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Practicing College Learning Strategies 7th Edition

Carolyn H. Hopper

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Straightforward and practical, PRACTICING COLLEGE LEARNING STRATEGIES, 7th Edition focuses on creating a smooth transition to college for first year students. 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. The narrative and activities -- which are thoughtfully constructed using strategies supported by brain research and neuroscience -- guide students in the reflection process to make the information personal and useful. By combining practical application with learning strategies theory, this resource motivates students and teaches them how to learn.

Carolyn H. Hopper, Middle Tennessee State University

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 ( 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.”

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  • 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.

Practicing College Learning Strategies


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.

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Cengage Learning's College Success Factors Index 2.0 (CSFI 2.0) is an online resource to help you assess yourself at the start of a course in ten key areas linked to college success, allowing you to identify your areas for improvement to increase your likelihood of success. It also enables you to determine your progress at the end of the course.