Your Q
Vocabulary in Action
Appendix
Index

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