Becoming a Master Student,
15th Edition

Dave Ellis

ISBN-13: 9781285193892 | ISBN-10: 128519389x

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 416 pages

List Price USD $124.95


BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT Fifteenth Edition is all about "Embracing the new". As students begin their education, they embrace a new culture and need new tools to be successful. BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT can be their guide! Beginning with a new Power Process motivational article called "Embracing the new" students will be empowered to try new tools presented in the textbook to enhance their experience in college and in life. Tools like the Discovery Wheel and Discovery and Intention Journal System to Power Process articles, Master Student Profiles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI), have made BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT the bestselling College Success textbook and will give students a deeper knowledge of themselves and their power to be successful in college. Integrated technology discussions and tips throughout the chapters help today's students navigate the wide variety of web resources and apps that can support them throughout college. And, with the Fifteenth Edition, Cengage's MindTap Course will bring all of these assets to one place with an integrated technology solution.

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Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He is a respected lecturer and electrifying workshop leader who 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 getting 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. His 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 Ellis's website at www.fallingawake.com. Ellis resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Trisha. They have four daughters and six grandchildren.

  • Technology usage is highlighted throughout all the chapters, giving students a variety of suggestions to navigate the plethora of apps and web resources that are available today. "There's an app for that—Using technology for time management" (Chapter 2), "Re-tool your memory" (Chapter 3), "Extending Muscle Reading to Web pages and ebooks" (Chapter 4), "Note-taking 2.0" (Chapter 5), "Using tools to tame your money life" (Chapter 10), and "Tools for lifelong learning" (Chapter 12) are all examples of how technology has been seamlessly interwoven into key study skills topics.
  • Two new Power Processes—"Embrace the new" (Chapter 7) and "Persist" (Chapter 12)—help motivate students to unleash their hidden potential by being open to new things that may be unfamiliar and honing their abilities to be patient and persistent.
  • Many new Journal Entries have been added throughout the chapters to reinforce the importance of discovery, intention, and action. Journal entry topics include: Declare your intention to change a habit, Discover the impact of technology on your time and attention, Create a not-to-do list, Reflect on the care and feeding of your brain, Reflect on your online reading habits, Reflect on your stress management strategies, and Celebrate your gains, clarify your intentions.
  • Six new Master Student Profiles are included to introduce students to motivating, modern figures that have sharpened their master student qualities to succeed: Teresa Amabile (Chapter 1), Sonia Sotomayor (Chapter 3), Richard Blanco (Chapter 5), Irshad Manji (Chapter 7), Salman Khan (Chapter 8), Chimamanda Adichie (Chapter 9), and Sara Blakely (Chapter 10).
  • In the Introduction, the Discovery and Intention Journal System explanations have been redesigned as part of the master student process. Four new articles address the steps and outcomes of the Discovery and Intention Journal System: "The master student process—Discovery", "The master student process—Intention", "The master student process—Action", "Keep the process alive." The Introduction also benefits from now including new articles related to professional work ethics, clearing communicating with instructors, and being a first generation student.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sonia Sotomayor, Richard Blanco, and Sara Blakely!
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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Introduction. The Master Student.
1. Discovering Yourself.
2. Time.
3. Memory.
4. Reading.
5. Notes.
6. Tests.
7. Thinking.
8. Communicating.
9. Diversity.
10. Money.
11. Health.
12. Next Steps.

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Discovery Wheel for Ellis' Becoming a Master Student, 15th

The Discovery Wheel has 12 spokes that represent the 12 themes (and chapters) in the book. The self-awareness that students gain through using this interactive tool provides them with a foundation for honestly assessing their experiences for the rest of their lives. Students simply rate their responses to the questions and the wheel does the rest!

Online Course Manual for Ellis' Becoming a Master Student, 15th

The Course Manual will assist you as part of an integrated package of instructor support materials. The 15th edition features a detailed semester-long lesson plan that includes lecture ideas, homework assignments, group work and activity suggestions, and more. You can also use this online tool to find articles, exercises, icebreakers, and page after page of valuable information on College Success course management.

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