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It's All About Choices: Recipes for Academic Success

Author(s): Marlene F Blumin

Edition: 7

Copyright: 2016

Pages: 416

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In writing It’s All About Choices, Marlene Blumin’s goals were simple:

  • To prepare students for a successful transition to the academic workload in college.
  • To help students understand their learning preferences and how to apply them within their courses in order to develop a personalized repertoire of effective learning strategies.
  • To create efficient and effective learners who master the necessary balance needed for success in college.

This textbook is suitable for courses such as: Freshmen Orientation, Study Skills, College Readiness or Student Success courses

This textbook is suitable for high school and college students.

PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES:

  • REALISTIC AND PRACTICAL TOOLS:

The text is based on the experiences of college students that yielded practical and proven tools.  Students develop insight concerning their behaviors and understand how to become more efficient and effective learners. 

  • STRAIGHTFORWARD STYLE:

The style is direct and to the point. The strategies are presented concisely and as simply as possible. This is a manual for understanding and applying strategies to course-specific contexts.

  • EMPHASIS ON APPLICATION

In every chapter, students have the opportunity to understand the strategy(s), choose one(s) to try in a course, evaluate the effectiveness and personalize the adaptation of the strategy(s) to the course-specific context.

 

FEATURES OF EACH CHAPTER:

 

  • MULTIPLE CASE STUDIES

 

Each of the case studies are based on actual college students issues.  Also, student quotes are included as introductory material.

 

  • NUMEROUS LEARNING STRATEGIES/STUDY SKILLS

 

The strategies that are included have been developed in collaboration with college students and applied to college courses.

 

  • EXERCISES

 

Each of the exercises is intended to reinforce the application of strategies in the students’ courses.  In addition, the final chapter has additional application assignments.

 

Chapter 1: A Starting Point: Assessment

Chapter 2: Collaborative Learning

Chapter 3: Management: Time, Task and Study Environment

Chapter 4: Text Organization

Chapter 5: Note-Taking

Chapter 6: Reading

Chapter 7: Memory

Chapter 8: Exam Preparation

Chapter 9: Exam Taking

Chapter 10: Academic Dishonesty

Chapter 11: Problem Solving

Chapter 12: Procrastination

Chapter 13: Stress Management

Chapter 14: Motivation

Chapter 15 Applications

Marlene F Blumin

Related ISBN's: 9781524900038, 9781524900212

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