Conditions of Use
The ideas presented in this textbook are set up in a way that is easy for students to understand. I liked the variety of topics. Having worksheets embedded in the text made it simple to use. read more
The ideas presented in this textbook are set up in a way that is easy for students to understand. I liked the variety of topics. Having worksheets embedded in the text made it simple to use.
The content was presented very well. The information provided was accurate.
This book is wonderful for college bound high school students, first year college/university students, or ESL students preparing to attend a university. The topics are perfect and cover all needed material.
This book is extremely clear. I looked at this book for an ESL course and found the language used to work very well.
The flow of the text is consistent throughout the entire text. They use the same framework to build each chapter and topic.
The text is divided into chapters and sub-headings. It would be easy to assign small blocks of reading to the students. There are also activities that are presented directly within the text, making it easy to give assignments or have in-class activities.
I teach a university success course and the outline of this book is almost identical to my organization of topics. I feel that it is very organized and everything is well labeled.
The biggest problem I encountered with this book has to do with broken links. There were many broken links across the chapters. There were also several broken links in the references. They advise students to make use of a few programs that have been discontinued, such as Wunderlist.
I did not find any grammatical errors in this text.
While this text is not insensitive or offensive, it does not have any sections on diversity. I used supplemental materials to teach about cultural diversity. The pictures represented some diversity, but I did not feel it was enough.
The worksheets that are embedded in the text are on KPU stationary. They are PDF's, making it difficult to alter the pages. I intend to change the worksheets to be used in my classroom. I will have to do a new CCBy license to alter the worksheets and remove school logos and broken links. I hope to remove all mention of any specific university within the curriculum and have a folder of Word documents that can be added to your own school stationary for distribution.
This textbook covers important areas to be success in college (time management, study skills, and learning strategies). The textbook has several worksheets that you can click on which are helpful, but no back button to take you were you were... read more
This textbook covers important areas to be success in college (time management, study skills, and learning strategies). The textbook has several worksheets that you can click on which are helpful, but no back button to take you were you were reading. You would have to start from the title page. They did have a clickable arrow at the bottom of the screen, you can click to the Next section or the Previous section with the title. Organization of the book flowed easily from one topic to the next.
Yes, every section was properly cited throughout the book.
The textbook was easy to follow and up to date.
The terminology was explained and easy to read.
The textbook was consistent with the layout (Learning Objectives, the explanation of the section, Try It! Section, and Extend Your Learning section) At the beginning of each chapter, the Author has a Plan-Monitor-Evaluate Connection explaining what part of the learning cycle you will be exposed to.
This book could be utilized for an entire course and each chapter leads nicely into the next.
From headings to subheading, the topics are well organized and easy to read. Organization of the book flowed easily from one topic to the next.
All worksheet and images/charts are easily viewable.
No grammatical error are found in this resource.
This book is written in general terms.
This textbook is very precise and to the point. I like this book as a supplement to the Campus resource you might be teaching at. The time management section can be helpful for students.
The index is clear and concise as well as true to the content it lists. The book begins by building a foundation for college success and emphasizes the importance of learning how to learn. Key questions are posed within each section to maintain... read more
The index is clear and concise as well as true to the content it lists. The book begins by building a foundation for college success and emphasizes the importance of learning how to learn. Key questions are posed within each section to maintain the student's active learning process, and exercises are included promote student involvement in this process. This is not a one-sided reading experience, rather it keeps the reader engaged and accountable. The resource is cleanly divided into sections; within each there is thorough attention given to concepts, clear examples of these concepts and how they take shape in the learning process, and activities for students that can be used in both seated and online learning environments. Detailed explanation of how to use the book is provided early on, in order to familiarize the reader on how to make the most of the material. There is extensive focus on application of the learning objectives and it is evident that the author(s) have a solid grasp on how to best organize information in a way that will allow for involved and engaged learning.
Adaptations are properly cited throughout the entirety of the resource. I did not observe any inaccuracies, errors, or bias; the work is precise, professional, and of meticulous quality.
The book introduces the cycle of planning, monitoring, and evaluation in the learning process in the first chapter, and each section includes learning objectives that will incorporate the cycle throughout the book. Application of this can be applied to all areas of college success and will likely be applicable for a long time to come. Additionally, concepts widely recognized to support student growth and development such as SMART goal setting, growth mindset, and the Four Levels of Questioning are included. While not all higher educational institutions use the Moodle platform referenced in book for online learning, it would not be difficult for an instructor to refer students to BrightSpace, Blackboard, or an alternative platform. Additional tips for virtual student success could be expanded upon and would further strengthen this content and its relevance for a rapidly increasing number of distance learners.
The text avoids use of jargon that a college student would not be familiar with, with the exception of the introduction of topics that are clearly defined and explained (such as SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review technique or metacognition.) When these terms are used, they are thoroughly illustrated and explored, with the inclusion of opportunities to deepen student comprehension.
Each chapter includes the following four components: (1) The Plan-Monitor-Evaluate Connection, (2) the learning objectives for the particular section, (3) exercises and activities for students to practice, and (4) an 'Extend Your Learning' section that provides tips and strategies to continue building on the concepts covered. This consistency allows for the user to put into practice the Plan-Monitor-Evaluate cycle as they go through each lesson; transitions between topics/section are smooth.
Excellent. The text is clearly divided into nine sections; each with numbered subsections that are easy to refer back to. The organization of the content is consistent and easy to follow in both the PDF print and online forms. Detailed explanation of how to use the book is provided early on in order to familiarize the reader on how to make the most of the material. In addition, use of color and text boxes are included consistently to help the reader capture important points, and add to the flow of the book. The resource is easy to read, user-friendly, and would likely be useful to many educators who could easily choose the sections most relevant to their classrooms without becoming bogged down in content they choose not to utilize.
The text begins with an introduction to metacognition and lays out the cycle of planning, monitoring, and evaluating as guiding concepts that will be followed throughout the text, before moving into the development of a foundation for post-secondary education. Though it could initially be confusing to a student unfamiliar with these terms, this is done with the intention of teaching a student how to put the planning, monitoring, and evaluating cycle into action from the start, allowing a student to begin with this method and use it throughout the text. The topics are ordered appropriately for a student new to the college experience.
The text and links are easy to navigate and move through; all links to exercises, downloadable worksheets, and visual aids work properly and without any significant lag time. Multiple versions are available including PDF, eBook, Online, ODF, and XML. All versions displayed the same and without issue.
No grammatical errors are found in this resource.
The book is not culturally offensive or insensitive in any way. The university resources section provides specialized advising for international students and resources for indigenous services to support Aboriginal students (likely the underrepresented demographic in the part of British Columbia that the authors reside/work in.) Accessibility Services is included for students in need of accommodations for disabilities. Addition of resources for adult learners, LGBTQIA students, first-generation and lower income students, and other underserved/minority groups would strengthen the content and its applicability-though understandably it could also make it more confusing for students if too many offices/services were to be listed.
Excellent visual aids are included to demonstrate techniques such as concept-mapping, SQ3R reading strategy, Bloom's Taxonomy, use of color in organization, and other strategies for student success that are better demonstrated visually than explained through words alone. The hands-on activities/worksheets that are included and can be printed/downloaded for use in seated or online environment are especially impressive. The thought and effort behind this work is evident in the way the concepts are presented in this resource. University 101: Study, Strategize, and Succeed is a clear recipe for establishing and maintaining student success.
From the index to the reference section, this book is very organized. One can easily see the progression of learning from beginning to end. References are provided within the chapter and at the conclusion. read more
From the index to the reference section, this book is very organized. One can easily see the progression of learning from beginning to end. References are provided within the chapter and at the conclusion.
The links for electronic resources need to be reviewed and cleaned for any broken links or changes in content. I found a broken link and an assessment tool no longer available. Other than that, the accuracy was great. If found that the content covered a wide range of necessary success skills without bias toward any one category.
The content reflected new language, theory, and ideas that will be timeless in application. Other more traditional thoughts were presented in a way that was relevant and updated.
This book was written in a straight forward and easy to comprehend method. The appeal was to a wide range of learners so there was not jargon that would marginalize any subset of students/readers.
The book presented up front in a way that reflected the content delivery. What you thought you would get....is what you got. No surprises. No disappointments. The underpinnings of the book were reflected in the objects.
Yes! This book could be utilized for an entire course, or broken into workshop content. Although each chapter leads nicely into the next, you can stop and start, pull the most needed or relative chapters, or reorganize to your priority for your own course/workshop.
From headings to subheadings, the topics and sup-topics are well articulated and presented.
Electronic links for assessment need verified before using.
I did not find grammatical errors.
I found the content to be free of insensitive discussion. The objective met a diverse set of academic success needs of a diverse set of students.
I am thrilled to be able to utilize this book with the students that I am tasked with serving in both the first generation and adult student population groups. I think the content provides new concepts and terminology to address long standing student needs. This will be a great tool.
The textbook covers several important areas to college success ( time management, study skills, and learning from texts). I was not a fan of the navigation system. There was no "next" button. It was always scrolling back to the top to the... read more
The textbook covers several important areas to college success ( time management, study skills, and learning from texts). I was not a fan of the navigation system. There was no "next" button. It was always scrolling back to the top to the Contents drop down box. It also did not have a clear glossary of terms at the end of the book.
Yes it was accurate
It was up to date and easy to follow.
I felt it was an easy read and explained terminology.
Yes it was consistent but needed a glossary.
It was well organized and an easy read.
It flowed easily.
Everything looked fine to me. I thought it needed more examples and I just didn't like the navigation system of this book. It needed a text button and to say what chapter was next at the bottom.
Free of errors.
It was written very general
Table of Contents
- I. Learning in University: The Critical Skill of Metacognition
- II. Plan for Success: Knowing Yourself and Setting Goals
- III. Your First Week: Getting Organized and Finding Resources
- IV. Manage Your Time: Study Strategies for Busy Students
- V. Learn From Lectures and Texts
- VI. Study Smart – Use Powerful Strategies to Remember, Understand and Apply
- VII. Get Those Projects Done
- VIII. Get Ready for Exams
- IX. Evaluate and Move Ahead
About the Book
Welcome to university! Whether this is your first time in post-secondary education, or whether you are returning to studies, you’re arriving with some goals you want to achieve. Perhaps you are taking a focused program to lead you into your desired career. Perhaps you are exploring courses in different areas, providing a foundation for future specialization. Wherever you are in your journey, you find yourself in a learning environment that is different from one you have experienced before.
A good foundation for university is learning how to learn. By taking the time to read this book and work through the exercises included, you are investing in the skills that will support you in all of your classes and future learning. Successful students share a set of skills and habits in common. The good news is that these skills are not a secret; anyone can learn the skills that support successful learning. By taking some time to learn proven study strategies, you will be able to reach your learning goals, and avoid the pitfalls that can take you off-track.
Who is this book for?
This book focuses on the skills you’ll need to be successful in undergraduate courses or other adult education classes. If you are:
- new to university studies
- returning to university after some time away
- a mature student
- an international student
- or a continuing student who wants to improve their current skills and strategies
this book is meant to support you in your journey.
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