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With a new emphasis on the skills most valued by employers, FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE 4e improves students' abilities to develop and apply the most relevant skills and strategies to both the classroom and the workplace. The Fourth Edition focuses on the Five C's – character, creative thinking, critical thinking, communicating, and collaborating – the top 5 qualities employers seek in their employees. These five skills are addressed at the end of every chapter; supported by new content on Bloom's Taxonomy and professionalism; and emphasized in three new chapters on Character, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Collaborating. A renewed emphasis on the Master Student qualities is incorporated throughout the text, further supporting the Five C's. Through tools like the Discovery Wheel, Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI), Discovery and Intention journal entries, and hands-on activities, students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and learn to continually apply new skills as lifelong learners. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

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Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Ellis got started in education in 1976, when he taught junior high school math. After getting a master's degree in mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University, where he became assistant dean of student services. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993. He puts into practice the principles he teaches, utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. His friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company, as well as founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working toward world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights, and personal transformation. Ellis has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and other organizations. You can visit Ellis' website at Ellis resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. They have four daughters and four grandchildren.
  • New! Chapter 1: Character sets the stage for success in school and beyond by showing students how to define their values and align them with their actions. It focuses on forming positive and productive attitudes and changing poor habits to reach goals. A new article, "Demonstrating a professional work ethic," helps make the connection from civility in the classroom to a professional environment.
  • New! Emphasis on Bloom's Taxonomy. To help develop students' critical thinking skills, Chapter 8 Creative and Critical Thinking now introduces students to the six different levels of higher thought with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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  • New! Five Cs for Your Career. At the end of each chapter, students read about specific ways in which they can develop five crucial qualities that employers seek: character, creative thinking, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Students are asked to practice and develop these critical skills now, so that they may make a seamless transition from success in school to success on the job.
  • To allow for more coverage of the Five Cs, the Time and Money chapters from the previous edition have been combined into one chapter (Chapter 3). To focus on The Five Cs, these topics have their own chapters: Chapter 1 (Character), Chapter 8 (Creative and Critical Thinking), Chapter 9 (Communicating), and Chapter 10 (Collaborating).
  • FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE is not just about study skills, it's about life skills. The Master Student Qualities are a guiding force behind FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE. These are not just behaviors that every student should strive for, but every person should strive for. To put a renewed emphasis on these qualities, The Master Student article that outlines these qualities has been moved to the Introduction as one of the first articles students encounter in the book. Students will be reminded of these qualities throughout their FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE journey as the behaviors are now stressed as qualities to continually build and mold within yourself. To be a good person is to also be a good student.
  • New! The Power Process articles have moved to the beginning of each chapter to motivate students and illustrate how simple behaviors can lead to great changes and successes in their academic as well as personal lives. Students see upfront how the skills they are learning about in the chapter are just as much about life skills as they are about academic skills. FROM MASTER STUDENT TO MASTER EMPLOYEE is just as much about shaping master people is it is about shaping master students.
  • New! Learning Styles Inventory directions and explanations have been simplified and made more apparent, stepping students through how to take the test, as well as clearer explanations of what the test results mean and how students can apply that new knowledge about themselves to their academic coursework and success.
  • New! Chapter 12 Career Management (formerly entitled Working) has been combined with the previous edition's chapter on Careers and revised to ensure a better flow of relevant content. Several new articles have been included on résumé building (Build an irresistible résumé and Fine tune your cover letter) and interviewing (Use job interviews to "hire" an employer). These articles have been revised to ensure the focus is appropriate for first-year students, with a focus of how to build your résumé for potential employers while in school and how to showcase Master Student qualities in your work experience and on your résumé. Other new articles include, "Tap the hidden job market," which focuses on how networking is a powerful tool when job searching and "Creating value from any job," which focuses on managing expectations and how students can benefit from any job by using it as a steppingstone to the next job they want.
  • The Discovery Wheel. The most widely recognized feature of From Master Student to Master Employee, the Discovery Wheel is an activity where students think about the kind of student they are and the kind of student that they want to become. Its twelve sections correspond to the twelve chapters in the text. Assigned at the outset of the course, this exercise helps students assess their current strengths and weaknesses in different areas of student success. Students answer a series of questions and then plot their scores on their Discovery Wheel--a graphic illustration of their skill levels. The purpose of this exercise is to give students the opportunity to change their behavior. Completing the Discovery Wheel a second time allows students to see what behaviors they have changed on their journey to becoming a master student. Students can complete this exercise in the text or online.
  • Learning Style Inventory. Developed by Dr. David Kolb at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the LSI in Chapter 2 First Steps measures a learner's preferences for perceiving information (taking it in) and processing information (making sense of what she takes in). When these preferences are plotted on two continuums, four unique modes of learning are formed. Students find that although every individual is capable of employing all four modes, each person has a preferred way of learning. The LSI helps students be more aware of their preferred learning style, discover new options for achieving goals, solving problems, listening more fully, speaking more persuasively, and resolving conflicts between people. The LSI is printed on carbonless paper for easy scoring in the text or is available in an interactive format online.
  • The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system. As students make their way through the chapters, these journal prompts ask students to explain the whys, whats, and hows of applying the chapter skills to themselves in writing, and offers instructors a more specific and measurable form of journal writing than any other text. Students have an opportunity to reflect on their discoveries while setting a plan for action by writing their intentions.
  • Exercises. Only action makes this book work. Student exercises found throughout the chapters encourage active learning and help develop critical thinking. From Master Student to Master Employee is a textbook and workbook combined.
  • Master Student Profiles. Master Student Profiles in every chapter are brief articles about a real person who encompasses the qualities of successful students and employees, including Fabian Pfortmüller (Co-founder of Holstee), Michael Hyatt (Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers), and Nilofer Merchant (CEO/Founder of Rubicon Consulting).
  • Master Student MAP. The Master Student MAP (an acronym for Metacognitive Application Process) feature located on the opening page of each chapter provides an organizational framework that introduces each chapter and acts as a common theme throughout the text to guide students in monitoring thinking and learning. A reasoning model based on the Learning Style Inventory, the map helps students understand why the chapter matters, what is included in the chapter, how they can use the chapter, and what to think about as they read ("As you read, ask yourself what if . . . "). What makes this model so effective is that by utilizing the strengths of each learning style, students can implement the monitoring aspect of metacognition as soon as they achieve awareness.
Master Student Map. Critical Thinking Exercise 1: Textbook reconnaissance. Power Process: Discover what you want. Master student qualities. Critical Thinking Exercise 2: The Master Student in You. This book is worthless--if you just read it. Critical Thinking Exercise 3: Commitment. Master Employee in Action. Get the most out of this book. The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system. Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines. Journal Entry 1: Discovery Statement Declare what you want. Making the transition to higher education. Rewrite this book. Connect to resources. Succeeding in school--at any age. Leading the way--succeeding as a first-generation student. Enroll your instructor in your success. Meeting with your instructor. Journal Entry 2: Discovery Statement Choosing your purpose. Jumpstart your education with transferable skills. 65 transferable skills. Journal Entry 3: Discovery/Intention Statement Recognize your skills.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 4: Intention Statement. Power Process: Define your values, align your actions. Your money and your values. Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations. Critical Thinking Exercise 4: Reprogram your attitude. Motivation--I''m just not in the mood. Ways to change a habit. Critical Thinking Exercise 5: Change a habit. Classroom civility--what''s in it for you. Demonstrating a professional work ethic. The high costs of cheating. Perils of high-tech cheating. Academic integrity: Avoid plagiarism. Service-learning: The art of learning by contributing. Profile: Lisa Price. Chapter 1 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 5: Intention Statement. Power Process: Ideas are tools. First Step: Truth is a key to mastery. Critical Thinking Exercise 6: Taking the First Step. Critical Thinking Exercise 7: The Discovery Wheel. Learning styles: Discovering how you learn. Journal Entry 6: Discovery Statement Prepare for the Learning Style Inventory (LSI). Directions for completing the Learning Style Inventory. Learning Style Inventory. Using your learning style profile to succeed. Claim your multiple intelligences. Critical Thinking Exercise 8: Develop your multiple intelligences. Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system. Master Employee in Action. Profile: Fabian Pfortmüller. Chapter 2 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 7: Intention Statement. Power Process: Be here now. You''ve got the time--and the money. Critical Thinking Exercise 9: The Time Monitor. Setting and achieving goals. Critical Thinking Exercise 10: Create a lifeline. Critical Thinking Exercise 11: Get real with your goals. The ABC daily to-do list. Break it down, get it done: Using a long-term planner. Stop procrastination now. The seven-day antiprocrastination plan. 25 ways to get the most of out of now. Setting limits on screen time. Master Employee in Action. Make choices about multi-tasking. Critical Thinking Exercise 12: The Money Monitor/Money Plan. No budgeting required. Make more money. Spend less money. Managing money during tough times. Education is worth it--and you can pay for it. Critical Thinking Exercise 13: Education by the hour. Take charge of your credit. Profile: Richard Anderson. Chapter 3 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 8: Intention Statement. Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers). Take your memory out of the closet. The memory jungle. Master Employee in Action. 20 memory techniques. Use your computer to enhance memory. Your mind, online. Critical Thinking Exercise 14: Use Q-cards to reinforce memory. Set a trap for your memory. Critical Thinking Exercise 15: Remembering your car keys--or anything else. Your brain--its care and feeding. Mnemonic devices. Profile: Scott Heiferman. Chapter 4 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 9: Intention Statement. Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go. Muscle Reading. How Muscle Reading works. Phase 1 Before you read. Phase 2 While you read. Five smart ways to highlight text. Phase 3 After you read. Muscle Reading--a leaner approach. Journal Entry 10: Experimenting with Muscle Reading. When reading is tough. Getting past roadblocks to reading. Reading faster. Critical Thinking Exercise 16: Relax. Master Employee in Action. Word power--expanding your vocabulary. Mastering the English language. Developing information literacy. Muscle reading at work. Profile: Michael Hyatt. Chapter 5 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 11: Intention Statement. Power Process: I create it all. The note-taking process flows. Observe: The note-taking process flows. What to do when you miss a class. Journal Entry 12: Discovery/Intention Statement Create more value from lectures. Record The note-taking process flows. Review The note-taking process flows. Journal Entry 13: Discovery Statement Reflect on your review habits. Create more value from your notes. Turn PowerPoints into powerful notes. When your instructor talks quickly. Critical Thinking Exercise 17: Taking notes under pressure. Taking notes while reading. Note this information about your sources. Get to the bones of your book with concept maps. Taking effective notes for online coursework. Profile: Faye Wattleton. Chapter 6 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 14: Intention Statement. Power Process: Detach. Disarm tests. "F" is for feedback. Journal Entry 15: Discovery Statement Explore your feelings about tests. Journal Entry 16: Discovery/Intention Statement Notice your excuses and let them go. What to do before the test. How to cram (even though you "shouldn''t"). Ways to predict test questions. What to do during the test. Words to watch for in essay questions. The test isn''t over until . . .. Let go of test anxiety. Have some FUN!. Critical Thinking Exercise 18: Twenty things I like to do. Getting ready for math tests. Celebrate mistakes. Notable failures. Profile: Al Gore. Chapter 7 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 17: Intention Statement. Power Process: Find a bigger problem and not Risk Being a Fool. Thinking: Moving from "aha!" to follow through. Ways to create ideas. Create on your feet. Creative thinking at work. Becoming a critical thinker. Ways to fool yourself: Common mistakes in logic. Master Employee in Action. Think critically about information on the Internet. Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking. Critical Thinking Exercise 19: Translating goals into action. Asking questions--learning through inquiry. 15 questions to try on for size. Gaining skill at decision making. Four ways to solve problems. Critical Thinking Exercise 20: Move from problems to solutions. Profile: Irshad Manji. Chapter 8 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 18: Intention Statement. Power Process: Employ your word. Communication--keeping the channels open. Critical Thinking Exercise 21: Practice sending or receiving. Choosing to listen. Choosing to speak. Master Employee in Action. Five ways to say "I". Critical Thinking Exercise 22: Write an "I" message. Journal Entry 19: Discovery/Intention Statement Discover communication styles. Communicating with your boss. Critical Thinking Exercise 23: V.I.P.s (Very Important Persons). Three phases of effective writing. Writing in the workplace. Making presentations. Profile: Cesar Chavez. Chapter 10 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 20: Intention Statement. Power Process: Choose your conversations and your community. Collaborating for success. Journal Entry 21: Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on your experience with collaboration. Cooperative learning: Studying in groups. Master Employee in Action. Six simple "people" skills. Create high-performing teams. Critical Thinking Exercise 24: Getting to "done"--the practical art of project planning. Making the most of meetings. Managing conflict. Journal Entry 22: Discovery/Intention Statement Re-create a relationship. Developing emotional intelligence. Thriving with diversity. Master Employee in Action. Critical Thinking Exercise 25: Becoming a culture learner. Asking for help. You are a leader. Profile: Nilofer Merchant. Chapter 10 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 23: Discovery/Intention Statement. Power Process: Surrender. Wake up to Health. Critical Thinking Exercise 26: Take a First Step about your health. Choose your fuel. Prevent and treat eating disorders. Choose to exercise. Choose emotional health. Choose to rest. Master Employee in Action. Developing a strong self-image. Suicide is no solution. Choose to stay safe. Observe thyself. Choose sexual health: Prevent infection. Choose sexual health: Prevent unwanted pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: THE TRUTH. Critical Thinking Exercise 27: Addiction: How do I know?. Some facts . . .. From dependence to recovery. Succeed in quitting smoking. Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health. Journal Entry 24: Discovery/Intention Statement Advertisements and your health. Profile: Randy Pausch. Chapter 11 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 25: Intention Statement. Power Process: Be it. The master employee. Journal Entry 26: Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on your experience of working. Tap the hidden job market. Smart things to do while you''re unemployed. Critical Thinking Exercise 28: Rehearse your job search. Build an irresistible résumé. Fine tune your cover letter. Use job interviews to "hire" an employer. Critical Thinking Exercise 29: Practice answering and asking interview questions. Succeeding as a new employee. Surviving your first day. Creating value from any job. Learning on the job. Make performance reviews work for you. Critical Thinking Exercise 30: Create a personal development plan. Discover yourself: Explore career assessments. Critical Thinking Exercise 31: Use informal ways to discover yourself. Discover the world of work. Re-create your career. Don''t plan your career. Gearing up for a global economy. Critical Thinking Exercise 32: Discovery Wheel--coming full circle. Profile: Ruth Handler. Chapter 12 Quiz. Five Cs for Your Career
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