Synopses & Reviews
The Eleventh Edition of Becoming a Master Student raises the bar for Student Success texts. While the vision and proven content of the text has been maintained, the Eleventh Edition has been rejuvenated with a cleaner, more sophisticated design that appeals to both traditional students and adult learners. Other enhancements include a new organizational framework that provides structure throughout the text and helps students learn to monitor thinking and learning; career application case studies at the end of each chapter that allow students to apply new skills to the workplace right away; improved integration of learning styles within each chapter to make addressing the four modes of learning easier; and expanded coverage of multiple intelligences and a new visual, auditory, and kinesthetic inventory in to help students discover more about their individual learning styles. The long-standing best seller in student success, Becoming a Master Student gives students a framework for examining their lives from a self-discovery perspective. Through a student-created and value-based approach to life and learning, the text inspires and motivates students to acquire and develop the skills needed for success in college and throughout life. Articles, strategies, and exercises help students understand their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and practice academic and life skills.
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.
About the Author
'Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, the best-selling college textbook in America, has been published in three languages and is considered core material by college students and faculty alike. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including FALLING AWAKE and CREATING YOUR FUTURE. Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing h'
Table of Contents
Note: Each chapter begins with Master Student Map and ends with Put It to Work, Quiz, and Learning Styles Application. Introduction: Making Transitions This book is worthless--if you just read it This book is worth $1,000 Exercise #1: Textbook reconnaissance Get the most out of this book Exercise #2: Commitment The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system Rewrite this book Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines Journal Entry #1: Discovery Statement Making the transition to higher education The art of re-entry: Going back to school as an adult learner Connect to school resources Connect to community resources Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits Following instructions Link to the world of work Ways to change a habit Journal Entry #2: Discovery Statement Power Process: Discover what you want 1. First Steps First Step: Truth is a key to mastery Journal Entry #3: Discovery/Intention Statement If you skipped the Introduction. . . Exercise #3: Taking the First Step Exercise #4: The Discovery Wheel Journal Entry #4: Discovery/Intention Statement Textbook reconnaissance, take two Learning styles: Discovering how you learn Journal Entry #5 Discovery Statement Using your learning style profile to succeed in school Claim your multiple intelligences Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system The magic of metacognition The Master Student Motivation Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations Attitude replacements Exercise #5: Reprogram your attitude The value of higher education Practicing Critical Thinking #1 Master Student Profiles Power Process: Ideas are tools Master Student Profile: Suny Urrutia Moore 2. Planning You've got the time Journal Entry #6: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise #6: The Time Monitor/Time Plan process Journal Entry #7: Discovery Statement Setting and achieving goals Exercise #7: Get real with your goals The ABC daily to-do list Planning sets you free Strategies for scheduling The seven-day antiprocrastination plan More ways to stop procrastination Practicing Critical Thinking #2 25 ways to get the most out of now Keep on going? Remember cultural differences Time management for right-brained people (. . .or what to do if to-do lists are not your style) Exercise #8: Master monthly calendar Gearing up: Using a long-term planner Strategies for even longer-term planning Exercise #9: Create a lifeline Financial planning: Meeting your money goals Places to find money for school Take charge of your credit card Exercise #10: Education by the hour Practicing Critical Thinking #3 Power Process: Be here now Master Student Profile: Greg Louganis 3. Memory Take your memory out of the closet Journal Entry #8: Discovery/Intention Statement The memory jungle 20 memory techniques Pay attention to your attention Exercise #11: Use Q-cards to reinforce memory Set a trap for your memory Keep your brain fit for life Notable failures, part one Exercise #12: Remembering your car keys--or anything else Journal Entry #9: Discovery Statement Remembering names Mnemonic devices Exercise #13: Be a poet Notable failures, part two Practicing Critical Thinking #4 Exercise #14: Move from problems to solutions Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers) Master Student Profile: Cesar Chavez 4. Reading Muscle Reading Journal Entry #10: Discovery/Intention Statement How Muscle Reading works Phase one: Before you read Phase two: While you read Five smart ways to highlight a text Phase three: After you read Muscle Reading--a leaner approach Read with a dictionary in your lap Reading fast Exercise #15: Relax When reading is tough Journal Entry #11: Discovery Statement English as a second language Reading with children underfoot Practicing Critical Thinking #5 Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go Master Student Profile: Helen Keller 5. Notes The note-taking process flows Journal Entry #12: Discovery/Intention Statement Observe Journal Entry #13: Discovery/Intention Statement What to do when you miss a class Record Review Journal Entry #14: Discovery Statement Improving your handwriting Exercise #16: Consider the impact of handwriting Create your instructor When your instructor talks fast Taking notes on your journey: The art of journal writing Exercise #17: Television note taking Taking notes while reading Exercise #18: Revisit your goals Get to the bones of your book with concept maps Practicing Critical Thinking #6 Power Process: I create it all Master Student Profile: Craig Kielburger 6. Tests Disarm tests Journal Entry #15: Discovery/Intention Statement What to do before the test Ways to predict test questions Cooperative learning: Studying with people Journal Entry #16: Intention Statement What to do during the test Words to watch for in essay questions The test isn't over until. . . Integrity in test taking: The costs of cheating Let go of test anxiety Exercise #19: Twenty things I like to do Journal Entry #17: Discovery/Intention Statement Journal Entry #18: Discovery Statement Overcoming math and science anxiety Journal Entry #19: Discovery/Intention Statement Taking math and science tests How to cram (even though you shouldn't) 8 reasons to celebrate mistakes Practicing Critical Thinking #7 Power Process: Detach Master Student Profile: Barbara Jordan 7. Thinking Critical thinking: A survival skill Journal Entry #20: Discovery/Intention Statement Becoming a critical thinker Attitudes of a critical thinker Finding "aha!": Creativity fuels critical thinking Tangram Ways to create ideas Create on your feet Ways to fool yourself: Six common mistakes in logic Uncovering assumptions Gaining skill at decision making Four ways to solve problems "But I don't know what I want to do": Choosing a major Majors for the taking Exercise #20: Make a trial choice of major Solving math and science problems Asking questions Practicing Critical Thinking #8 Exercise #21: Explore emotional reactions Exercise #22: Translating goals into action Journal Entry #21: Discovery/Intention Statement Power Process: Find a bigger problem Exercise #23: Fix-the-world brainstorm Master Student Profile: Paul Farmer 8. Communicating Communicating creates our world Journal Entry #22: Discovery/Intention Statement The communication loop The communication loop: Listening The communication loop: Sending Five ways to say "I" Journal Entry #23: Discovery/Intention Statement The fine art of conflict management You deserve compliments Exercise #24: Write an "I" message Relationships can work Relationships change Seven steps to effective complaints Criticism really can be constructive Exercise #25: V.I.P.'s (very important persons) Three phases of effective writing Phase 1: Getting ready to write Phase 2: Writing a first draft Phase 3: Revising your draft Journal Entry #24: Discovery Statement Giving credit where credit is due: Avoiding the high cost of plagiarism Writing and delivering speeches Making the grade in group presentations Practicing Critical Thinking #9 Power Process: Employ your word Master Student Profile: Ron Brown 9. Diversity Living with diversity Journal Entry #25: Discovery/Intention Statement Diversity is real--and valuable Communicating across cultures Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking Students with disabilities: Ask for what you want Dealing with sexism and sexual harassment Seven steps to nonsexist writing We are all leaders The world you live in Journal Entry #26: Discovery/Intention Statement Journal Entry #27: Discovery Statement Practicing Critical Thinking #10 Power Process: Choose your conversations and your community Master Student Profile: Bayard Rustin 10. Technology Technology, satisfaction, and success Journal Entry #28: Discovery/Intention Statement Connect to cyberspace Overcoming technophobia Finding what you want on the Internet Exercise #26: Evaluate search sites Thinking critically about information on the Internet Using technology to manage time and money Ways to waste time with your computer Write e-mail that gets results "Netiquette": Being kind while you're online Joining online communities Becoming an online learner Exercise #27: Maybe it's your breath Staying up-to-date with technology Exercise #28: Staying motivated with technology Library--the buried treasure Exercise #29:Revisit your goals, take two Practicing Critical Thinking #11 Power Process: Risk being a fool Master Student Profile: Fred Smith 11. Health Thinking about health Journal Entry #29: Discovery/Intention Statement Take care of your machine Your machine: Fuel it Prevent and treat eating disorders Your machine: Move it Your machine: Rest it Your machine: Observe it Journal Entry #30: Discovery/Intention Statement Your machine: Protect it Stay up-to-date on STDs Men, consider your health Journal Entry #31: Intention Statement The experts recommend--seven dietary guidelines Journal Entry #32: Discovery Statement Crazed glazed donut runs amok Developing self-esteem Emotional pain is not a sickness Suicide Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: The truth Some facts. . . Exercise #30: Addiction: How do I know. . .? Seeing the full scope of addiction Where to turn for more information on recovery Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health Journal Entry #33: Discovery/Intention Statement Practicing Critical Thinking #12 Power Process: Surrender Master Student Profile: Christopher Reeve 12. What's Next? Now that you're done--begin Journal Entry #34: Discovery/Intention Statement "...use the following suggestions to continue..." Exercise #31: Do something you can't Transferring to another school Career planning: Begin the process now 25 Transferable skills Exercise #32: Recognize your skills Use the SCANS reports to discover your skills Jumpstart your education with transferable skills Use resumes and interviews to "hire" an employer Cruising for jobs on the Internet Journal Entry #35: Intention Statement Creating and using portfolios Artifacts for your portfolio Contributing: The art of selfishness Service learning: The art of learning by contributing Practicing Critical Thinking #13 Define your values, align your actions One set of values Exercise #33: Discovery Wheel--coming full circle Journal Entry #36: Discovery/Intention Statement Exercise #34: This book shouts: "Use me!" Power Process: Be it Master Student Profile: Golda Meir