Higher Education

Taking Charge of Your Learning: A Guide to College Success, 1st Edition

  • Dianna L. Van Blerkom University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
  • ISBN-10: 0534539491  |  ISBN-13: 9780534539498
  • 304 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00
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Written by a recognized leader in the field, this learning strategies textbook gives students the strategies they need to become better learners and achievers. Using its signature workshop format, TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE SUCCESS actively imparts learning strategies through engaging hands-on activities. By combining experience and solid data with a step-by-step approach, the workshops and strategies included in TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING give students their best chance of collegiate success.

Features and Benefits

  • The text provides a step-by-step approach to learning strategies, clear explanations of each strategy, and an emphasis on active learning.
  • "Where Are You Now?" activities open each chapter so students can evaluate their current use of learning strategies. These assessments also provide an overview of the strategies that will be discussed.
  • Each chapter includes four "Taking Charge of Your Learning" workshops. Some of them are designed for practice and feedback, some to give an opportunity to apply what was learned, and others to allow students to work in groups and gain experience from a learning community.
  • "What Would You Do?" workshops provide case studies for class discussion. As students read each workshop essay, they are encouraged to analyze mistakes and develop strategies to resolve those problems.
  • The "Taking Charge of Your Life" workshops, located between each of the chapters, are designed to help students make a more successful transition to college. They focus on topics such as clarifying values, working collaboratively, staying healthy, and building relationships.

Table of Contents

1. Becoming a Successful Student.
2. Managing Your Time.
3. Taking Lecture Notes.
4. Improving Your Learning and Memory.
5. Reading Your Textbook.
6. Marking Your Textbook.
7. Organizing Text Information.
8. Preparing for Exams.
9. Taking Tests.
10. Preparing for Finals.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dianna L. Van Blerkom

Dianna L. Van Blerkom is an experienced author and educator. She is an assistant professor in the Academic Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and previously served as the director. She also has published numerous articles and textbooks, including COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS: BECOMING A STRATEGIC LEARNER, TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE SUCCESS, and COLLEGE READING AND STUDY STRATEGIES with co-author Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt.