Higher Education

Developing Textbook Thinking: Strategies for Success in College, 5th Edition

  • Sherrie L. Nist The University of Georgia, Athens
  • William Diehl The Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning
  • ISBN-10: 061812344X  |  ISBN-13: 9780618123445
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998, 1994
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $126.00

About

Overview

The Fifth Edition of Developing Textbook Thinking continues to guide mid- to high-level developmental students through a series of highly successful strategies based on the authors' own BCA system. A four-step process, BCA represents Before Reading, Staying Connected During Reading, and After Reading (Studying and Reviewing.) General strategies for reading and studying are taught in the context of the BCA system, including how to find the main idea, identify supporting details, and take lecture notes.

Table of Contents

I. Understanding College Reading and Studying Demands
1. What You Have to Do
Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Assessment 1: Locating Your Reading Problems
Assessment 2: Study-Strategies Inventory
Assessment 3, Part I: College Study Demands
Assessment 3, Part II: A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
The Reading Journal: Becoming More Aware
Key Ideas
Selection from a Magazine: "Blood and Money"
Selection from a Magazine: "Prisoner of Pain"
2. Getting Started: The BCA''s of Successful Study
Introduction: The BCA''s
Following Effective Strategies
The Basic Strategies
Key Ideas
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
Selection from a Magazine: "I Hate School"
3. Finding the Motivation
Student Attitude and Responsibility
Immediate Gratification Versus Delayed Gratification
If Necessary, Wipe Out the Past
Developing the Big M
Key Ideas
Two Scenarios to Write About and Discuss
Selection from a Magazine: "First Born, Later Born, Rebel or Reactionary?"
Selection from a Magazine: "For $6,000, You Get a Pencil with the Answers Included"
4. Finding the Time
Self-Discipline
Setting Goals
Schedules
Key Ideas
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
Critical Thinking Exercise
5. Taking Notes from Lectures
The Split-Page Method
Types of Lectures
Before the Lecture
Staying Connected: Listening to Lectures
Staying Connected: Taking Notes During the Lecture
After the Lecture
Key Ideas
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
6. Vocabulary Development
Understanding New Words and New Definitions
Using Context
Using the Dictionary
Using Structure
Generative Vocabulary Strategies
Key Ideas
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
Vocabulary Exercises for an Article: "A Colony in the Sky"
Selection from a Magazine: "A Colony in the Sky"
7. Flexibility and Efficiency in Studying
Background Knowledge and Interest
Characteristics of Textbooks
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
Developing Reading-Rate Fluency and Flexibility
Reading Habits That Slow You Down
Strategies to Increase Fluency
Push Yourself to Read Faster
Flexibility
Key Ideas
A Scenario to Write About and Discuss
Selection from a Magazine: "The Date Who Rapes"
Selection from a Newspaper: "Why Everyone Is So Short-Tempered"
II: Developing the BCA''s of College Reading and Study Strategies
BCA''s: A Method of Efficient and Effective Study
8. Before You Read
Learning Principles
Before Reading
Set Goals and Begin to Formulate Test Questions
Selection from a Magazine: "Born Happy?"
Key Ideas
Selection from a Newspaper: "Measuring the Shape We''re In"
Selection from a Magazine (Annotated): "Born Happy?"
9. Staying Connected During Reading
Learning Principles
Being Selective
Key Ideas
Selection from a Chemistry Text (Annotated): "Matter and Energy, Atoms and Molecules"
Selection from a Psychology Text: "The Psychology of Memory"
Selection from a History Text (Annotated): "The New Frontier"
Selection from a Psychology Text (Annotated): "The Psychology of Memory"
10. After You Read: Studying
Learning Principles
Rehearsal Strategies
Primary Rehearsal Strategies
Selecting the Most Appropriate Strategies
Secondary Rehearsal Strategies
Key Ideas
11. After You Study: Reviewing
Learning Principles
Reviewing
The PLAE Model
Key Ideas
PLAE Model
12. Pulling Everything Together: Preparing for Examinations
General Preparation Guidelines
Know the Academic Task
Tips on Reviewing for an Exam
Objective Tests
Essay Tests
Test Anxiety
Key Ideas
Two Scenarios to Think About and Discuss
Appendix: Selections from a Variety of Texts
Selection from a Psychology Text: "The Psychology of Memory"
Selection from a History Text: "Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960-1968"
Selection from a Chemistry Text: "Matter and Energy, Atoms and Molecules"
Selection from a Writing Online Handbook: "Evaluating Sources"
Selection from a Biological Science Text: "Genetics: The Science of Inheritance"
Selection from a Business Text: "Information Systems and Marketing Research"
Discussion and Review Questions
Application Questions
Vocabulary Exercises
Application Exercises

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sherrie L. Nist

Sherrie Nist is in charge of the reading and study skills component of the University of Georgia's Developmental Studies Department. She has published widely in academic reading journals and has become one of the most prominent researchers in her field.

William Diehl

William Diehl is head of the Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning.