Keys To Success: Core Concepts, Canadian In-class Edition by Carol J. CarterKeys To Success: Core Concepts, Canadian In-class Edition by Carol J. Carter

Keys To Success: Core Concepts, Canadian In-class Edition

byCarol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits

Paperback | March 15, 2007

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Since the full volume was first published, the Canadian edition of Keys to Success has set the standard for helping students understand how to be successful in College, Career, and Life. This new Core Concepts edition offers instructors and students a briefer version of the full volume, building on the book's established strengths, while adding new In-Class features. Students will hone their ability to think analytically, creatively, and practically; understand and work effectively with their learning styles; and learn the core skills they need to succeed in college and the world of work.

Title:Keys To Success: Core Concepts, Canadian In-class EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 11 × 8.25 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0131492772

ISBN - 13:9780131492776


Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Welcome to Post-Secondary Education:  Opening Doors to Success


I.       Where are you now – and where can higher learning take you?


II.      How can successful intelligence help you achieve your goals?

        A.     Successful intelligence focuses on actions

        B.     Successful intelligence powers success


III.     How will Keys to Success help you build successful intelligence?

        A.     The chapter material

        B.     The in-chapter activities

        C.     The end-of-chapter exercises


IV.    What will motivate you to make the most of learning?

        A.     Focus on your self-esteem

                1.     Think positively

                2.     Take action

        B.     Be responsible

        C.     Develop positive habits

        D.     Face your fears


V.     How can what you learn now help you succeed in school, work, and life?

        A.     Higher learning helps you value diversity

        B.     Higher learning prepares you to learn from failure and celebrate success

                1.      Learning from failure

                2.      Celebrating success

        C.     Higher learning helps you apply successful intelligence in a changing world


Chapter 2

Values, Goals, Time, and Stress:  Managing Yourself


I.       Why is it important to know what you value?

        A.      Identifying and evaluating personal values

        B.     Values affect your educational experience

        C.     Academic integrity:  Ethical values promote success at school

        D.    Values and cultural diversity


II.     How do you set and achieve goals?

        A.     Set long-term goals

        B.     Set short-tem goals

        C.     Prioritize goals

        D.    Work to achieve goals


III.    How can you effectively manage your time?

        A.     Identify your time-related needs and preferences

        B.     Build a schedule

                1.      Use a planner

                2.      Keep track of events and commitments

                3.      Schedule tasks and activities that support your goals

                4.      Indicate priority levels

        C.     Use scheduling technique

                1.      Plan regularly

                2.      Post monthly and yearly calendars at home

                3.      Make and use to-do lists

        D.  More suggestions for time management

        E.  Procrastination

        F.   Avoiding procrastination

        G.  Be flexible


IV.   How do you cope with the stress of being a student?

        A. Stress management strategies



Chapter 3

Learning Styles, Education and Careers: 

Knowing your talents and finding your direction



I.      How can you discover your learning styles?

        i.       The value of learning styles assessments

        ii.       Putting assessment results in perspective

        iii.      Assess your Multiple Intelligences

        iv.     Assess your personality with the Personality Spectrum


II.    What are the benefits of knowing how you learn?

        i.       Academic benefits

        ii.      Career benefits


III.   How can Multiple Intelligences help you explore occupations and careers?

        A. Use career exploration strategies



IV.    Personal Triumph:  Terry Fox


Chapter 4

Successfully Intelligent Thinking:

Analytical, Creative and Practical Thinking for Solving Problems and Making Decisions


I.       What is successfully intelligent thinking?

        A.     Successfully intelligent thinking is balanced

        B.     Successfully intelligent thinking means asking and answering questions

        C.     Successfully intelligent thinking requires knowing your purpose

        D.    Successfully intelligent thinking is yours to build


II.     How can you improve your analytical thinking skills?

        A.     Gather information

        B.     Analyze and clarify information

                1.      Break information into parts

                2.      Examine whether examples support ideas

                3.      Distinguish fact from opinion

                4.      Examine perspectives and assumptions

                5.      Perspectives and assumptions in information

                6.      Personal perspectives and assumptions

        C.     Evaluate information


III.    How can you improve your creative thinking skills?

        A.     Brainstorm

        B.     Shift your perspective

        C.     Set the stage for creativity

        D.    Take risks


IV.    How can you improve your practical thinking skills?

        A.     Experience helps develop practical thinking skills

        B.     Practical thinking means action


V.     How can you use analytical, creative, and practical thinking together to solve a problem or make a decision?

        A.     Solving a problem

        B.     Making a decision

        C.     Keeping your balance


Chapter 5

Reading and Learning: Focusing on Content


I.      What will help you understand what you read?


II.     How can you set the stage for reading?

        i.      Take an active approach to difficult texts

        ii.      Choose the right setting

        iii.      Define your purpose for reading

        iv.      Use special strategies with math and science texts

        v.      Develop strategies to manage learning disabilities

        vi.      Build reading speed

        vii.      Expand your vocabulary

                1.      Analyze word parts

                2.      Use words in context

                3.      Use a dictionary


III.   How can SQ3R help you own what you read?

        i.      Survey

        ii.      Question

        iii.      Read

        iv.      Recite

        v.      Review


IV.    How can you respond critically to what you read?

         i.      Use knowledge of fact and opinion to evaluate arguments

         ii.      Media literacy


V.     Why and how should you study with others?

         i.      Leaders and participants

                1.      Being an effective participant

                2.      Being an effective leader

         ii.      Strategies for study group success


Chapter 6

Research and Writing: Gathering and Communicating Ideas


I.      How can you make the most of your library?

                A.     Start with a road map

                B      Learn how to conduct an information search

            1.      Narrowing your topic

            2.      Conducting a keyword search

                C. Conduct research using a search strategy

            1.      Use general reference works

            2.      Browse through books on your subject

            3.      Use periodical indexes to search for periodicals

            4.      Ask the librarian


V.     How can you use the Internet to research?

                A.     Know the basics

                B.     Use subject directories and search engines

            1.      Internet search strategy

                C.     Use analytical thinking to evaluate every source


VI.     What is the writing process?

                 A.     Planning

            1.      Open your mind through brainstorming

            2.      Narrow your topic through prewriting strategies

            3.      Conduct research and make notes

            4.      Write a thesis statement

            5.      Write a working outline

            6.      Create a checklist

                B.     Drafting

            1.      Freewriting your draft

            2.      Writing an introduction

            3.      Creating the body of a paper

            4.      Writing the conclusion

            5.      Avoiding plagiarism:  Crediting authors and sources

            6.      Continue your checklist

                C.     Revising

            1.      Using analytical abilities as you revise

            2.      Evaluating paragraph structure

            3.      Checking for clarity and conciseness

                D.    Editing

            1.      A final checklist 


Chapter 7

Listening, Note Taking and Memory:

Receiving, Recording, and Remembering Information


I.      How can you become a better listener?

            A.     Know the stages of listening

            B.     Manage listening challenges

                1.      Divided attention and distractions

                2.      Shutting out the message

                3.      The rush to judgement

                4.      Hearing loss or learning disabilities

            C.     Become an active listener


II.         How can you make the most of note taking?

             i.      Preparing to take class notes

            ii.      Record information effectively during class

                1.      Taking notes during class discussions

            iii.      Review and revise your notes

                1.      Plan a review schedule

                2.      Revise using other sources and successful intelligence

                3.      Summarize

                4.      Work with study groups


III.       Which note taking system should you use?

            i.      Take notes in outline form

            ii.      Use the Cornell note-taking system

            iii.      Create a concept map


IV.      How can you record information faster?


V.        How does memory work?

            i.      Three types of memory

            ii.      Retaining information in long-term memory


VI.        What memory strategies can improve recall?

             i.      Strategies for encoding and recall

             ii.      Use mnemonic devices

                1.      Create visual images and associations

                2.      Use visualization

                3.      Create acronyms

                4.      Develop acrostics

                5.      Use songs and rhymes


VII.      Personal Triumph


Chapter 8

Test Taking: Showing What You Know


I.       How can preparation improve test performance?

                A.     Identify test type and material covered

                B.     Create a review plan and schedule

                C.     Prepare through careful review

                D.    Take a pre-test

                E.     Understand the level of learning required

                F.      Prepare physically

                G.    Make the most of last-minute studying


II.      How can you work through test anxiety?

                A.     Prepare thoroughly

                B.     Maintain a positive attitude

                C.     Use life experiences


            III.     What general strategies can help you succeed on tests?

                A.     Write down key facts

                B.     Begin with an overview

                C.     Read test directions

                D.    Mark up the questions

                E.     Take special care on machine-scored tests

                F.      Work from easy to hard

                G.    Watch the clock

                H.    Master the art of intelligent guessing

                I.        Maintain academic integrity


IV.    How can you master different types of test questions?

                A.     Multiple-choice questions

                B.     True-False questions

                C.     Matching questions

                D.    Fill-in-the-blank questions

                E.     Essay questions


V.     How can you learn from test mistakes?


Chapter 9

Relating to Others: Communicating in a Diverse World


I.       How do you experience diversity?

                A.     Diversity affects everyone

                B.     Diversity on campus


II.      How can you develop cultural competence?

                A.     Value diversity

                B.     Identify an evaluate personal perceptions and attitudes

            1.      Prejudice

            2.      Stereotypes

                C.     Be aware of what happens when cultures interact

            3.      Discrimination

            4.      Hate crimes

                D.    Build cultural knowledge

                E.     Adapt to diverse cultures


III.     How can minority students make the most of college or university?

                A.     Define your perspective

                B.     Define your experience


IV.     How can you communicate effectively?

                A.     Adjust to communication styles

            1.      Identifying communications styles

            2.      Speakers adjust to listeners

            3.      Listeners adjust to speakers

                B.     Make use of constructive feedback

            1.      Offering constructive feedback

            2.      Receiving feedback

                C.     Understand body language

                D.    Communicate across cultures

                E.     Manage conflict

            1.      Conflict prevention strategies

            2.      Conflict resolution

                F.      Manage anger


V.     How do you make the most of personal relationships?

                A.     Use positive relationship strategies

                B.     Avoid destructive relationships

            1.      Sexual harassment

            2.      Violence in relationships

            3.      Rape and date rape

                C.     Choose communities that enhance your life


Chapter 10

Creating Your Life: Building a Successful Future


I.       How can you maintain a healthy body and mind?

                A.     Eat right

                B.     Exercise

            1.      Types of exercise

                C.     Get enough sleep

                D.    Recognize mental health problems


II.     How can you make successful intelligent decisions about substances and sex?

                A.     Alcohol

                B.     Tobacco

                C.     Drugs

                D.    Identifying and overcoming addiction

                E.     Sexual decision making

            1.      Birth control

            2.      Sexually transmitted diseases


III.    How can you continue to activate your successful intelligence?


IV.   How can you create and live your personal mission?

                A.     Live with integrity

                B.     Aim for your personal best