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College Success Guide, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Walks college students through steps that are proven to make them successful in college and life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. College Success Is in Your Hands
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
    1. How to Read This Guide
    2. What Tools to Use
    3. What the 12 Secrets Offer
  9. CHAPTER 1: Study Skills
    1. Reading Tools
      1. Previewing
      2. Prereading
        1. Skimming
        2. Scanning
      3. Combining Previewing and Prereading
      4. Highlighting and Annotating
    2. Note-Taking Tools
      1. Taking Lecture Notes
      2. Reviewing with Note Cards
    3. Study Tools
      1. Chunking
      2. MURDER
      3. Mnemonic Devices
        1. Jingles
        2. Acronyms
        3. Acrostics
      4. Mind Maps
    4. Online Class Tools
      1. Handling the Technology
      2. Getting the Required Materials
      3. Being Proactive
    5. Conclusion
  10. CHAPTER 2: Test-Taking Skills
    1. Test Preparation Tools
    2. Test-Taking Tools for Specific Types of Questions
      1. True/False Question Tools
      2. Multiple-Choice Question Tools
      3. Short-Answer or Fill-in-the-Blank Question Tools
      4. Matching Questions
    3. Essay Question Tools
      1. Essay Exam Preparation Tools
      2. A Step-by-Step Approach to Answering Essay Questions
      3. Additional Essay Question Tools
    4. Keywords in Essay Questions
      1. Test Anxiety Tools
      2. Prepare Physically
      3. Prepare Mentally
      4. Overcome Test Anxiety
    5. Conclusion
  11. CHAPTER 3: Perception, Learning Styles, and Personality
    1. Perception
    2. Learning Styles
      1. Visual Learners
      2. Auditory Learners
      3. Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners
      4. Sources for Additional Help
      5. Online Learners and Learning Styles
    3. Personality Assessment
      1. The Jung Typology Test
      2. Color-Based Personality Assessments
      3. Other Assessments
    4. Conclusion
  12. CHAPTER 4: Organization
    1. Start with Your Location
    2. Monitor Your Schedule
    3. Organize Logistically
    4. Learn Additional Organization Secrets from Successful Students
    5. Handle Special Organizational Situations
      1. Organize Around Families
      2. Organize for Online Learning
    6. Conclusion
  13. CHAPTER 5: Attitude
    1. Realize That Input Equals Output
    2. Use Patience to Produce Results
    3. Make Good Impressions
    4. Be Tough
    5. Focus on Your Strengths
    6. Challenge the Challenges
    7. Be Aware of Scotomas
    8. Dare to Be Great
    9. Conclusion
  14. CHAPTER 6: Goal Setting
    1. Set SMART Goals
    2. See the End
    3. Check Your Attitude
    4. Have Faith
    5. Recognize That a Goal Without Work Is a Wish
    6. Plan for Setbacks
    7. Stay Focused in Online Classes
    8. Reward Yourself
    9. Conclusion
  15. CHAPTER 7: Basic Research Skills
    1. Become Information Literate
    2. Know How to Locate Reliable, Valid Information
      1. The Three General Categories of Resources
        1. Traditional Resources
        2. Reserves
        3. E-resources
      2. Campus Information Sources
    3. Begin Your Research with Books
      1. Hard Copy Books
      2. Electronic Books
    4. Become Comfortable with Using Periodicals in Your Research
      1. Scholarly or Research Journals
      2. Magazines
      3. Professional or Trade Journals
      4. Hard Copy Periodicals
      5. Electronic Resources
        1. Accessing Electronic Resources
        2. Searching for Information in Electronic Resources
    5. Use Interlibrary Loans
    6. Approach the World Wide Web with Caution
    7. Conclusion
  16. CHAPTER 8: Research Paper Writing
    1. The Academic Writing Process
      1. Decide on the Topic
      2. Take Notes
      3. Sort the Information
      4. Craft a Thesis Statement
      5. Prepare an Outline
      6. Write a Rough Draft
      7. Polish the Final Draft
    2. Important Issues in Writing Research Papers
      1. Use the Required Style
      2. Cite Right
      3. Cheating and Plagiarism
    3. Conclusion
  17. CHAPTER 9: Synergy
    1. Relationship Styles
      1. The Lone Ranger
      2. Cohorts
      3. The Others
    2. The Win-Win of Synergy
      1. Be Assertive
      2. Keep an Open Mind
      3. Be Personal
      4. Network and Share
      5. Don’t Bail
    3. Synergy for Online Students
    4. Conclusion
  18. CHAPTER 10: Motivation
    1. Success Principles in Motivation
      1. Visualize the Reward
      2. Overcome Motivation Roadblocks
      3. Build on Small Victories
      4. Balance Your Life
      5. Surround Yourself with Winners
    2. Motivation Versus Enthusiasm
    3. Conclusion
  19. CHAPTER 11: Time and Energy Management
    1. The Keys to Time Management
      1. Plan Ahead
      2. Learn When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”
      3. Avoid Procrastination
      4. Establish a Routine
      5. Prioritize
        1. Use Lists
        2. Spend Your Time on the Right Things
      6. Map Your Time
    2. Energy Management
    3. Ten Time Management Principles for Online Learners
    4. Conclusion
  20. CHAPTER 12: Stress Management
    1. Types of Stress
      1. Positive Stress
      2. Negative Stress
    2. Causes of Stress
      1. Stress in Your Personal Life
      2. Stress in the Workplace
      3. Stress from Academic Pursuits
    3. Ways to Relieve Stress
      1. Know Your Limits
      2. Maintain Healthy Eating Habits
      3. Exercise
      4. Stay Positive
      5. Take Some Time for Yourself
      6. Make Time for a Hobby
      7. Listen to Relaxing Music
      8. Meditate
      9. Soak in the Tub
      10. Watch Bits and Pieces of a Favorite Movie
      11. Treat Yourself to a Massage
      12. Use These Additional Stress Busters
    4. Conclusion
  21. APPENDIX: Websites, References, and Readings
    1. Chapter 1: Study Skills
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    2. Chapter 2: Test-Taking Skills
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    3. Chapter 3: Perception, Learning Styles, and Personality
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    4. Chapter 4: Organization
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    5. Chapter 5: Attitude
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    6. Chapter 6: Goal Setting
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    7. Chapter 7: Basic Research Skills
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    8. Chapter 8: Research Paper Writing
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    9. Chapter 9: Synergy
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    10. Chapter 10: Motivation
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    11. Chapter 11: Time and Energy Management
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
    12. Chapter 12: Stress Management
      1. Websites
      2. Additional Resources
  22. Index