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Practicing College Learning Strategies, 7th Edition

  • Carolyn H. Hopper Middle Tennessee State University
  • ISBN-10: 1305109597  |  ISBN-13: 9781305109599
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

PRACTICING COLLEGE LEARNING STRATEGIES, Seventh Edition, is a readable, straightforward, and practical text that focuses on creating a smooth transition to college for first year students. The text and activities are thoughtfully constructed using strategies supported by brain research and neuroscience. In addition, the structured activities and practices guide students in the reflection process to make the information personal and useful. By combining practical application with learning strategies theory, PRACTICING COLLEGE LEARNING STRATEGIES is a motivational tool teaching students how to learn. The author focuses on putting students in the driver's seat, teaching them how to use all of the tools at their disposal so they'll succeed in college and beyond.

Features and Benefits

  • Because students want proof that the strategies in the book really work, the author has included tips from students who have found success and unique ways to implement the strategies in the college setting.
  • Each chapter ends with a critical-thinking exercise that applies the driving analogy to chapter concepts. Brain research confirms that using metaphors or analogies is one of the best ways for students to demonstrate that they understand a new concept. New learning is only processed into long-term memory by making new connections to connections that are already in the brain. Therefore, the Parallel Parking feature encourages students to think critically about how the strategies used in each chapter and their experience as a college student parallel various driving terms.
  • The Making Connections critical-thinking feature helps students analyze and synthesize what they've learned, and apply new concepts or skills to other courses or situations.
  • The What's Your Advice? case study asks students to synthesize and evaluate what they learn in the form of advice to others.
  • Virtual Field Trips, used as integrated technology boxes, explore college social skills such as managing finances, campus safety, and health and well-being issues, as well as structured Internet assignments to supplement and personalize strategies use in each chapter.
  • Modeling the Learning Process reviews how students used the steps of the learning process to reinforce learning how to learn and make it transferrable to lifelong learning.
  • Brain Bytes throughout the text reinforce the book's approach on brain-based learning and show students how they can teach their brain to learn more effectively.

Table of Contents

1. Making a Smooth Transition to College.
2. Applying the Principles of Time Management.
3. Critical Thinking.
4. Setting Goals.
5. Learning Principles.
6. Processing Information from Lectures.
7. Processing Information from Textbooks.
8. Learning Styles.
9. Test-Taking Strategies.
10. Managing Stress.
11. Information Literacy.
Appendix A: Principles of Studying Math.

What's New

  • Career Connections is a new feature that shows students how the skills they are learning now will apply beyond the college classroom.
  • The Roadmap to Success is a chapter opener map that provides an easy-to-follow guide of the chapter's main topics. Clearly listed learning outcomes introduce exactly what the student will learn.
  • A new introduction, Where Are We Going?, facilitates critical thinking by framing every chapter in terms of the other content in the book, so students understand where and why each strategy fits with the other strategies they are learning.
  • A redesigned interior reflects the book's driving motif to remind students that learning is a journey and they must be in the driver's seat, looking for road signs, planning ahead for where they're going, and reflecting on where they've been.
  • Chapter 10, Managing Stress, has been revised to include a new section on assertiveness training to teach students when and how to say no, in college and in life.
  • Chapter 11, Information Literacy, includes a new section on how to research job possibilities.
  • Exercises have been renamed “Practice” to highlight the need to practice strategies.
  • To help students capture key strategies in the book that will help them across their college classes, “For Your Student Survival Kit” highlights tips that students can capture to create their own personal survival kit.
  • End-of-the-chapter Study Guides allow students to create their own study guides to prepare for tests.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“I really love using Hopper's Practicing College Learning Strategies. It's simple and easily understood. I have not seen another college success textbook that outlines such specific strategies for students to immediately put to use. I can use this text as a great starting point and then build on it according to what my students need that semester.”

— Julia Bensley, SUNY Alfred State College

“This is a good book, and I haven't found one better.”

— Zach Hudson, Mount Hood Community College

“I like the way this text is written, and all of the applications that are available to the students throughout the text.”

— Kim Winford, Blinn College

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This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ College Success resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

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Cengage Learning provides Learning Management System (LMS) integration with our MindLinks service. This service is designed to deliver an optimal user experience through the LMS already used by your institution - facilitating better learning and retention.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carolyn H. Hopper

For more than 30 years, Dr. Hopper has been involved with Student Success at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. She is a nationally known lecturer and workshop leader on topics such as learning how to learn, learning styles, memory, time management, effective classroom techniques, and using technology in the classroom. She is a frequent guest at the National and Fall Energizer conferences for College Survival and is active in the NADE and CRLA organizations. Carolyn's Study Skills website (http://capone.mtsu.edu/studskl/) has been visited by more than a million people! When asked to describe her teaching style, Carolyn says: “I am first of all enthusiastic about learning how to learn. I get excited about learning and hopefully my students catch the spirit. My classes are a combination of lecture supported by many visuals and hands-on activities. Skills for being successful in college are learned by doing. So, once students understand a concept, my aim for them is to develop the skills by practice and make modification to the skills that will work for them. A student in my class can expect homework due every class period. My style may seem casual and somewhat laid back, but each class is carefully planned with goals and objectives in mind. I am extremely demanding but would like to think that I am patient. I try to make sure that everything we do in class is backed up on the website.”