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How to Learn Like A Pro

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Phyllis Nissila, Lane Community College

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Language: English

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Reviewed by Heather Hollandsworth, Associate Director, First-Year Experience, Radford University on 8/5/22

I appreciate that there is a glossary provided at the beginning of each section. read more

Reviewed by Sofia Bilgrami, Faculty, Holyoke Community College on 6/30/20

The book covers many areas of learning and memory and gives a clear index and a handy glossary. read more

Reviewed by Lewis Deneen, Assistant Professor, SUNO on 3/19/20

Comprehensiveness-The book covers all of the topics that are to be taught in a Freshmen Seminar course but the book does not cover the topics in detail. The author tells the reader to click on several/certain sources for further information about... read more

Reviewed by Sarah Snider, Adjunct Instructor, Minnesota State University System on 2/17/20

The book touches on a wide range of topics that my students, most of whom are in their first semester at community college, need to adjust to post-secondary study life. Students can determine how they learn and examine their self-efficacy, then... read more

Reviewed by Tony Kline, Dean, School of Education, Trine University on 5/24/19

While all areas in the table of contents are addressed, the comprehensive accuracy of most topics is minimal. There are few attempts to tie any content to empirical research. Most of the areas are covered in an anecdotal and limited fashion. read more

Reviewed by Della Netter-Perkins, Counselor/Instructor, Southern University and A & M College on 4/30/19

The book was easy to follow and helped by providing exercises to follow. read more

Reviewed by Laura Dowell, Program Manager, Emory and Henry College on 2/28/19

Overall, the book was easy to follow with great exercises included. In my opinion, the intro to each chapter was too short and did not contain enough information. There were a lot of reference to other articles and materials, but they were not... read more

Reviewed by Gretchen Starks-Martin, Professor Emerita, St. Cloud State University on 12/18/18

The text covers most of the topics that would be appropriate for the subject area. It would be good to have a referenced bibliography after each chapter with Internet links if appropriate. An index in the back of the book would be easy to include. read more

Reviewed by Geralyn Stephens, Associate Professor - Clinical, Wayne State University on 12/5/18

I found the textbook an excellent resource for students returning to formal education. Even those who may be interested in graduate studies will find the textbook a refresher. It is an easy read and somewhat entertaining. read more

Reviewed by Jane Larson, College Success Coach, Portland Community College on 6/19/18

From the table of contents to the last word, this covers everything I cover in my college success courses and more. From Learning Styles analysis to Test Taking techniques, this covers needed information for new college students and those... read more

Reviewed by Sarah Huisman, Associate Professor, Fontbonne University, St. Louis on 6/19/18

There are many theories that are touched upon but not elaborated or properly referenced. I understand that for a Freshman class that perhaps this is not important to fully explain each theory, however in several places the book falls short. In... read more

Reviewed by Jacki Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

The book addresses a range of topics which might be particularly relevant to undergraduate students. More specifically, it addresses learning styles, time management/organization, reading skills, listening/note-taking skills, memory, and... read more

Reviewed by Barbara Allison, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

The book was organized extremely well with each chapter builidng on the next. read more

Reviewed by David Stott, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - LaGuardia on 2/1/18

How to Learn like A Pro! was written for students enrolled in Lane Community College’s EL115 course. It's an introductory text appropriate for high school students or new-to-college students who are encountering academically rigorous training and... read more

Reviewed by Susan Fletcher, Assistant Director, Academic Skills Instruction, Ohio University on 2/1/18

For all that must be accomplished in the first year success type of course, this book fits the requirements I have of relatively short, adaptable to variety of formats - online courses, full or half semester and provides coverage of all the major... read more

Reviewed by Angie Cole, Assistant Professor of Education/ECE, Central Oregon Community College on 8/15/17

This book gives an introduction to many topics related to study skills and effective learning strategies. There is a balance between text, outside links and activities to engage students in each topic. Although this source does not cover each... read more

Reviewed by Dawn Knight, Instructor, Virginia Tech on 6/20/17

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 referenced by the average person. The author covers different perspectives of learning, addresses... read more

Reviewed by Bettina Bostock, Academic Success Instructor and Advisor, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

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 easy to navigate the book and the topics. The book really highlights all the necessary information... read more

Reviewed by Terrie Sandlin, Adjunct Faculty, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

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, specifically those at a community college or in developmental education courses. Critical skills... read more

Reviewed by Jonathan Tullis, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

The book covers topics superficially, without any depth or reference to theory. The book selectively chooses just a few random strategies to include. A lot of the content is incorporated just through links to external websites. I would be... read more

Reviewed by Taran Cardone, Director of Strengths-Based Learning, Virginia Tech on 2/8/17

The book is an effective primer for its intended audience without becoming too overwhelming. It assists learners hoping to develop critical skills for student success (e.g., learning styles, time management, note taking, test taking, reading... 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

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  • 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


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

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