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Dembo and Seli Chapter 1

Dembo and Seli Chapter 1 - 1 Academic Self-Management As...

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± 1 Academic Self-Management As readers of this book, you are a diverse group with varied back- grounds and goals. Some of you are beginning your education at a college or university, whereas oth- ers of you have selected community colleges. Some of you may have taken college courses last term, whereas others are returning to school after an absence. Some of you are taking a learning and study skills course because it is required, whereas others are enrolled in the course as an elective. Some of you are looking forward to taking the course, whereas others may doubt its usefulness. Although we rec- ognize the wide range of interests, motivations, and abilities of those of you reading this book, we have one goal: to help all those who read this volume become more success- ful learners. Once you learn how to learn, you can apply these skills to any academic or work setting in which you participate. Who is a successful learner? Most of us know, read about, or have observed successful and expert indi- viduals in some field or profession (e.g., a plumber, musician, athlete, teacher, or artist). These individuals have special knowledge and skills in a particular field. Similarly, successful learners also possess special knowl- edge and skills that differentiate them from less successful learners.
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± CHAPTER 1 Successful students are not simply individuals who know more than others. They also have more effective and efficient learning strategies for accessing and using their knowledge, can motivate themselves, and can monitor and change their behaviors when learning does not occur. Just as individuals cannot learn to become expert musicians, danc- ers, or golfers without practice, learning to be a successful learner requires more than simply reading and listening to class lectures. For this reason, you will be asked throughout this book to respond to ques- tions and exercises, and to actually practice some new ways of learning. The key to success is practicing the learning strategies taught here so they become automatic. As you practice, you will be able to learn more material in less time than prior to using these new strategies. Thus, you will learn to study “smarter,” not necessarily harder. Most of you have expertise in some activity or hobby. You have spent considerable effort and persistence in acquiring knowledge and develop- ing your skills and probably feel competent and motivated to excel. You are now beginning the process of developing the necessary expertise to meet the academic demands of college learning. Much of the same self-discipline and self-motivation you apply to your present area(s) of expertise will be needed in your pursuit of academic excellence. After studying this chapter, you will be able to: Identify specific behaviors that influence the level of academic success.
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