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Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff?by Steve Piscitelli
Synopses & Reviews
Written by a master teacher, the second edition ofStudy Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? ensures that potentially difficult and dry subject matter comes alive by integrating two core themes: critical thinking and personal choice.
Students must engage in significant and deep learning to make classroom strategies immediately applicable and sustainable for long-term success. This book realistically meets students where they are. It recognizes and builds upon the knowledge and study skill strategies students already possess while emphasizing the need for critical thinking and personal responsibility. Piscitelli encourages students to reflect on their skill base, embrace change--and enjoy the sustained growth fostered by that change.
“This text offers comparable coverage, and even more extensive coverage than most study skills textbooks with more specific detail.”
--Michelle Byrd, East Tennessee State University
“The topic of civility is extraordinarily apropos for today’s student!”
--Elizabeth Huggins, Augusta State University
Additional Support — in and out of the classroom…
Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff?, Second Edition, has its own Companion Website designed to help students review the text material. This site (www.prenhall.com/piscitelli) can also be accessed through the Student Success Supersite (www.prenhall.com/success), where students and faculty will find an array of resources. In addition, instructors will be pleased to know this book offers an instructor’s manual and test bank, computerized test bank, and PowerPoint slides.
Are students doing what is required to get them where they want to go?This book gets students to ask and answer this vital question. Written by a master teacher, the 2nd edition of Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? makes potentially difficult and dry subject matter come alive by integrating two critical themes for student and life success: critical thinking and personal choice. Each study skill is introduced and built on specific standards of critical thinking, and then the reader immediately practices the study skills they need for academic success. The second theme, personal choice, reinforces responsible decision making and follow-through to put potential and ambition into action. Ambition is the desire; potential the ability; initiative is the doing. Effective study skills will empower students to do what is needed to master their course requirements and this book will provide the necessary tools!
Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? is a student-friendly text that presents practical study strategies and tips for immediate application in classroom situations. Features include:
About the Author
Steve Piscitelli has more than two decades of teaching experience. He has taught students of varying abilities and grade levels, from seventh grade to the college level. He has been recognized for his effective teaching style with awards at the school, county, and international level. In 2002, Steve received the Florida Community College at Jacksonville Outstanding Faculty Award for innovation in teaching. He is currently a professor of history and education at Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
Steve received an undergraduate degree from Jacksonville University, an M.Ed. from the University of North Florida, and an M.A. (United States history) from the University of Florida.
In addition to this book, he is the author of numerous articles and a history review book for students.
Steve lives with his wife, Laurie, in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Table of Contents
(Note: Each chapter contains the features Spotlight On Classroom Skills, Preview, Key Terms, Chapter Introduction, Chapter Summary, and Reality Check)
Introduction: The Choices You Make
1. Setting the Stage: What’s On Your Mind?
2. Critical Thinking: How Will Higher-Order Thinking Skills Improve Academic Success?
3. Goal Setting: If You Know What You Want to Do, Why Do You Need to Read About Goal Setting?
4. Organizing Time and Space: How Will These Skills Improve Academic Performance and Reduce Your Stress?
5. Learning Styles: How Will Knowing Your Learning Style Help With Your Studies?
6. Class Time: How Can You Be More Successful During Class Time?
7. Note taking: How Will Effective Notes Help You Understand Class Material?
8. Reading: You Have to Read 1,000 Pages By When?
9. Memory: Why Do You Forget--And What Can You Do About It?
10. Test Taking: How Can You Improve Your Test-Preparation and Test-Performance Skills?
11. Information Literacy: How Can You Use Information and Technology For Your Benefit?
12. Civility: How Can Working with Others Affect Your Academic Success?
13. The Choices You Make: How Do Your Current Decisions Affect Your Future?
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