How to Learn Like a Pro!

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Phyllis Nissila, Lane Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Jonathan Tullis, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

The book covers topics superficially, without any depth or reference to theory. The book selectively chooses just a few random strategies to … read more

 

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Reviewed by Taran Cardone, Director of Strengths-Based Learning, Virginia Tech, on 2/9/2017.

The book is an effective primer for its intended audience without becoming too overwhelming. It assists learners hoping to develop critical skills … read more

 

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Reviewed by Terrie Sandlin, Adjunct Faculty, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The book is aptly named and is designed to help readers learn effectively, or like a pro. It is a useful resource for first-time college students, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Bettina Bostock, Academic Success Instructor and Advisor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

How to Learn Like a Pro! covers all the topics needed for a first-time college student to be successful. The way each chapter is organized makes it … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dawn Knight, Instructor, Virginia Tech, on 6/21/2017.

While it would be impossible to cover ALL the learning theories available, the book does a decent job of summarizing some of those most commonly … read more

 

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Overview--Learning Styles and Preferences; Unit Terms
Lesson 1.1: The Three Learning Styles
Lesson 1.2: Visual Learning
Lesson 1.3: Auditory Learning
Lesson 1.4: Kinesthetic Learning
Lesson 1.5: The Brain Dominance Theory
Lesson 1.6: Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory
To the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 1

Unit 2 Overview--Management of Time, Tools, and Study Environment; Unit Terms
Lesson 2.1: World View and Self Efficacy
Lesson 2.2: Procrastination
Lesson 2.3: Schedules and Scheduling
Lesson 2.4: Graphic Organizers and Study Cards
Lesson 2.5: Study Areas and Study Groups
To the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 2

Unit 3 Overview--College Level Critical Thinking and Reading; Unit Terms
Lesson 3.1: Comprehending College Level Reading by Using the Reading Apprenticeship Approach
Lesson 3.2: Getting the Most Out of Your Textbooks
Lesson 3.3: Patterns and Context Clues
Lesson 3.4: Close Reading for LiteratureTo the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 5
Lesson 3.5: Math and Science--Tips for Better Comprehension and for Studying
To the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 3

Unit 4 Overview--Listening and Note-Taking; Unit Terms
Lesson 4.1: Note-Taking Part 1, Listening
Lesson 4.2: Note-Taking Part 2, Key Information and Formats
To the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 4

Unit 5 Overview--Memory Principles and Techniques; Unit Terms
Lesson 5.1: Memory Model and Techniques
Lesson 5.2: Memory as We Age
To the Instructor: Optional Assignments/Activities/Extra Credit Opportunities for Unit 5

Unit 6 Overview--Test-Taking: Pre, Mid, and Post; Unit Terms
Lesson 6.1: Pre- Mid- and Post-Test-Taking Strategies
Lesson 6.2: Handling Test Anxiety
Lesson 6.3: Understanding Test Items

About the Book

How to Learn Like a Pro! features the “big six” effective learning/study skills topics: learning styles and preferences, time and materials management, critical thinking and reading, note-taking, memory principles, and test-taking techniques. Each of the six units featuring a total of twenty-three lessons and accompanying exercises (with a dash of humor here and there) were developed with the diverse student body of the community college in mind as well as learners in other educational venues.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Phyllis Nissila is a Professor in the Academic Learning Skills department at Lane Community College (all campuses), Eugene, OR.