Study Sense: What Memory Research Tells Us about Studying in College
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Study Sense 4e is a unique learner’s handbook in textbook format for use in college Freshman Experience courses.
Based on researched principles of how memory functions, Study Sense clearly and simply lays out the beauty of learning, beginning with learning to listen and going on to apply memory principles directly to the process of study.
Using Study Sense opens an entirely new vista of confidence for students that they can master what appear to be even the most difficult courses. It empowers them to fully understand any subject for themselves at the level of their instructors. Simple, but powerful, sections include vital direction on managing online courses, sleep cycles, and time management for learners of all ages and backgrounds, both traditional students and adults returning to school.
Previous editions have been used successfully for over 20 years with rave reviews from both students and instructors. Students consistently report that Study Sense has increased their understanding and academic success while reducing their stress levels and overall study time. All report that they wish they had access to it earlier in their educational experience.
CHAPTER 1 PREPARING TO LEARN
CHAPTER 2 CORE LISTENING SKILLS
CHAPTER 3 MEMORY BASICS, SLEEP & TIME MANAGEMENT
CHAPTER 4 ORGANIZATION PART 1
CHAPTER 5 ORGANIZATION PART 2
CHAPTER 6 PACING & RHYTHM
CHAPTER 7 REACHING THE GOAL OF OVERLEARNING
CHAPTER 8 MASTERING MATHEMATICS
CHAPTER 9 EXAM PREPARATION & TEST ANXIETY
CHAPTER 10 DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL HABITS
APPENDIX I MEMORY PRINCIPLES PUT INTO ACTION
APPENDIX II MEMORY LEVELS, ENTRY KEYS & TESTING REQUIREMENTS
APPENDIX III A SEVEN-STEP STUDY PLAN
APPENDIX IV THE DISCIPLINE OF UNLOCKING MATHEMATICAL INTUITION
APPENDIX V REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLEGE-QUALITY WORK
APPENDIX VI 4 REASONS WHY PROCRASTINATION DEFEATS MEMORY
Kristina Klassen is an award-winning educator. Spanning over 50 years she has been teaching students from kindergarten through PhD level. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UCLA and earned her Master of Science degree from Eastern Washington University in Applied Psychology, Community College Teaching Emphasis. Her masters’ thesis was on the effect of mechanical errors on both grades and instructors’ perceptions of both a student’s academic ability and personal character.
Teaching awards include the coveted North Idaho College Faculty Achievement Award, for which she was nominated 3 times, the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the Associated Students, the Athletic Department Award for faculty support of student athletes, and “The Paladin’s Award” from a student club on campus for teaching excellence.
She has been researching memory as applied to the study process for over 20 years, presenting her research at the Psi Chi session of the Western Psychological Association National Conference and the Cardinal Connections Symposium at North Idaho College. She presented workshops on studying effectively to the students of North Idaho College every semester for 16 years, tutor training for the TRIO program and NIC peer tutors, as well as study seminars for North Idaho College athletic teams, workshops on how drugs affect the brain, and managing sleep cycles for maximum academic efficiency.
Her broad range of academic experience includes homeschooling her five children K-10, substitute teaching and coaching drill/dance teams at the middle & high school levels, working for 2 years in elementary school Title I, serving as adjunct faculty at Eastern Washington University and the University of Idaho teaching freshman through graduate school courses, and enjoying 9 years as adjunct and 20 years as tenured faculty at North Idaho College.
Subjects she has taught include Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, The Psychology of Learning, Sensation & Perception, Cognitive, Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Cognitive Development.
Kristina lives in Hayden, Idaho, with her husband of 51 years and has recently retired from teaching at North Idaho College. She enjoys her family and friends, writing, crocheting, and is looking forward to trying new things.
John Klassen is an award-winning educator in technical and academic developmental math, specializing in practical mathematics for the trades. Since the time he graduated from the University of British Columbia his entrepreneurial efforts began 3 successful businesses and propelled him to acquire his Masters in Applied Teaching of Mathematics, becoming tenured faculty at North Idaho College, from which he is recently retired after 17 years.
At North Idaho College he developed individual courses specifically for each of the trade programs: Carpentry, Electronics, Welding, Maintenance Mechanics, Heating/Air Conditioning, and Machine Technology. On the academic side, he taught Math in Modern Society, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and Trigonometry.
He has presented his unique, highly successful approach to mastering all levels of mathematics at the Washington State Mathematics Conference, as well as to NIC students twice yearly for the past 15 years, as part of training both peer tutors at North Idaho College and the TRIO program.
He received distinction in mathematics education by twice receiving the coveted North Idaho College Faculty Achievement Award (nominated 3 times), the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the Associated Students (twice), the Athletic Department Award for faculty support of student athletes, Outstanding Mathematics Adjunct Faculty award, Outstanding Professional-technical Faculty Member award, the Outstanding Faculty award from the TRIO student support program as well as the North Idaho College Sterling Silver Award for outstanding employee.
His broad range of academic experience includes homeschooling his five children K-10 in mathematics, teaching high school mathematics, and enjoying 26 years as adjunct and then tenured faculty at North Idaho College.
John lives in Hayden, Idaho, with his wife of 51 years and has recently retired from teaching at North Idaho College. He enjoys being with family and friends, woodworking, canoeing, and fixing things.