The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student,
5th Edition

Dave Ellis

ISBN-13: 9781337556354 | ISBN-10: 1337556351

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 168 pages

List Price USD $54.95


THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BECOMING A MASTER STUDENT, 5th Edition, was written with you in mind. Beginning with an introduction to higher education, you will learn about Master Student Qualities -- the attitudes and behaviors that lead to success in the classroom and beyond. Tools such as the Discovery Wheel, the Discovery/Intention Journal Entries, Power Process articles, and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory guide you through self-assessment and discovery, creating a foundation from which to build solid strategies for academic growth. This brief text invites you to put new ideas into action immediately and select additional strategies as you plan for your future. The fifth edition includes a new chapter focused on information literacy to help you navigate the constant streams of information you face every day.

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Meet the Authors

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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.

  • Introduction: "The Master Student Process" now defines Discovery/Intention/Action, and the Skills Snapshot has been updated to include more on building habits.
  • A more streamlined design allows articles to flow and eliminates the distracting clutter in the chapter openers. The chapter openers now have a full table of contents for easier navigation, and many of the Why & How and "Do you have a minute?" sections have been updated.
  • Chapter 5: Updated "Be ready for your next test" article to include information on digital flashcards, expanded content on planning reviews. Replaced technique #7 in "12 memory techniques" and added an action to #8. Modified "Five things to do with your study group" to be more active around self-testing. New closing "Do you have a minute?"
  • Chapter 8: Updated article "Thriving in a diverse world" to include reflection on privilege and prejudice. Revised "Managing conflict" article to include more about internal motivations.
  • Chapter 9: Major update in "Wake up to health." Updated list of recommendations from the USDA in "Choose your fuel." Revision to "Journal Entry: Asking for help."
  • Chapter 1: Expanded the article "Using your Learning Style Profile to succeed" to better help students leverage this powerful tool.
  • Chapter 6: Extensively revised to focus on information literacy; all content is new or revised.
  • Chapter 10: Replaced Technology skills with Information Literacy skills in "50 transferable skills." New "Practicing Critical Thinking: Plan to persist with an academic plan." Revised Skills Snapshot.
  • Chapter 7: New "Do you have a minute?" following "Becoming a critical thinker." New "Journal Entry: Becoming a better writer." Revised Skills Snapshot.
  • The Discovery Wheel sets the stage for learning by helping students formulate a picture of how they see themselves as learners. It is a picture of how they view their strengths and weaknesses as a student today. At the end of the course, students will be able to measure their progress by retaking The Discovery Wheel. This popular exercise is available for students to complete in the textbook or online in an auto-graded format.
  • To help develop students' critical thinking skills, Chapter 7: Thinking Clearly and Communicating Your Ideas 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. 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.
  • A dedicated chapter on developing information literacy, Chapter 6, contains articles and exercises to help students find and filter information and think about it critically, as well as builds awareness on impacts of their use of technology.
  • As students make their way through the chapters, journal prompts ask them to explain the whys, whats, and hows of applying the chapter skills to themselves in writing, and offer 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.
  • Skills Snapshot activities end each chapter and ask students to link their initial Discovery Wheel answers to skills they've learned in the chapter, and consider their intentions for how they plan to implement those skills in their academic success.
  • Each chapter opens with a Master Student Metacognitive Application Process (MAP), providing a framework 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. By utilizing the strengths of each learning style, students can implement the monitoring aspect of metacognition as soon as they achieve awareness.
  • Introduction: Getting Involved starts students off on the right foot with suggestions for making a smooth transition to higher education. From the beginning, students will have the tools they need to be successful in college and beyond.
  • The "Do you have a minute?" boxes throughout the book help students put the skills they are learning into practice right away -- in one minute or less. By taking this proactive approach, students will be able to make the most of the core skills of The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Getting Involved.
1. Using Your Learning Styles.
2. Taking Charge of Your Time & Money.
3. Achieving Your Purpose for Reading.
4. Participating in Class & Taking Notes.
5. Maximizing Your Memory & Mastering Tests.
6. Developing Information Literacy.
7. Thinking Clearly & Communicating Ideas.
8. Creating Positive Relationships.
9. Choosing Greater Health.
10. Choosing Your Major & Planning Your Career.

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