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Become the Higher Learner: Your Guide to Success at Salt Lake Community College

Author(s): TC Stuwe

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 296

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Become the Higher Learner: Your Guide to Success at Salt Lake Community College was written for college success, or first year experience (FYE), courses with college-level learning outcome objectives. This text was conceived and developed by a practicing educator credentialed in higher education and with decades of experience both teaching and writing for publication.

Learners are given an orientation to the college and to college culture, followed by theoretical foundations of higher education and strategies for success. The text emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of higher education and demystifies many common assumptions about college expectations.

Now in it's 4th editon, Become the Higher Learner continues to receive rave reviews from the most important critics of all, the learners who use it in their classes:

"The most in-depth and helpful textbook ever. An easy and enjoyable read!"
-Alanis V.

"Since I have been in college for two years, I thought this book would be a refresher of things I already knew. But instead, it made me rethink my college experience."
-Tamara M.

"I'm a non-traditional student who would have greatly benefited from this textbook when I originally enrolled at the university out of high school. I was fundamentally unprepared. I had so many questions, and this textbook provides the answers."
-Jacob C.

And here is what peer reviewers are saying about Become the Higher Learner:

"I love that the author really tries to help the student understand the differences between high school and college."

 "The author did an excellent job in both the writing style and overall presentation of material. It is visually appealing, and not over-powering.  I like the flow of the writing style. The content is both interesting and engaging.  I like the illustrations--they are on point. Great job!"

 "The concepts and content are quite relevant. Concepts such as ownership, higher learning and relating, etc. are good to introduce during the first-year."

"The information was effectively presented... relevant, interesting, thought provoking, easy to follow."

"Writing style is clear, simplistic, and written in an engaging, and easy to understand language.  The graphics are attractive and helps to make content even more interesting.  I like the flow."

Become the Higher Learner: Your Guide to Success at Salt Lake Community College by TC Stuwe:

  • Elevates the learner’s mentality to meet the challenges of a college education and a life of effective leadership beyond.
  • Was written in a singular, conversational voice that features a consistent narrative throughout.
  • Integrates Take Note activities that allow readers to practice specific note-taking strategies throughout the course of study.
  • Features Think About It vignettes that encourage learners to demonstrate ownership of the concepts presented in each chapter. These can be completed alone or in groups to promote classroom discussion.
  • Includes Self Checks at the end of each chapter to encourage readers to complete a set of self-checks: self awareness, self-direction, and self-advocacy.

To the Learner
To the Professor
Why Adopt This Text?
About the Author

CHAPTER 1: Freshman Orientation
Discover Higher Learning
Interdisciplinary Study
College Awareness
Professorial Reconnaissance
Online Classes
The Course Textbook
The Course Syllabus
Coursework
The Learning Portfolio
Class Scheduling and Contact Time
Creating Your Class Schedule
Finals Week
Making Time for Higher Learning
Grades Matter
No Excuses
Be Resourceful
Money Matters

CHAPTER 2: Taking Effective Notes
Note-Taking in Theory
Note-Taking in Practice
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Marking up a Book
Formalized Note-Taking Systems
Who Takes Notes When You’re Not There?
Note-Taking and the ADA 
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 3: Mind of the Higher Learner
Sensation
Perception
Intelligence
Personality
A Mantra for Success
Everything Is Relative
Ownership Is the Key

CHAPTER 4: Framing Higher Education
Bloom’s Taxonomy
No Domain Stands Alone
Summarizing Bloom’s Taxonomy
The Truth about Learning Styles
The Adult Learning Cycle
Knowledge as a Shelf Life

CHAPTER 5: Thinking Effectively
Develop Meta-Cognitive Strategies
Reason and Meta-Cognition
Is It Logical?
Am I Creative?

CHAPTER 6: Motivation for Higher Learning
What Is Motivation?
Content versus Process
Exploring Content Theories
Exploring Process Theories
Other Motivational Models

CHAPTER 7: Memory Systems and Processes
The Long and Short of It
Long-Term Memory
Recall
Encoding and Decoding
Integrating Memory System
Mnemonics
Memory and Recall as a Way of Life

CHAPTER 8: Assessment in Higher Education
Institutional Assessment
Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Assessment in the Classroom
Test Anxiety
This Is Not a Trick
Objective versus Subjective Testing
Writing the Essay Response
Follow Directions
Choices, Choices, Choices
A Few Nuts and Bolts
Always Review Your Test Results
Don’t Get Smart
Final Thoughts

CHAPTER 9: Reading for Higher Education
Form a Partnership
Question Everything
Break It Down
Note-Taking and Reading
The Meaning of Words
How Written Ideas Are Organized
Context Shapes Meaning
Understand What You Read
Skim before Reading
See the Forest
Speed Reading
Reading across the Disciplines
Reading with a System
The Next Generation Reading System: SQVR

CHAPTER 10: Writing for Higher Education
Task versus Time
Your Purpose for Writing
Function
Eradicate Misplaced Modifiers
Ambiguity Is a Problem
Ambiguity Is Your Best Friend
Bring It to Life
Hey, Slow Down a Bit
Length and Format
Writing across the Disciplines
Know the Rules
International Affairs
Bend the Rules
Revise Your Work 
Writer’s Reference to the Rescue
Proofread Your Work 

CHAPTER 11: Presenting for Higher Education
Don’t Let Unknowns Derail You
Purpose of Presenting
How Should You Organize It?
Targeting Your Audience
Material
Methods
Tips for Effective Presentations
Have Fun

APPENDIX:  Logical Fallacies 

GLOSSARY

INDEX

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TC Stuwe

TC Stuwe calls himself a simple country boy, but don’t let that fool you. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges on the West Coast, which, along with its envied reputation for academic rigor, has a proud history of besting its rival Harvard University in football year after year. The name of that institution is Linfield College.

Stuwe had no idea when he was cast as the teacher in his third-grade play that he would someday become a teacher; it just happened. He bounced around for years of his adult life from one trade to another (which he calls his “grounding in the humanities”). With a keen interest in writing, he eventually settled into journalism. He developed his chops as a reporter then copy editor for a local newspaper. He was the original publisher and first editor of Point & Click, a monthly for computer enthusiasts in the early days of GUIs. Later he became a legal copy editor for the Oregon State Legislature but grew bored and began commuting to Portland for night classes.

Before even completing his degree of mastery at Portland State University, Stuwe was recruited by Linn-Benton Community College to teach four simultaneous sections of first-year experience courses—nearly a full-time load. When his alma mater Chemeketa Community College hired him away from Linn-Benton into a full-time position, he resigned his position at the state capitol and accepted his destiny as a college educator.

In 2003, Stuwe was hired by Salt Lake Community College, one of the largest comprehensive community colleges in the United States. There he currently holds the tenured rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Education.

Stuwe’s breadth of academic, personal, and professional experiences have uniquely qualified him to speak and act on issues of leadership and college success. He has been on the leading edge of advancements in his field throughout his years at Salt Lake Community College, and he has tapped into some of the best educational minds in the nation. His long awaited book, Become the Higher Learner, was more than 15 years in the making.

Now in it's 4th editon, Become the Higher Learner continues to receive rave reviews from the most important critics of all, the learners who use it in their classes:

"The most in-depth and helpful textbook ever. An easy and enjoyable read!"
-Alanis V.

"Since I have been in college for two years, I thought this book would be a refresher of things I already knew. But instead, it made me rethink my college experience."
-Tamara M.

"I'm a non-traditional student who would have greatly benefited from this textbook when I originally enrolled at the university out of high school. I was fundamentally unprepared. I had so many questions, and this textbook provides the answers."
-Jacob C.

And here is what peer reviewers are saying about Become the Higher Learner:

"I love that the author really tries to help the student understand the differences between high school and college."

 "The author did an excellent job in both the writing style and overall presentation of material. It is visually appealing, and not over-powering.  I like the flow of the writing style. The content is both interesting and engaging.  I like the illustrations--they are on point. Great job!"

 "The concepts and content are quite relevant. Concepts such as ownership, higher learning and relating, etc. are good to introduce during the first-year."

"The information was effectively presented... relevant, interesting, thought provoking, easy to follow."

"Writing style is clear, simplistic, and written in an engaging, and easy to understand language.  The graphics are attractive and helps to make content even more interesting.  I like the flow."

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