The List of Strategies

Straight A’s Are Not Enough

Part 1. Powerful Study Habits

Chapter 1. Eight Giants Steps: A Brief Introduction to Part 1
Strategy 1.1 Keep a Learning Journal

Chapter 2. The Four Approaches to Learning
Strategy 2.1 Become a More Intentional Learner

Chapter 3. The Five Characteristics of Meaningful Goals
Strategy 3.1 Set Meaningful Goals
Strategy 3.2 Put Goals into Practice
Strategy 3.3 Create and Use a Study Plan

Chapter 4. Flexible Time Management
Strategy 4.1 Basic Time Management
Strategy 4.2 Flexible Time Management
Strategy 4.3 Add Independent Study
Strategy 4.4 Include Mental Processing
Strategy 4.5 Use Learning Sprints
Strategy 4.6 Use Your Schedule

Chapter 5. Mindsets and Stereotype Threats, and What You Can Do About Them
Strategy 5.1 Prevent Stereotype Threat

Chapter 6. Develop Willpower, Resilience, and Concentration
Strategy 6.1 Improve Your Willpower
Strategy 6.2 Improve Your Resilience
Strategy 6.3 Improve Your Concentration

Part 2. Strengthen Learning Skills

Chapter 7. High School Skills Are Not Enough: A Brief Introduction to Part 2
Strategy 7.1 Learn with Your Brain Turned On

Chapter 8. Rediscover the Excitement of Reading
Strategy 8.1 Read with K-W-L
Strategy 8.2 Survey the Book and Chapter
Strategy 8.3 Set Reading Goals
Strategy 8.4 Master the Vocabulary
Strategy 8.5 Read Easy Books First
Strategy 8.6 Skim for Facts
Strategy 8.7 Skim for Main Ideas
Strategy 8.8 Question – Skim – Answer – Explain
Strategy 8.9 SQ3R with Variations

Chapter 9. Take Notes You’ll Want to Study
Strategy 9.1 Prepare to Take Notes
Strategy 9.2 Demonstrate Your Intentions to Learn
Strategy 9.3 Recognize Lecture Clues
Strategy 9.4 Try Different Note-Taking Formats
Strategy 9.5 Use Your Notes Well
Strategy 9.6 Rewrite Notes to Learn 

Chapter 10. College Level Research Can Be Exciting
Strategy 10.1 Begin Research Early
Strategy 10.2 Taking Research Notes
Strategy 10.3 Organize Your Notes
Strategy 10.4 Write Your Research Paper

Chapter 11. Effective Writing Begins with a Purpose and a Plan
Strategy 11.1 Improve Writing Skills
Strategy 11.2 Write an Essay

Chapter 12. Develop Your Speaking Skills
Strategy 12.1 Speak in Class
Strategy 12.2 Make a Presentation
Strategy 12.3 Give a Speech to Persuade

Chapter 13. The Never-Cram-Again System of Test Preparation
Strategy 13.1 Use The Never-Cram-Again Test Preparation

Part 3. Mental Processing Skills: A New Definition of Study Skills

Chapter 14. Mental Processing Strategies: A Brief Introduction to Part 3
Strategy 14.1 Use Mental Processing

Chapter 15. Verbal Organization — Ten Strategies
Strategy 15.1 Ask Good Questions
Strategy 15.2 Create an Outline
Strategy 15.3 Analyze an Argument
Strategy 15.4 Write a Good Summary
Strategy 15.5 Write an Explanation
Strategy 15.6 Compare and Contrast
Strategy 15.7 Cause and Effect
Strategy 15.8 Write an Evaluation
Strategy 15.9 Write a Critique
Strategy 15.10 Journaling to Learn

Chapter 16. Visual Organization — Ten Strategies
Strategy 16.1 Concept Maps
Strategy 16.2 Branching Charts
Strategy 16.3 Simplified Maps
Strategy 16.4 Timelines
Strategy 16.5 Chain Charts
Strategy 16.6 Structural Reading Charts
Strategy 16.7 Compare and Contrast Charts
Strategy 16.8 Matrix Charts
Strategy 16.9 Cause and Effect
Strategy 16.10 Create a Networking Web

Chapter 17. Ways of Thinking — Ten Strategies
Strategy 17.1 Scientific Thinking
Strategy 17.2 Mathematical Thinking
Strategy 17.3 Analysis
Strategy 17.4 Synthesis
Strategy 17.5 Critical Thinking
Strategy 17.6 Creative Thinking
Strategy 17.7 Decision-Making
Strategy 17.8 Evaluation
Strategy 17.9 Problem-Solving
Strategy 17.10 Strategic Thinking

Chapter 18. Pathways to Memory — Ten Strategies
Strategy 18.1 Rote Memory
Strategy 18.2 Mnemonics
Strategy 18.3 Audiovisual Memory
Strategy 18.4 Kinesthetic Memory
Strategy 18.5 Association and Memory
Strategy 18.6 Distributed Practice
Strategy 18.7 Self-Testing
Strategy 18.8 Use Varied Strategies
Strategy 18.9 Take a Break
Strategy 18.10 Use Multiple Pathways

Part 4. Skills for Your Future

Chapter 19. What Employers Want Most: A Brief Introduction to Part 4
Strategy 19.1 Be the Person Employers Want Most
Strategy 19.2 Develop Networking Skills
Strategy 19.3 Find a Great Internship

Chapter 20. Critical Thinking, Reading, Writing, and Listening
Strategy 20.1 Understand Content Deeply
Strategy 20.2 Evaluate Clarity
Strategy 20.3 Evaluate Bias
Strategy 20.4 Evaluate Data
Strategy 20.5 Evaluate Conclusions
Strategy 20.6 Evaluate Reasoning
Strategy 20.7 Critical Reading
Strategy 20.8 Critical Writing
Strategy 20.9 Critical Listening
Strategy 20.10 Critical Reflection

Chapter 21. Analytical Reasoning: Interpreting Numerical and Verbal Data
Strategy 21.1 Create a Simple Graph
Strategy 21.2 Interpret a Simple Graph
Strategy 21.3 Interpret a Complex Table
Strategy 21.4 Interpret Verbal or Qualitative Data

Chapter 22. Complex Problem Solving: The Five Levels of Complexity
Strategy 22.1: Problem Solving

Chapter 23. Conclusion – BIG Answers for Big Questions


Strategy 23.1: Get the Education You Want and Need