Keys to Effective Learning Study Skills and Habits for Success by Carol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits

Keys to Effective Learning Study Skills and Habits for Success

Written by Carol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits
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Keys to Effective Learning Study Skills and Habits for Success by Carol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits

For courses in Study Skills, Student Success, Freshman Seminar or University 101 . The sixth edition is geared to students who are academically underprepared for college-level studies, especially first-generation and at-risk students. The text helps students build habits for success and develop the thinking, self-management, and study skills they need to succeed academically, and has been streamlined to focus more on essential study skills, with greater coverage of memory, studying, reading, and test-taking. It retains its acclaimed simple-to-use Critical and Creative Thinking coverage, and adds relevance by addressing the two greatest barriers to staying in school-time and money management. Understanding how you think is key; this revision promotes students' self-awareness, and offers a pre- and post-course assessment. The Habits for Success theme is more integrated and practical to ensure students develop the tools needed to increase their preparedness, confidence, and commitment to learning. Students and Faculty alike are encouraged to visit the central website for all Keys franchise materials,, where you can correspond with the author team, view their speaking calendar, benefit from current articles, and more! TECHNOLOGY OFFERING: MyStudentSuccessLab is available with this book upon request. It is an online solution designed to help students 'Start strong, Finish stronger' by building skills for ongoing personal and professional development. Go to for a Point and Click DEMO of the Time Management module.


The Habits for Success, how they are integrated into the content, and how the text offers students the chance to practice them are what distinguish this text from other study skill texts. -- Deb Manness, Wake Technical Community College This text is a comprehensive academic success skills workbook with activities that will engage your students... In the learning styles chapter, I really like the [two inventories]. They work well together to help the student get a clear picture of who they are as learners. -- Fatina Taylor, Prince George's Community College KEL has done an excellent job covering some very complex issues in an efficient, engaging and appealing manner... I strongly believe that Listening and Note Taking is the best chapter I have seen. As for the ancillaries, I was extremely impressed with the break down of the topics [in the instructor's manual], its map of the [PowerPoint] slides, icebreakers, test bank and teaching resources... The test bank is wonderful. -- Leigh Smith, Lamar Institute of Technology [KEL is] a wonderful textbook. The colors and graphics are inviting for student learning. It is written in a way that it is very much on the student level. It...[is] interactive for the students and a text that they can ... take ownership of. --Tracy Cantelmo, Youngstown State University KEL is user friendly, developed with the developmental student in mind, and appropriate for their needs. [The Habits for Success theme] is very positive. I like the idea of approaching the idea of study skills as changing habits. This is something that students can understand and it seems like a doable objective. -- Pat Grissom, San Jacinto College

About the Author

Carol Carter was a C student in high school. During her senior year, she got a wake up call when her brother told her that she had intelligence, but she wouldn't go far in life unless she believed in herself enough to work hard. She began college knowing she was behind the 8-ball in terms of her skills. What she lacked in experience, she made up for with elbow grease and persistence. She maximized her strength as an interpersonal and intrapersonal learner. The work paid off and she graduated college with honors and a desire to help other students. Carol is committed to helping students turn on their brains, get motivated, and discover their abilities. As President of her own company, LifeBound, she teaches study, interpersonal, and career skills to middle school and high school students in order to help them become competitive in today's global world. She trains and certifies coaches in academic coaching skills, and focuses on at-risk students with her volunteer teaching at the federal prison and her LifeBound work in the Denver housing projects. All students are at-risk for something whether it is academic, emotional, social, or economic, says Carol. If each of us is allowed to be human and accept our flaws, we can overcome our limitations and be the best for ourselves and others. Carol also speaks on educational topics nationally and internationally. Her first book, Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, launched her writing career and opened the door to her work on the Keys to Success series. Joyce Bishop has taught college students for more than twenty years. After struggling with a learning disability as a student, she focused on her visual and logical-mathematical learning abilities and went on to earn a PhD in psychology. Right now, she is in her dream job as Staff Development Coordinator at Golden West College, while still teaching three classes. She enjoys training other faculty in effective teaching and learning strategies and also in how to teach online. For five years Joyce was voted favorite teacher, she was Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000, and in 2008 received the Hayward Award, a State Teaching Award. Joyce co-founded a program 19 years ago for poor women from abusive backgrounds. Since that time, the Pathways to Independence non-profit foundation has sent 255 young women to college, and 195 have graduated into gainful employment. While the young women have come from backgrounds as diverse as prison, extreme poverty, abuse, or psychological disorders, Joyce has been their champion. One of her Pathways graduates is Valerie, who obtained her degree in nursing and is now working at a major university hospital as a pediatric nurse. It is so inspiring to see what these girls do with their lives, says Joyce, once they know that they can do anything. Sarah Lyman Kravits lives the strategies for success she writes about. As an author and mother of three children aged 10, 8, and 4, she faces the challenges of time management, goal achievement, and fulfilling responsibilities (not to mention eating right and getting enough sleep). In her writing and research, she works to keep up with technology and the growth of knowledge. In her relationships with work colleagues all over the country, she strives for integrity, effective communication, productive teamwork and, most of all, flexibility. Creativity also plays a dominant role. Along with her husband, an actor and musician, she promotes creative ideas and actions in the home as well as during her writing hours at the computer. Unlike Carol and Joyce, Sarah thrived in school from an early age based on her strength in verbal-linguisticand logical-mathematical learning. A few years after graduating from the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, she worked as program director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. This work led her into co-authoring her first student success text and the realization she was driven to empower students to reach their goals. Lifelong learning is the essential success skill, says Sarah. Learning gives you a chance to go beyond just thinking about your dreams so that you can make them happen.

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400 pages


Carol J. Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits
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Prentice Hall an imprint of Pearson Education (US)

Publication date

3rd January 2010



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