The fourteenth edition of the bestselling BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. Through interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, and hands-on activities that students can apply right away, this text helps studen... more
The fourteenth edition of the bestselling BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. Through interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, and hands-on activities that students can apply right away, this text helps students succeed in college and in life. Tools like the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal System, Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI) deepen students' knowledge of themselves and the world around them. In this latest edition, students will discover that study skills are really life skills with the renewed emphasis on the Master Student Qualities throughout the book. Students will be challenged to apply the Master Student Qualities to new Practicing Critical Thinking exercises and planning for a career by building an effective résumé and learning interviewing strategies they can practice while in college.
Master Student MAP. The Master Student MAP (an acronym for Metacognitive Application Process) feature located on the opening page of each chapter provides an organizational framework that introduces each chapter and acts as a common theme throughout the text to guide students in monitoring thinking ... more
Master Student MAP. The Master Student MAP (an acronym for Metacognitive Application Process) feature located on the opening page of each chapter provides an organizational framework that introduces each chapter and acts as a common theme throughout the text to guide students in monitoring 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 . . . "). What makes this model so effective is that by utilizing the strengths of each learning style, students can implement the monitoring aspect of metacognition as soon as they achieve awareness.
Power Processes. These short, unique motivational articles appear in the beginning of every chapter emphasizing academic success in terms of life skills and behaviors. When students apply the Power Process strategies, they become empowered students in the school of academics, work, and life.
The Discovery Wheel. The most widely recognized feature of Becoming a Master Student, the Discovery Wheel is an activity where students think about the kind of student they are and the kind of student that they want to become. Its twelve sections correspond to the twelve chapters in the text. Assigned at the outset of the course, this exercise helps students assess their current strengths and weaknesses in different areas of student success. Students answer a series of questions and then plot their scores on their Discovery Wheel--a graphic illustration of their skill levels. The purpose of this exercise is to give students the opportunity to change their behavior. Completing the Discovery Wheel a second time allows students to see what behaviors they have changed on their journey to becoming a master student. Students can complete this exercise in the text or online.
Learning Style Inventory. Developed by Dr. David Kolb at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the LSI in Chapter 1 First Steps measures a learner's preferences for perceiving information (taking it in) and processing information (making sense of what she takes in). When these preferences are plotted on two continuums, four unique modes of learning are formed. Students find that although every individual is capable of employing all four modes, each person has a preferred way of learning. The LSI helps students be more aware of their preferred learning style, discover new options for achieving goals, solving problems, listening more fully, speaking more persuasively, and resolving conflicts between people. The LSI is printed on carbonless paper for easy scoring in the text or is available in an interactive format online.
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry system. As students make their way through the chapters, these journal prompts ask students to explain the whys, whats, and hows of applying the chapter skills to themselves in writing, and offers instructors a more specific and measurable form of journal writing than any other text. Students have an opportunity to reflect on their discoveries while setting a plan for action by writing their intentions.
Exercises. Only action makes this book work. Student exercises found throughout the chapters encourage active learning and help develop critical thinking. Becoming a Master Student is a textbook and workbook combined.
Master Student Profiles. Master Student Profiles in every chapter are brief articles about a real person who encompasses master student qualities, with a diverse set including Al Gore, Twyla Tharp, Mark Zuckerberg, Harvey Milk, Lisa Price, and more!
Skills Snapshot. The Skills Snapshot activity ends each chapter and has students link their initial Discovery Wheel answers to what they've learned about the chapter skill, and make their intentions for how they plan to implement the skill in their academic success.
BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT is not just about study skills, it's about life skills. The Master Student Qualities are the guiding force behind BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT. These are not just behaviors that every student should strive for, but every person should strive for. To put a renewed emphasis on t... more
BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT is not just about study skills, it's about life skills. The Master Student Qualities are the guiding force behind BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT. These are not just behaviors that every student should strive for, but every person should strive for. To put a renewed emphasis on these qualities, The Master Student article that outlines these qualities has been moved to the Introduction as the first article students encounter in the book. Students will be reminded of these qualities throughout their BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT journey as the behaviors are now stressed as qualities to continually build and mold within yourself. To be a good person is to also be a good student.
The Power Process articles have moved to the beginning of each chapter to motivate students and illustrate how simple behaviors can lead to great changes and successes in their academic as well as personal lives. Students see upfront how the skills they are learning about in the chapter are just as much about life skills as they are about academic skills. Becoming a Master Student is just as much about shaping master people is it is about shaping master students.
New! Emphasis on Bloom's Taxonomy and all new Practicing Critical Thinking Exercises. To help develop students' critical thinking skills, Chapter 7 Thinking now introduces students to the six different levels of higher thought with Bloom's Taxonomy. The Practicing Critical Thinking exercises that appear in every chapter are brand new and have been developed to step students through the levels of critical thinking. Beginning with the earlier levels of remembering, understanding, and applying, students progress through the chapter exercises and are given more responsibility and exposure to the higher levels of analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Special attention has been given to these exercises to ensure that students and instructors will be comfortable completing the exercises while authentically practicing critical thought, an essential skill for Master Students.
The articles and organization of Chapter 12 Next Steps has seen many revises to ensure a better flow of relevant content. Exercises on career planning (Exercise 34: Make a trial choice of major and Exercise 35: Create an academic plan),and articles on résumé building (Build an irresistible résumé and Fine tune your cover letter) and interviewing (Use job interviews to "hire" an employer) have been revised to ensure the focus is appropriate for first-year students, with a focus of how to build your résumé for potential employers while in school and how to showcase Master Student qualities in your work experience and on your résumé.
NEW! Put This Chapter To Work features have been fully revised to focus on the application of chapter skills to the first-year student--how to apply the chapter skill to your current job, how to apply skills to getting a job, and then real-life application of the skill to once you've attained your desired career position.
Learning Styles Inventory directions and explanations have been simplified and made more apparent, stepping students through how to take the test, as well as clearer explanations of what the test results mean and how students can apply that new knowledge about themselves to their academic coursework and success.
Skills Snapshots now include a reminder for students to include how they scored on the Discovery Wheel for that particular skill so that they can actively think about how well they are learning and applying the chapter skills and make a plan for how they want to do better and get a higher score for this skill when they retake the Discovery Wheel at the end of their Becoming a Master Student journey.