College Reading And Study Skills

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byKathleen T. Mcwhorter, Brette M Sember

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For courses in Develomental Reading.
 
College Reading and Study Skills
approaches reading and studying as inseparable skills, crucial to success in college and beyond. It teaches reading, critical thinking, and study skills while demonstrating their interdependency. Students are encouraged to approach reading and study skills as methods of selecting, processing, and organizing the information to be learned. The text also covers time management, analysis of learning style, note-taking strategies, improving vocabulary, and strengthening critical comprehension—all elements crucial to student success.

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For courses in Develomental Reading.  College Reading and Study Skills approaches reading and studying as inseparable skills, crucial to success in college and beyond. It teaches reading, critical thinking, and study skills while demonstrating their interdependency. Students are encouraged to approach reading and study skills as me...

Kathleen T. McWhorter is the author of more than a dozen textbooks designed to help students succeed in college. Born in a rural farm community in Upstate New York, she went on to receive her Ed.D. from SUNY Buffalo. For 34 years she taught at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY, where she is professor emerita of...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 10.7 × 8.4 × 0.8 inPublished:January 7, 2016Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

 

Success Workshop 1:  Learn About Your Courses and Your Campus Resources

Success Workshop 2:  Manage Your Electronic Life

 

1.  First Steps to Academic Success

Establishing Goals and Managing Your Valuable Time

Analyzing Your Learning Style

Understanding Your Instructors’ Teaching Styles

Meeting Your Instructors’ Expectations

Developing Active Learning Strategies

Thinking Critically

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Keeping Up with Reading Assignments

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

2.  Taking Notes in Class

Sharpening Your Listening Skills

Preparing for a Class Lecture

How to Take Lecture Notes

How to Edit Your Notes

How to Study Your Notes

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Taking Notes on Textbook Readings

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

3.  Communicating in the Classroom

Listening Critically

Asking and Answering Questions

Participating in Class Discussions

Working on Collaborative Activities

Making Oral Presentations

Communicating with Your Professors

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Preparing for Class Discussions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

 

PART TWO: USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS

 

Success Workshop 3:  Working with New Course Formats: Online, Hybrid, and Flipped Courses

Success Workshop 4:  Strengthen Your Concentration

 

4.  Identify and Organize What to Learn

Paraphrasing

Highlighting

Marking a Textbook

Organizing by Outlining

Summarizing: Condensing Ideas

Mapping: A Visual Means of Organizing Ideas

Avoiding Plagiarism

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Knowing What Is Important and Identifying Supporting Details

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

5.  Learning and Memory

Forgetting

An Overview of the Learning and Memory Process

Learning Strategies

Review

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Deciding What to Learn

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

PART THREE: ESSENTIAL READING SKILLS

 

Success Workshop 5:  Improving Your Reading Rate and Flexibility

 

6.  Active Reading Strategies

Previewing and Predicting

Discovering What You Already Know

Defining Your Purposes for Reading

Checking Your Comprehension

Strengthening Your Comprehension of Text

Reviewing After Reading

Strengthening Your Comprehension of Visual Aids

A Classic System for Active Reading: SQ3R

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Reading Difficult Textbooks

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

7.  Expanding Your Vocabulary

General Approaches to Vocabulary Expansion

A Strategy for Learning Unfamiliar Words

Using Context Clues

Analyzing Word Parts

Using Reference Sources

Learning Specialized Terminology

Systems for Learning Vocabulary

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Locating Word Meanings

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

8.  Understanding Paragraphs

Three Essential Elements of a Paragraph

How to Identify the Topic

How to Find the Main Idea

Where to Find the Topic Sentence

Recognizing Details

Transitions

Unstated Main Ideas

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Locating Main Ideas

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

9. Following Thought Patterns

The Organization of Textbook Chapters

Types of Supporting Information

Recognizing Organizational Patterns

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Identifying Patterns

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

PART FOUR: THINKING CRITICALLY AS YOU READ

 

Success Workshop 6:  Think Critically About Course Content

 

10.  Evaluating the Author’s Message

Making Inferences as You Read

Evaluating Author and Source Credibility

Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion

Identifying the Author’s Purpose

Being Alert for Bias

Analyzing the Author’s Tone

Analyzing Arguments

Evaluating Data and Evidence

Thinking Critically about Graphics

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Critical Thinking Questions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

11.  Evaluating Authors’ Techniques

Paying Attention to Connotative Language

Examining Figurative Language

Watching for Missing Information

Being Alert for Generalizations

Examining the Author’s Assumptions

Watching for Manipulative Language

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Using Critical Thinking Features

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

PART FIVE: STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

 

Success Workshop 7:  Polish Your Academic Image

Success Workshop 8:  Manage Stress

 

12.  Working with Other Academic Sources

Beyond Textbooks: Other Academic Sources

Periodicals: Magazines and Scholarly Journals

Nonfiction and Scholarly Books

How to Read Academic Sources

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Adapting Your Learning Style by Reading Further

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

13.  Preparing for Exams

Organizing Your Study and Review

Identifying What to Study

Analyzing and Synthesizing Information

Reviewing for Objective and Essay Exams

Preparing for Self-Testing

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Using In-Chapter Self-Test Questions

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

14.  Taking Exams

General Suggestions for Taking Exams

Hints for Taking Objective Exams

Hints for Taking Standardized Tests

Hints for Taking Essay Exams

Controlling Test Anxiety

USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Using Headings to Create Practice Tests

Self-Test Summary

Applying Your Skills

         Discussing the Chapter

         Analyzing a Study Situation

Working on Collaborative Projects

Quick Quiz

 

PART SIX: THEMATIC READINGS

Theme A: Controversies in Science

         “Shades of Grey in the Ethics of Designer Babies” Anjana Ahuja

         “What Is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?” Russell McLendon

         Textbook Excerpt: “Some Possible Consequences of Global Warming” Frederick K. Lutgens

         Making Connections

         What Do You Think?

Theme B: Health Issues

“Ethical Dilemmas Surround Those Willing to Sell, Buy Kidneys on the Black Market” Michelle Castillo

         “The Virtual House Call” James Henslin

         Textbook Excerpt: “Self-Help on the Web: Proceed with Caution” Lillian Burke and Barbara Weill

         Making Connections

         What Do You Think?

Theme C: Internet and Communication

         “What Happens When Kids Don’t Have Internet at Home” Rachel Monahan

         “Don’t Let Developing Countries Lag Behind in the Smartphone Revolution” Nathan Eagle

         Textbook Excerpt: “Linking Up: 21st-Century Social Networking” J. Charles Sterin

         Making Connections

         What Do You Think?

 

PART SEVEN: CLASSROOM SIMULATION: TEXTBOOK READING AND WRITING

Preparing for the Lecture

Reading the Assignment

        

Chapter 11, “Race and Ethnicity,” John J. Macionis

Reviewing the Reading Assignment

Attending the Lecture and Participating in Class

Writing About the Reading

Taking Quizzes

Taking the Exam