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.
- 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.
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