College Reading and Study Skills

College Reading and Study Skills, 14th edition

  • Kathleen T. McWhorter, 
  • Brette M. Sember

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Overview

College Reading and Study Skills will prepare you for success in college and beyond. You'll learn ways of selecting, processing, and organizing information to support deeper learning. You'll also acquire better strategies for time management, note-taking, improving vocabulary, and comprehension.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780137530809

Subject: Developmental English

Category: Developmental Reading

Table of contents

I: BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Success Workshops:
1. Read and Learn Online
2. Manage Your Electronic Life

1. First Steps to Academic Success
Establishing Goals and Managing Your Valuable Time
Analyzing Your Learning Style
Understanding Your Instructors' Teaching Styles
Meeting Your Instructors' Expectations
Developing Active Learning Strategies
Thinking Critically
Using College Textbooks: Keeping Track of and Analyzing Reading Assignments
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


2. Taking Notes in Class
Sharpening Your Listening Skills
Preparing for a Class Lecture
How to Take Lecture Notes
How to Edit Your Notes
How to Study Your Notes
Using College Textbooks: Taking Notes on Textbook Readings
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


3. Communicating in the Classroom
Listening Critically
Asking and Answering Questions
Participating in Class Discussions
Working on Collaborative Activities
Making Oral Presentations
Communicating with Your Professors
Using College Textbooks: Preparing for Class Discussions
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


II: USING COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS
Success Workshops:
3. Work with New Course Formats: Online, Hybrid, and Flipped Courses
4. Strengthen Your Concentration 


4. Identify and Organize What to Learn
Paraphrasing
Highlighting
Marking a Textbook
Organizing by Outlining
Summarizing: Condensing Ideas
Mapping: A Visual Means of Organizing Ideas
Avoiding Plagiarism
Using College Textbooks: Knowing What Is Important and Identifying Supporting Details
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz

5. Learning and Memory
Forgetting
An Overview of the Learning and Memory Process
Learning Strategies
Review
Using College Textbooks: Deciding What to Learn
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


III: ESSENTIAL READING SKILLS
Success Workshop:
5. Improve Your Reading Rate and Flexibility

6. Active Reading Strategies
Previewing and Predicting Before Reading
Discovering What You Already Know
Defining Your Purposes for Reading
Checking Your Comprehension as You Read
Strengthening Your Comprehension of Text
Reviewing After Reading
Strengthening Your Comprehension of Visual Aids
A Classic System for Active Reading: SQ3R
Using College Textbooks: Reading Difficult Textbooks
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz

7. Expanding Your Vocabulary
General Approaches to Vocabulary Expansion
A Strategy for Learning Unfamiliar Words
Using Context Clues
Analyzing Word Parts
Using Reference Sources
Learning Specialized Terminology
Systems for Learning Vocabulary
Using College Textbooks: Locating Word Meanings
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


8. Understanding Paragraphs
Three Essential Elements of a Paragraph
How to Identify the Topic
How to Find the Main Idea
Where to Find the Topic Sentence
Recognizing Details
Transitions
Unstated Main Ideas
Using College Textbooks: Locating Main Ideas
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


9. Following Thought Patterns
The Organization of Textbook Chapters
Types of Supporting Information
Recognizing Organizational Patterns
Using College Textbooks: Identifying Patterns
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz

IV: THINKING CRITICALLY AS YOU READ
Success Workshop:
6. Build Your Information Literacy and Recognize Fake News 


10. Evaluating the Author's Message
Making Inferences as You Read
Evaluating Author and Source Credibility
Evaluating Internet Sources
Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
Identifying the Author's Purpose
Being Alert for Bias
Analyzing the Author's Tone
Analyzing Arguments
Evaluating Data and Evidence
Thinking Critically about Graphics
Using College Textbooks: Critical Thinking Questions
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz

11. Evaluating Authors' Techniques
Paying Attention to Connotative Language
Examining Figurative Language
Watching for Missing and Misleading Information
Being Alert for Generalizations
Examining the Author's Assumptions
Watching for Manipulative Language
Using College Textbooks: Using Critical Thinking Features
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


V: STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Success Workshops:
7. Think Critically About College Course Content
8. Manage Stress

12. Reading and Thinking Critically in Academic Disciplines
Expanding Your Critical Thinking Abilities in Academic Disciplines
What Are the Social Sciences?
What Are the Life and Physical Sciences?
What Is Mathematics?
What Do Literature and the Humanities Study?
What Are the Career Fields?
Using College Textbooks: Expanding Your Knowledge to Other Disciplines
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz

13. Preparing for Exams
Organizing Your Study and Review
Identifying What to Study
Analyzing and Synthesizing Information
Reviewing for Objective and Essay Exams
Preparing for Self-Testing
Using College Textbooks: Using In-Chapter Self-Test Questions
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


14. Taking Exams
General Suggestions for Taking Exams
Hints for Taking Objective Exams
Hints for Taking Standardized Tests
Hints for Taking Essay Exams
Controlling Test Anxiety
Using College Textbooks: Using Headings to Create Practice Tests
Self-Test Summary
Applying Your Skills: Using the Sample Textbook Chapter, Analyzing a Study Situation, Working on Collaborative Projects
Quick Quiz 


VI: THEMATIC READINGS
THEME A: Non-Traditional Addictions
A-1 The Netflix Addiction: Why Our Brains Keep Telling Us to Press Play
A-2 Textbook Excerpt: Addictive Consumption
A-3 A Food Addiction Has Defined My Entire Life. And It Is Slowly Killing Me
Making Connections • What Do You Think?

THEME B: Discrimination
B-1 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever
B-2 Textbook Excerpt: Racial Profiling and Biased Policing
B-3 Singled Out: Are Unmarried People Discriminated Against?
Making Connections • What Do You Think?

THEME C: Controversies in Science
C-1 Shades of Grey in the Ethics of Designer Babies
C-2 The Ocean's Plastic Problem
C-3 Textbook Excerpt: Some Possible Consequences of Global Warming
Making Connections • What Do You Think? 


VII: SAMPLE TEXTBOOK CHAPTER: TEXTBOOK READING AND WRITING
Preparing for the Lecture
Reading the Assignment
Sociology Chapter Excerpt: Race and Ethnicity
Reviewing the Reading Assignment
Attending the Lecture and Participating in Class
Writing About the Reading
Taking Quizzes
Taking the Exam

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