Becoming a Master Student: Concise,
14th Edition

Dave Ellis

ISBN-13: 9781133311584 | ISBN-10: 113331158x

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 264 pages

List Price USD $99.95


A brief version of the best-selling BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, the fourteenth edition of BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE continues to lead the way in meeting the changing needs of today's first-year students. With over 150 less pages than the full edition and 2 fewer chapters, BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE contains the key features and tools of the bigger version, such as interactive journaling, a motivational writing style, the Discovery Wheel, Discovery and Intention Journal Entries, Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI), that have helped traditional students and adult learners alike to identify their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and practice academic and life skills. 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.

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Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator and philanthropist. A respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader, he has captivated audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. Ellis got started in education in 1976, when he taught junior high school math. After earning a master's degree in mathematics, he taught computer science for six years at National American University, where he became assistant dean of student services. In 1979, he designed a course to improve student retention and then traveled the country for a decade conducting workshops for teachers on ways to improve student retention and test scores. He began training coaches in 1983 and started a public course for coaches in 1993. He puts into practice the principles he teaches, utilizing his remarkable system in his own life. Friends and colleagues often describe him as the happiest person they know with an amazingly wonderful life. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company, as well as founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to organizations working toward world sufficiency, environmental integrity, human rights and personal transformation. Ellis has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and other organizations. You can visit his website at www.fallingawake.com. Ellis lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Trisha. They have four daughters and six grandchildren.

  • BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE is not just about study skills, it's about life skills. The master student qualities are the guiding force behind BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE. 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 Qualities 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: CONCISE journey as the behaviors are stressed as qualities to continually build and mold within oneself.
  • Revised! 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 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.
  • Revised! The Learning Style Inventory is now easier to take, score, and interpret. New articles, including "Interpreting your Learning Style graph" and "Developing all four modes," thoroughly explain to students how their LSI score and graph relate to the four modes, which are a unique blend of feeling, watching, thinking, and doing. Learning Style 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.
  • New! 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: CONCISE is just as much about shaping master people is it is about shaping master students.
  • Each chapter (including the Introduction) has a Power Process; a unique motivational article, appearing at the beginning of every chapter. Power Processes are designed to empower success through the application of strategies relating to a wide variety of circumstances, issues, and problems. When students apply the Power Process strategies, they become empowered students in the school of academics, work, and life.
  • 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.
  • The Master Student MAP (Metacognitive Application Process) feature provides an organizational framework that introduces each chapter and acts as a common theme throughout the text to guide students to monitor 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...").
  • The 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's taken 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 Wheel. The most widely recognized feature of BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT: CONCISE, 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. 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 in Chapter 10 (What's Next?) 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.
  • 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, Sampson Davis, Harvey Milk, Lisa Ling, and more!
  • 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: CONCISE is a textbook and workbook combined.
  • 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.

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Master Student Map.
Exercise 1: Textbook Reconnaissance.
Power Process: Discover what you want.
Master student qualities.
Exercise 2: The Master Student in You.
This book is worthless—if you just read it.
Exercise 3: Commitment.
Get the most out of this book 9.
This book is worth $1,000.
The Discovery and Intention Journal Entry System.
Discovery and Intention Statement guidelines.
Journal Entry 1: Declare what you want.
Making the transition to higher education.
Master Students in Action.
Rewrite this book.
Succeeding in school—at any age.
Enroll your instructor in your success.
Motivation—I'm just not in the mood.
Attitudes, affirmations and visualizations.
Ways to change a habit.
Classroom civility—what's in it for you.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 2: Create value from this chapter. Power Process: Ideas are tools. First Step: Truth is a key to mastery. Exercise 4: Taking the First Step. Exercise 5: The Discovery Wheel. Skills Snapshot. Learning styles: Discovering how you learn. Journal Entry 3: Prepare for the Learning Style Inventory. Directions for completing the Learning Style Inventory. Learning Style Inventory. Taking the next steps. Scoring your Inventory. Learning Style Graph. Interpreting your Learning Style Graph. Developing all four modes of learning. Balancing your preferences. Using your learning style profile to succeed. Claim your multiple intelligences. Exercise 6: Develop your multiple intelligences. Learning by seeing, hearing and moving: the VAK system. Master Students in Action. Journal Entry 4: Choosing your purpose. Extracurricular activities: Reap the benefits. Service-learning: The art of learning by contributing. Make the career connection. You don't need this course—but you might want it. Practicing critical thinking 1. Master Student Profile: Lalita Booth. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 5: Create value from this chapter. Power Process: Be here now. You've got the time—and the money. Exercise 7: The Time Monitor. Setting and achieving goals. The ABC daily to-do list. Master Students in Action. Make choices about multitasking. Break it down, get it done: Using a long-term planner. Stop procrastination now. The 7-day antiprocrastination plan. Get the most out of now. Setting limits on screen time. Exercise 8: The Money Monitor/Money Plan. Earn more, spend less. Managing money during tough times. Take charge of your credit. Education is worth it—and you can pay for it. Exercise 9: Education by the hour. Practicing critical thinking 2. Master Student Profile Al Gore. Chapter 2 Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 6 Create value from this chapter. Power Process Love your problems (and experience your barriers). Take your memory out of the closet. The memory jungle. Master Students in Action. Memory techniques. Set a trap for your memory. Exercise 10: Remembering your car keys—or anything else. Your brain—its care and feeding. Mnemonic devices. Practicing critical thinking 3. Exercise 11: Move from problems to solutions. Journal Entry 7: Revisit your memory skills. Master Student Profile: Pablo Alvarado. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 8: Declare what you want from this chapter. Power Process: Notice your pictures and let them go. Muscle Reading. How Muscle Reading works. Phase 1 Before you read. Phase 2 While you read. Five smart ways to highlight a text. Phase 3 After you read. Muscle Reading—a leaner approach. Journal Entry 9: Experimenting with Muscle Reading. Getting past roadblocks to reading. Master Students in Action. Reading faster. Word power—expanding your vocabulary. Mastering the English language. Developing information literacy. Practicing critical thinking 4. Master Student Profile: Matias Manzano. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 10: Get what you want from this chapter. Power Process: I create it all. The note-taking process flows. Observe The note-taking process flows. What to do when you miss a class. Record The note-taking process flows. Review The note-taking process flows. Turn PowerPoints into powerful notes. Note taking 2.0. When your instructor talks quickly. Exercise 12: Taking notes under pressure. Taking notes while reading. Note key information about your sources. Taking effective notes for online coursework. Practicing critical thinking 5. Master Student Profile: Harvey Milk. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 11: Use this chapter to transform your experience with tests. Power Process Detach. Disarm tests. Practicing Critical Thinking 6. Journal Entry 12: Discovery Statement: Explore your feelings about tests. Journal Entry 13: Discovery/Intention Statement: Notice your excuses and let them go. What to do before the test. How to cram (even though you "shouldn't"). Ways to predict test questions. Cooperative learning: Studying in groups. Master Students in Action. What to do during the test. Words to watch for in essay questions. The test isn't over until...The high costs of cheating. Perils of high-tech cheating. Let go of test anxiety. Have some fun! Getting ready for math tests. Celebrate mistakes. F is for feedback. Master Student Profile: Bert and John Jacobs. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 14: Choose to create value from this chapter. Power Process: Find a bigger problem. Critical thinking: A survival skill. Becoming a critical thinker. Ways to create ideas. Exercise 13: Fix-the-world brainstorm. Don't fool yourself: Common mistakes in logic. Think critically about information on the Internet. Gaining skill at decision making. Four ways to solve problems. Overcome stereotypes with critical thinking. Asking questions—learning through inquiry. Thinking about your major. Master Students in Action. Exercise 14: Translating goals into action. Practicing critical thinking. Master Student Profile Twyla Tharp. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 15: Commit to create value from this chapter. Power Process: Employ your word. Communication—keeping the channels open. Exercise 15: Practice sending or receiving. Choosing to listen. Choosing to speak. Master Students in Action. Five ways to say "I". Exercise 16: Write an "I" message. Developing emotional intelligence. Managing conflict. Three ways to say no...respectfully. Communicating across cultures. Strategies for nonsexist communication. Strategies for effective writing. Academic integrity: Avoid plagiarism. Strategies for public speaking. Practicing critical thinking 8. Master Student Profile: Sampson Davis. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 16: Take a first step about your health. Power Process: Surrender. Wake up to health. Choose your fuel. Prevent and treat eating disorders. Choose to exercise. Choose emotional health. Master Students in Action. Asking for help. Choose to stay safe. Observe thyself. Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs: The truth. Warning: Advertising can be dangerous to your health. Journal Entry 17: Discovery/Intention Statement: Advertisements and your health. Practicing critical thinking 9. Master Student Profile: Randy Pausch. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.
Master Student Map. Journal Entry 18: Revisiting what you want and how you intend to get it. Power Process: Be it. Define your values; align your actions. Jumpstart your education with transferable skills. Exercise 17: Recognize your skills. Exercise 18: Create your career plan—now. Exercise 19: Make a trial choice of major. Exercise 20: Create your academic plan. Transferring to a new school. Use résumés and interviews to "hire" an employer. Exercise 21: The Discovery Wheel—Coming full circle. Skills snapshot. Now that you're done—begin. "…use the following suggestions to continue…".Exercise 22: This book shouts, "Use me!". Practicing critical thinking 10. Exercise 23: Do something you can't. Master Student Profile Lisa Ling. Quiz. Skills Snapshot.

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