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Home > Library Resources > Essential Study Skills

Essential Study Skills

Author: Linda Wong

Publisher: Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., c2000.
Description: 3rd ed., xxi, 314 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
ISBN: 0618003959

Location: KCC Library - Reserve Collection (Circulation Desk)
Call Number: LB1049 .W624 2000

Subject(s)

Study skills.
Memory.
Learning, Psychology of.

Summary
Essential Study Skills will increase you confidence by teaching you skills and behaviors to learn more effectively and be successful in college. Prepare for the semester ahead with the Quick Start Checklist, complete with preliminary tips for surveying your textbooks and honing your note-taking, test preparation and time management skills. The Quick Start Checklist will help you familiarize yourself with registration, campus resources, computer access, and course syllabuses.

Discovering and Using Your Learning Style will help you to understand the learning and memory processes in order to obtain the skills necessary for strong academic performance. Sections of this book provide practice applying the skills to a wider variety of college textbook material. Portfolio projects, writing assignments and group-discussion exercises will allow you to master the techniques and information discussed in each chapter. The LINKS exercises connect chapter content to skills and concepts presented in earlier chapters.

Table of Contents

Note: At the end of each Chapter will have a Summary, Options for Personalizing and Review Questions.

Preface - ix
To the Student - xiv
Quick Start Checklist - xvii

PART 1: Understanding How You Process and Learn

Chapter 1 Discovering and Using Your Learning Style - 1

Three Basic Learning Styles - 3
Learning Strategies - 10
Multiple Intelligence's - 15

Chapter 2 Processing Information into Your Memory System

The Information Processing Model - 25
Twelve Memory Principles - 34

PART TWO: Preparing Yourself for Optimal Learning

Chapter 3 Managing Your Time

All About You - 53
Using Goals of Time Management - 57
Creating a Weekly Time-Management Schedule - 58
Using Other Time-Management Tips - 66

Chapter 4 Setting Goals - 73

Goals, Motivation, and Procrastination - 75
Kinds of Goals - 75
Steps for Writing Effective Goals - 76
Tips for Reaching Goals - 78
Goal Setting for Studying - 80

Chapter 5 Improving Your Concentration - 87

The Necessity of Concentration - 89
Setting the Physical Stage - 89
Setting the Mental Stage - 91
Dealing with Distractions - 95

PART THREE: Using Effective Textbook Reading Techniques

Chapter 6 Using a Reading System - 103

The SQ4R Textbook Reading System - 105
Comprehensive Strategies - 110

Chapter 7 Working With Textbook Information - 123

Highlighting Your Textbook - 125
Using Other Marking Techniques - 127
Studying from Your Highlighting and Marking - 132
Writing Summaries - 136

Chapter 8 Learning Terminology - 143

Kinds of Vocabulary - 145
Using Your Textbook Glossaries - 146
Making Flash Cards - 146
Studying from Flash Cards - 149
Making and Using Vocabulary Study Sheets - 151
Additional Vocabulary-Building Strategies - 152

PART FOUR: Using Effective Notetaking Techniques

Chapter 9 Making Cornell Notes for Textbooks - 161

Preparing for Notetaking - 163
Following the Five R's of Cornell - 163
Deciding When to Use Cornell Notetaking - 172
Combining SQ4R and Cornell Notetaking - 173

Chapter 10 Using Cornell Notes for Lectures - 179

Understanding Listening Skills - 181
Strengthening Your Listening Skills - 185
Using the Cornell Notetaking System for Lectures - 187
Techniques for Recording Information - 188
Techniques for Organizing Information - 190
Finding Solutions to Common Notetaking Problems - 192

Chapter 11 Using Visual Notetaking Systems - 201

Using Visual Notetaking - 203
Making Visual Mapping - 203
Making Hierarchies - 208
Making Comparison Charts - 214
Making Time Lines - 217

PART FIVE: Strengthening Your Test-Taking Skills

Chapter 12 Preparing for Tests - 223

Preparing for Tests - 225
Performing Well on the Test Day - 231
Learning from the Test - 234
Dealing with Anxiety - 236

Chapter 13 Developing Strategies of Objective Tests - 249

Taking Objective Tests - 251
Answering True-False Questions - 252
Answering Multiple-Choice Questions - 256
Using the Four Levels of Response - 264
Taking Computerized Tests - 271

Chapter 14 Developing Strategies for Recall and Essay Tests - 277

Recall Questions - 279
Essay Questions - 289

APPENDIXES

Appendix A: Chapter Profile Materials - 306

Master Profile Chart - 306
Beginning-of-the-Term Profile - 306
Profile Answer Keys - 307
End-of-Term Profile - 307

Appendix B: Portfolio Assessment Form - 308

Appendix C: Library Projects - 309

Exploring Your Library - 309
Library Projects - 309

Index - 311

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