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Overview

Many beginning and non-traditional college students are not fully prepared for the academic challenges of higher education. Drawing on years of experience counseling and assisting college students, Dillon's GET CONNECTED: STUDY SKILLS offers students the personal tools and academic skills they need to succeed in college. Chapters 1-6 cover essential study skills, including goal setting, time management and motivation, learning preferences, critical thinking, note taking, and exam strategies, while chapters 7-9 address issues affecting student achievement academically, professionally, and personally. Topics include communication skills, physical and fiscal fitness, and relationship building. In addition, live workshops and E-conferences for study skills instruction are available to supplement the text. Dillon's engaging writing style, clear organization, and solid research, make this a key component in the first-year college student's development.

Ann Dillon, Austin Community College

Ann Dillon earned a B.S. in Education from Duquesne University, a M.Ed. from Slippery Rock University, and a J.D. with Distinction from St. Mary's University. She served as Articles Editor for the St. Mary's Law Journal and an author for the Council of School Attorneys' Journal. She is a member of Phi Delta Phi, Order of Barristers, and the John M. Harlan Society. She has also been a speaker at the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA), National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), and the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Conferences, as well as presenting in service training workshops. She has taught developmental education courses at Community College of Allegheny County and Austin Community College, where she is a member of the Developmental Communications faculty and has taught government and effective learning courses in addition to study skills, vocabulary and reading.
  • Chapters 1-3 cover four crucial study skills topics � goals, time management and motivation, and individual learning preferences. Within the context of these topics, Get Connected with Reading focuses on understanding reading and study systems, identifying topics and main ideas, and identifying major and minor supporting details. Get Connected with Writing provides a review of the mechanics of writing and sentence structure and processes for writing paragraphs and essays.
  • Chapters 4�6 address critical thinking, taking textbook and lecture notes, and exam taking strategies. The Get Connected with Reading sections in Chapter 4-6 cover critical reading skills including understanding author's tone, purpose, and intended audience, recognizing patterns of organization, and answering objective exam questions. Get Connected with Writing provides processes for evaluative essays, patterns of organization, and essay exams.
  • Chapters 7�9 address the other issues that affect student performance: communications, physical and fiscal fitness, and relationships. Students who can make effective oral presentations, understand nonverbal cues, and listen well are equipped with the communication skills for success.
  • Chapters are supported by Pre- and Post assessments entitled "Are You Connected?" and "Have You Connected?"
  • "Get Connected with Technology", "Get Connected with Writing", and "Get Connected with Reading" offer students specific advice on how to improve their abilities.
1. SETTING GOALS FOR SUCCESS.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Developing Goals. Types of Goals. Writing Short-Term Goals. Get Connected with Short-Term Goals. Get Connected with Technology: Campus Networks and Websites. Get Connected with Reading: Reading and Study Systems. Get Connected with Writing: The Mechanics of Writing. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
2. MANAGING TIME AND STAYING MOTIVATED.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Making Weekly and Daily Calendars. Time Tracking. Get Connected with Time Tracking. Weekly Schedules. Get Connected with Weekly Schedules. Daily To-Do Lists. Get Connected with Daily To-Do Lists. Getting and Staying Motivated. Get Connected with Building a College Vocabulary. Get Connected with Technology: Vocabulary and Time Management Tools. Get Connected with Reading: Topics and Main Ideas. Get Connected with Writing: Sentence Structure. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
3. INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PREFERENCES.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Understanding Individual Learning Preferences. Learning Preference Inventories. Get Connected with Sensory Learning Preferences. Sensory Learning Strategies. Cognitive Learning Preferences. Get Connected with Cognitive Learning Preferences. Social Learning Preferences. Get Connected with Technology: Online Inventories. Get Connected with Reading: Major and Minor Details. Get Connected with Writing: Paragraphs and Essays. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
4. THINKING CRITICALLY.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Thinking Critically. Get Connected with Critical Thinking. Creative Thinking. Get Connected with Creative Thinking. Practical Thinking. Get Connected with Practical Thinking. Get Connected with Technology: Sharpen Your Thinking Skills Online. Get Connected with Reading: Tone, Purpose, Intended Audience. Get Connected with Writing: Evaluative Essays. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
5. TAKING TEXTBOOK AND LECTURE NOTES.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Essential Note Taking Skills. Taking Textbook Notes. Taking Lecture Notes. Get Connected with Lecture Note Taking. Get Connected with Technology: Online Note-Taking Tips. Get Connected with Reading: Identifying Patterns of Organization. Get Connected with Writing: Using Patterns of Organization. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
6. EXAM-TAKING STRATEGIES.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Study Review Plans. Staying Calm and Focused. Relaxation Techniques. Get Connected with Relaxation Exercises. Overcoming Negativity. Exam-Day Strategies. Learning from Your Mistakes. Get Connected with Technology: Exam Strategy Websites. Get Connected with Reading: Objective Exam Questions. Get Connected with Writing: Subjective Exam Questions. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
7. COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Speaking Effectively. Preparing for Oral Presentations. Get Connected with Writing Your Oral Presentation. Practicing for Oral Presentations. Using Effective Body Language. Get Connected with Your Body Language. Listening Effectively. Get Connected with Your Listening Skills. Communicating Effectively in Study Groups. Get Connected with Technology: Making Slides and Practicing Etiquette. Get Connected with Reading: Point of View. Get Connected with Writing: Persuasive Writing. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
8. GET CONNECTED WITH PHYSICAL AND FISCAL FITNESS.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Getting and Staying Physically Fit. Making Healthy Eating Choices. Get Connected with Your Diet. Exercising Regularly. Making Wise Health Choices. Getting and Staying Fiscally Fit. Budget Your Way to Fiscal Fitness. Get Connected with Your Finances. Use Your Credit Wisely. Safeguard Your Credit and Identity. Get Connected with Technology: Online Physical and Fiscal Fitness Tips. Get Connected with Reading: Evaluating Written Arguments. Get Connected with Writing: Expository Writing. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.
9. GET CONNECTED WITH RELATIONSHIPS.
Are You Connected? Self-Assessment. Learning Objectives. Integrity, Ethics, and Relationships. Get Connected with Integrity, Ethics, and Relationships. Adopt Positive Role Models. Culture, Diversity, and Relationships. Get Connected with Culture, Diversity, and Relationships. Get Connected with Technology: Integrity and Diversity Websites. Get Connected with Reading: Drawing Logical Conclusions. Get Connected with Writing: Research Papers. Get Connected with Online Help to Write Research Papers. Have You Connected? Self-Assessment. Chapter Summary. References.

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