Becoming a Master Student: Concise, 13th Edition

  • Dave Ellis
  • ISBN-10: 0495912816
  • ISBN-13: 9780495912811
  • 256 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2007, 2004
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

A brief version of the best-selling BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, the thirteenth edition of BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. With over 150 less pages than the full edition and 2 fewer chapters, BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE contains the key features and tools of the bigger version, such as interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal Entries, Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI), that have helped traditional students and adult learners alike to identify their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and practice academic and life skills. In this latest edition, students will find even more ways to deepen their knowledge of themselves and the world around them with the new Master Students in Action feature, end-of-chapter Skills Snapshot exercises, and new chapters focused directly on Memory and Health.


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Features/Benefits

  • The Master Student MAP (Metacognitive Application Process) feature provides an organizational framework that introduces each chapter and acts as a common theme throughout the text to guide students to monitor 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 . . . ").
  • The Journal Entry system asks students to explain the whys, whats, and hows in their writing, and offers instructors a more specific and measurable form of journal writing than any other text.
  • The Kolb Learning Style Inventory coverage helps students be more aware of their preferred learning style. By exploring their learning styles, students can discover new options for achieving goals, solving problems, listening more fully, speaking more persuasively, and resolving conflicts between people.
  • Critical Thinking Exercises reinforce concepts learned in each chapter through problem solving, creative thinking, and decision making.
  • Each chapter (including the Introduction) has a Power Process, a unique motivational article that empowers success through the application of strategies that relate to a wide variety of circumstances, issues, and problems.

What's New

  • New! A combined chapter on Time and Money presents time management strategies including goal setting, to-do lists, and using a long term planner as well as money-management strategies including credit card management, paying for education, and planning for the future.
  • New! A dedicated chapter on Memory provides students with various techniques, including mnemonic devices and visualization, to help them become more successful inside and outside of the classroom by increasing their ability to remember.
  • New! A chapter on Health discusses the many ways that students can stay balanced both physically and mentally by eating right, managing stress, and avoiding negative decisions.
  • New! The Skills Snapshot feature ends each chapter by asking students to reflect and go beyond their initial Discovery Wheel responses.
  • Revised! The Learning Style Inventory is now easier to take, score, and interpret. Major new changes include: a cell phone example that shows different approaches to learning in everyday life; highlighted directions and a Journal Entry to prepare students for taking the LSI; a reflection activity; a table connects learning styles to specific strategies to be used for other courses; the article "Returning to the big picture about learning styles" acts as a bridge between the discussion of the Kolb Inventory, Multiple Intelligences, and the VAK; specific content that connects learning styles to students' courses, future careers, and majors.
  • Revised! "Put It to Work" articles end every chapter and feature a new case study, an area for students to reflect, and a bulleted list of specific strategies from the chapter that can be applied to the workplace.

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Table of Contents

Front Matter.
Introduction Making Transitions.
Master Student Map. This book is worthless—if you just read it. Critical Thinking Exercise: Textbook reconnaissance. Get the most out of this book. Critical Thinking Exercise: Commitment. The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System
Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines. Journal Entry 1: Discovery Statement Recalling excellence. Making the transition to higher education. Journal Entry 2: Discovery/Intention Statement: Plan for transition. Classroom civility—what's in it for you. Succeeding in higher education--at any age. Connect to resources
Link to the world of work. Ways to change a habit. Journal Entry 3: Discovery Statement Choosing your purpose. Power Process: Discover what you want.
1. FIRST STEPS.
Master Student Map. First Step: Truth is a key to mastery. Journal Entry 4: Discovery/Intention Statement Create value from this chapter. Critical Thinking Exercise 3: Taking the First Step. Critical Thinking Exercise 4: The Discovery Wheel.
Journal Entry 4: Discovery/Intention Statement Roll your discovery wheel. Motivation—I'm just not in the mood. The Master Student. Claim your multiple intelligences. Critical Thinking Exercise: Develop your multiple intelligences. Learning styles: Discovering how you learn. Learning Style Inventory. Take a snapshot of your learning styles. Scoring your Inventory. Learning Style Graph. Learning styles across the curriculum. Returning to the big picture about learning styles. Balancing your preferences. Using your learning style profile to succeed. Learning by seeing, hearing, and moving: The VAK system. The value of higher education. Attitudes, affirmations, and visualizations. Power Process: Ideas are tools. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Lalita Booth.
2. TIME AND MONEY.
Master Student Map. You've got money and time for what you really want. Journal Entry 7: Discovery/Intention Statement Create value from this chapter. Critical Thinking Exercise: The Time Monitor/Time Plan process. Setting and achieving goals. Journal Entry 8: Discovery Statement: Asses your use of time. Critical Thinking Exercise: Get real with your goals. The ABC daily to-do list. Gearing up: Using a long-term planner. Get the most out of now. Critical Thinking Exercise: The Money Monitor/Money Plan. Journal Entry 29 Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on your Money Monitor/Money Plan. Take charge of your credit. You can pay for school. Critical Thinking Exercise: Education by the hour. Power Process: Be here now. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Al Gore.
3. MEMORY.
Master Student Map. Take your memory out of the closet. Journal Entry 9: Discovery/Intention Statement Create value from this chapter. The memory jungle
Memory techniques. Critical Thinking Exercise: Remembering your car keys—or anything else. Mnemonic devices. Critical Thinking Exercise: Get creative. Mastering Technology: Use your computer to enhance memory. Critical Thinking Exercise: Move from problems to solutions. Power Process: Love your problems (and experience your barriers). Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Pablo Alvarado.
4. READING.
Master Student Map. Muscle Reading. Journal Entry 11: Discovery/Intention Statement. Discover what you want from this chapter. Three phases of Muscle Reading. When reading is tough. Get to the bones of your book with concept maps. Reading fast. Critical Thinking Exercise: Relax. Read with a dictionary in your lap. The twenty-first century researcher—using your library. English as a second language. Reading with children underfoot. Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Wilma Mankiller.
5. NOTES.
Master Student Map. The note-taking process flows. Journal Entry 13: Discovery/Intention Statement Get what you want from this chapter. Observe. Record. Review. Enroll your instructor in your education. When your instructor talks fast. Critical Thinking Exercise: Television note taking.Taking notes while reading. Critical Thinking Exercise: Revisit your goals. Becoming an online learner. Power Process: I create it all. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Harvey Milk.
6. TESTS.
Master Student Map. Disarm tests. Journal Entry 16: Discovery/Intention Statement. Use this chapter to transform your experience of tests. What to do before the test. Cooperative learning: Studying in groups. What to do during the test. The test isn't over until. The high costs of cheating. Let go of test anxiety. Critical Thinking Exercise: Things I like to do. Journal Entry 17: Discovery/Intention Statement Notice your excuses and let them go. Journal Entry 18: Discovery Statement Explore your feelings about tests. Getting ready for math tests. Critical Thinking Exercise: Use learning styles for math success. Celebrate mistakes. Power Process: Detach. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Burt and John Jacobs.
7.THINKING.
Master Student Map. Critical thinking: A survival skill. Journal Entry 20: Discovery/Intention Statement Choose to create value from this chapter. Becoming a critical thinker. Ways to create ideas. Critical Thinking Exercise: Fix-the-world brainstorm. Don't fool yourself: Common mistakes in logic. Gaining skill at decision making. Define your values, align your actions. Choosing your major. Critical Thinking Exercise: Make a trial choice of major. Think critically about information on the Internet. Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking. Critical Thinking Exercise: Explore emotional reactions. Journal Entry 21: Discovery/Intention Statement Reflect on choosing a major. Power Process: Find a bigger problem. Put It to Work.
Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Twyla Tharp.
8. COMMUNICATING.
Master Student Map. Communicating in a diverse world. Journal Entry 22: Discovery/Intention Statement Commit to create value from this chapter. Choosing to listen. Choosing to speak. Journal Entry 23: Discovery/Intention Statement Discover communication styles. Developing emotional intelligence. Managing conflict. Critical Thinking Exercise: Write an "I" message. Thriving with diversity. Staying smart in cyberspace—safe social networking. Strategies for effective writing. Speaking in class. Power Process: Employ your word. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Sampson Davis.
9. HEALTH.
Master Student Map. Wake up to health. Journal Entry 34: Discovery Statement Take a First Step about health. Choose your fuel. Choose to exercise. Choose freedom from stress. Choose to stay safe. Critical Thinking Exercise: Addiction: How do I know? Alcohol and other drugs: THE TRUTH. Power Process: Surrender. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Randy Pausch.
10. WHAT'S NEXT?
Master Student Map. Now that you're done--begin. Journal Entry 36: Discovery/Intention Statement Revisiting what you want. "…use the following suggestions to continue…,". Create your career now. Critical Thinking Exercise: Create your career plan--now. Jumpstart your education with transferable skills. Critical Thinking Exercise: Recognize your skills. Use résumés and interviews to "hire" an employer. Choosing schools . . . again. Service learning: The art of learning by contributing. Join a diverse workplace. Critical Thinking Exercise: Discovery Wheel--coming full circle. Journal Entry 37: Discovery/Intention Statement Revisiting your Discovery Wheel. Critical Thinking Exercise: This book shouts: "Use me! ". Power Process: Be it. Put It to Work. Quiz. Skills Snapshot. Master Student Profile: Lisa Ling.

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Two-part exercise sheets provide a way to encourage students to participate in class. The final step in any classroom exercise can be for students to write Journal Entries on two-part sheets. If you collect the original, letting students keep a copy for their own use, you can read some of the student discoveries and insights anonymously to the rest of the class. Students are interested in what their peers think. Collecting two-part sheets can also be a convenient way to take attendance.


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The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your college success and study skills course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with CourseMate for BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, 13th Edition.

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The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your college success and study skills course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with CourseMate. You'll also receive access to the College Success Factors Index (CSFI), which is designed to Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT,13th Edition.

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Succeed in your college success course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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Succeed in your college success course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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Succeed in your college success course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience with the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT CONCISE, 13th Edition.

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Becoming a Master Student Planner 2011-2012  (ISBN-10: 1111351716 | ISBN-13: 9781111351717)

The Master Student Planner, specifically designed for college students, not only provides a place for you to write down appointments and assignments but also gives you advice and tips on how to accomplish your tasks.

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These cards can be used in many ways, from improving note-taking to facilitating goal setting. One pack of cards is provided for every student who purchases the textbook.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, the best-selling college textbook in America, has been published in three languages and is considered core material by college students and faculty alike. In addition to this book, he has authored and co-authored seven others including FALLING AWAKE and CREATING YOUR FUTURE. Dave Ellis is a respected lecturer and workshop leader who has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Dave 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 at a college for six years where he became Assistant Dean of Student Services and then President. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and 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 is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company. He is 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 to other organizations. You can visit Ellis's website at http://www.daveellisleadership.com. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and five grandchildren.

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