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Home > Library Resources > Becoming a Master Student

Becoming a Master Student

Author: David B. Ellis
Publisher: Boston: Houghton Mifflin c2000
Description: 9th ed, 1 v. (various pagings): col. ill; 28 cm.

ISBN: 0395981492 (Student ed.)
Location: KCC Library - Reserve Collection (Circulation Desk)
Call Number: LB2343.3 .E44 2000

Subject(s)

College student orientation
Study Skills.

Summary
Becoming a Master Student consistently gives students a framework for examining their lives from a self-discovery perspective, and the Tenth Edition continues this student-created, value-based approach to life and learning. The relevant articles, strategies, and exercises throughout the text help students understand their own strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and practice academic and life skills. Students are inspired and motivated to acquire and develop the skills needed for success in college and throughout life.

The Course Manual for instructors offers detailed support for each topic in the text and is tied to the HM ClassPrep CD-ROM, which provides text-specific tools, such as teaching tips, exercises, quizzes, and chapter-related web links.

* Student Voices features in every chapter connect former students with current ones, showing how the skills within the text can be applied to real life.
* Workplace Applications exercises help students learn how to apply their academic time management skills in their future careers.
* Parts of chapters 9 and 10 have been combined into a succinct chapter on effective communication through writing and speaking.
* A new chapter on effective financial strategies and resources includes an article offering suggestions on paying off student loans and preventing credit card debt.
* Updated coverage includes new web links and web related exercises; specific strategies for improving reading speed, comprehension, and retention; articles and exercises on diversity; and more strategies for avoiding procrastination.
* Updated Master Student Profiles include Greg Louganis, Student Success scholarship winner Suny Urrutia Moore, and Isabel Allende.
* Improved coverage of learning styles includes updated explanations and terminology in the Learning Style Inventory feature.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: First Steps

In this Chapter... - 6
First Step: Truth is a key to mastery - 7
If you skipped the introduction... - 8
Exercise: Taking the First Step - 9
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System - 10
Exercise: Deface this book - 11
Seven Discovery & Intention Statement guidelines - 12
Exercise: The Discovery Wheel - 14
Creating & using portfolios - 18
Artifacts for your portfolio - 19
Power Process #1: Ideas are tools - 20
Exercise: Maybe it's your breath - 21
Learning styles: Discovering how you learn - 22
Using your learning style profile to succeed in school - 23
Resources on learning styles - 24
Exercise: Recall an enjoyable experience - 25
The Master Student - 26
Maslow's qualities of a self-actualizing person -29
Master Student: Veronica Espinoza - 30
Quiz - 31
Learning Style Application - 33
Bibliography - 33

CHAPTER 2. Time

In this chapter... - 34
You've got the time - 35
Exercise: The Time Monitor/Time Plan process - 36
Exercise: Create a lifeline - 41
25 ways to get the most out of now - 42
Keep going? - 43
Reap the benefits: Extracurricular activities - 48
Overcome computer addiction - 49
Time management for right-brained people - 50
Planning sets you free - 53
Strategies for scheduling - 56
Strategies for long-term planning - 59
Gearing up: Using a long-term planner - 62
The seven-day antiprocrastination plan - 65
The ABC daily to-do's - 67
Exercise: Are you getting there? - 69
Power Process #2: Be here now - 70
Master Student: Malcolm X - 74
Quiz - 75
Learning Style Application - 77
Bibliography - 77

CHAPTER 3. Memory

In this chapter... - 78
You never forget - 79
The memory jungle - 80
20 memory techniques - 82
Set a trap for your memory - 87
Remembering your car keys...or anything else - 87
Give your "secret brain" a chance - 88
Notable failures, Part one - 88
Remembering names - 90
Mnemonic devices - 91
Exercise: Be a poet - 93
Notable failures, Part two - 94
Exercise: Master review schedule - 94
Power Process #3: Love your problems - 98
Exercise: Move from problems to solutions - 101
Master Student: Helen Keller - 102
Quiz - 103
Learning Style Application - 105
Bibliography - 105

CHAPTER 4. Reading

In this Chapter... 106
Muscle reading - 107
How muscle reading works - 108
Before you read: Pry out questions - 110
While you read: Root up answer - 112
After you read: Recite, review & review (again) - 114
The Universal Law of Reading - 116
Exercise: It's hard to know what's going on ...until you have the big picture - 116
Studying with children underfoot - 118
Exercise: Make it a habit - 122
Reading fast - 123
When reading is tough - 124
Read with a dictionary in your lap -125
Exercise: Relax - 125
Motivation or "I'm just not in the mood" - 126
English as a second language - 128
Library: The buried treasure - 129
Exercise: Find it - 131
Treasure-hunting on the Internet 131
Exercise: Catalog reconnaissance - 131
Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go - 132
Master Student: Barbara Jordan - 134
Quiz - 135
Learning Style Application - 137
Bibliography - 137

CHAPTER 5. Notes

In this chapter... - 138
The note-taking process flows - 139
Observe - 140
Record - 143
Exercise: The in-class oxygenator - 147
Review - 148
Exercise: Television note taking - 149
Exercise: Apply a process - 150
Improving your handwriting - 151
Power Process #5: I create it all - 152
Exercise: They made me do it - 155
When instructors talk fast - 156
Get to the bones of your book with concept maps - 156
Taking notes while reading - 157
Learning across borders: Getting the most from distance learning - 158
Taking notes on your journey: The art of journal writing - 160

Master Student: Clarissa Pinkola Estes - 162
Quiz - 163
Learning Style Application - 165
Bibliography - 165

CHAPTER 6. Tests

In this Chapter... - 166
Disarm tests - 167
What to do before the test - 168
What to do during the test - 170
F is for feedback, not failure - 172
Words to watch for in essay questions - 172
The cost of cheating - 173
Have some fun! - 173
Ways to predict test questions - 174
Let go of test anxiety - 175
Exercise: Twenty things I like to do - 177
Exercise: Rehearse for success - 178
Overcoming math and science anxiety - 179
Special techniques for taking math and science tests - 183
How to cram (even through you shouldn't) - 185
8 reasons to celebrate mistakes- 186
Exercise: Master mind map (part one) - 186
Power Process #6: Detach - 188
Cooperative learning: Study with people - 190
Master Student: Fred Smith - 192
Quiz - 193
Learning Style Application - 198
Bibliography - 198

CHAPTER 7. Diversity

In this Chapter... - 196
Living with diversity - 197
Diversity is real--and valuable - 198
Exercise: Clarify your values - 199
Communicating across cultures - 200
Adapting to the culture of higher education - 204
Learn the language of higher education - 205
The art of reentry - 206
Stay tuned to these networks - 208
Plug into school resources - 210
Plug into community resources - 211
Dealing with sexism... and sexual harassment - 212
Students with disabilities: Ask for what you want - 214
Exercise: Explore stereotypes - 215
Power Process #7: Choose your conversations and your community - 216
Master Student: Jamie Escalante - 220
Quiz - 221
Learning Style Application - 223
Bibliography - 233

CHAPTER 8. Thinking

In this Chapter... - 224
Critical thinking: A survival skill - 225
Finding "aha!" - Creative fuels critical thinking - 227
Tangram - 227
Techniques for creative thinking - 228
Asking questions - 230
The value of higher education - 232
Qualities of a critical thinking - 234
Core skills for critical thinkers - 235
Finding a critical thinker in yourself and others - 235
Becoming a critical thinker - 236
Create on your feet - 240
Uncovering assumptions - 241
Exercise: Working with assumptions - 242
Ways to fool yourself - 243
Thinking critically about information on the Internet - 244
Gaining skill at decision making - 245
Divide and conquer your goals - 246
Warning: Advertisers can be dangerous to your health - 248
Power Process #8: Find a bigger problem - 250
Exercise: Fix-the-world brainstorm - 251
4 problem-solving steps
Exercise: Translating goals into action - 253
Master Student: Margaret Mead - 256
Quiz - 257
Learning Style Application - 259
Bibliography - 259

CHAPTER 9. Writing

In this chapter... - 260
Writing well pays - 261
Phase I: Getting ready to write - Creating something from nothing - 262
Exercise: Free writing - 264
Exercise: Create a working title - 264
Phase 2: Writing the first draft - Getting down to it- 265
Phase 3: Revising your draft - Polishing your creation - 267
Misplaced modifier poses threat of suffocation - 269
Seven steps to nonsexist writing - 270
Giving credit where credit is due: Avoiding the high cost of plagiarism - 271
Getting connected: Entering cyberspace - 272
Overcoming Technophobia - 273
Finding what you want on the Internet - 274
Some places to start surfing the web - 275
Using computers to manage ideas and information - 276
Ways to waste time with a computer - 277
Learning the language of computers - 278
Staying up-to-date with technology - 281
Writing and delivering speeches - 282
Power Process #9: Risk being a fool - 284
Master Students: Jerry Yang & David Filo - 286
Quiz - 287
Learning Style Application - 289
Bibliography - 289

CHAPTER 10. Relationships

In this Chapter... - 290
The communication loop - 291
Listening - 292
Sending - 295
Five ways to say "I" - 296
Exercise: Write an "I" message - 297
You deserve compliments - 297
Practice "netiquette - 298
The fine art of conflict management - 299
Conflict management in a nutshell - 302
Developing self-esteem 304
Emotional pain is not a sickness - 306
Suicide - 307
Claiming your multiple intelligence - 308
Relationships can work - 310
Relationships change - 311
Create your instructor - 312
Power Process #10: Employ your word - 314
Exercise: Move from obligation to choice - 316
Seven steps to effective complaints - 317
We are all leaders - 318
Leaders on leadership - 320
Exercise: V.I.P.'s (Very Important Persons) - 321
Master Student: Golda Meir - 322
Quiz - 323
Learning Style Application - 325
Bibliography - 325

CHAPTER 11. Money & Health

In this Chapter... - 326
Money in, money out - 327
The source of money problems - 328
Increase money in - 329
Decrease money out - 331
Free fun - 333
Money for the future - 334
Education's worth it... - 336
Exercise: Education by the hour - 337
Seventeen places to find money - 337
We live like royalty - 338
Take care of your machine - 339
Your machine: Fuel it - 340
Exercise: Setting your bio-alarm - 340
Your machine: Move it - 341
Your machine: Rest it - 342
Your machine: Observe it - 343
Your machine: Protect it - 344
Stay up-to-date on STDs - 347
The experts recommend: Seven dietary guidelines - 347
Crazed glazed donut runs amok - 349
Power Process #11: Surrender - 350
Some facts - 352
Alcohol, tobacco & drugs: The truth - 352
Exercise: Addiction, how do I know... - 353
Seeing the full scope of addiction - 354
Where to turn for more information on recovery - 355
Master Student: Christopher Reeve - 356
Quiz - 357
Learning Style Application - 359
Bibliography - 359

CHAPTER 12. What Next?

In this Chapter... - 360
Now that you're done--begin - 361
"...use the following suggestions to continue..." - 362
Exercise: Do something you can't - 363
Attitudes, affirmations & Visualizations - 354
Attitude replacements - 365
Exercise: Reprogram your attitude - 366
Exercise: This book shouts, "Use me!" - 367
"But I don't know what I want to do" - 368
Majors for the taking - 369
Changing schools - 370
Exercise: Discovery Wheel--coming full circle - 372
Contributing: The art of selfishness - 375
Service learning - 377
Career Planning: Begin now - 378
Cruising for jobs on the internet - 380
Job skills for the new millennium - 281
Link to the world of work - 282
Exercise: Apply these strategies to your work - 384
Power Process #12: Be it - 386
Exercise: Define your values - 388
Exercise: Master mind map (part two) - 388
Master Student: Raul Julia - 390
Quiz - 391
Learning Style Application - 393
Bibliography - 393

Index - 394

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