Versioning History

Changes to NSCC 2nd Edition / July 2023

  • See Chapter Mapping for reordering and chapter title changes.
  • New chapters added: 17, 28, 32 – see chapter mapping.
  • Moved section VII to VIII – see chapter mapping.
  • All chapters updated to include Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) content, and plain language.
  • Header tagging revised to meet WGAG standards.
  • Extend Your Learning tables modified – information added.
  • Glossary terms added
  • H5P content added.

Textbook Chapter Mapping
New Adapted NSCC Book Original KPU Book
chapter NSCC College 101 2e
chapter KPU University 101
Section I  Learning at College Section I  Learning in University: The Critical Skill of Metacognition
1  How to Use This Book 3  Learn How to Use This Book
2  Get Ready for College Learning 1 Develop a Foundation for Post-secondary Education
3  The Learning Cycle 2 Explore the Planning-Monitoring-Evaluation Cycle
II  Plan for Success II  Plan for Success: Knowing Yourself and Setting Goals
4  Evaluate Your Learning Skills and Strengths 4  Evaluate Your Learning Skills and Strengths
5  Evaluate Your Current Learning Strategies – CHAPTER REMOVED
5  Skills for Success 9 Skills for Success in the workplace.
6  Setting SMART Goals 6  Set Goals to Move Ahead
Section III  Finding College Supports Section III  Your First Week: Getting Organized and Finding Resources
7  Get to Know Your College Supports 6 Get to Know University Resources
8  Understand Your Course Outline 7 Analyze Your Course Presentation
9  Connect With Your Instructor 8  Connect With Your Instructor
Section IV  Manage Your Time Section IV  Manage Your Time: Study Strategies for Busy Students
10  See Your Semester Schedule at a Glance 10  See Your Semester at a Glance
11  Create a Weekly Schedule 11  Create a Weekly Schedule that Works
12  Create Daily To-Do Lists 12  Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity
13  Escape the Procrastination Trap 13  Escape the Procrastination Trap
Section V  Learn From Lectures and Textbooks Section V  Learn From Lectures and Texts
14  Reading Textbooks 14  Set Your Purpose for Reading Textbooks
15  Read with a Purpose: The SQ4R Strategy 15  Read with a Purpose:  The SQ3R Strategy
16  Take Better Class Notes 16  Take Notes from Lectures – That You’ll Actually Use
17  Vocabulary Building Strategies – NEW CHAPTER
Section VI  Study Smart Section VI  Study Smart – Use Powerful Strategies to Remember, Understand and Apply
18  Choose Strategies for Active Learning 17  Choose Strategies for Active Learning
19  Master Your Memory 18  Master Your Memory
20  Effective Self-Testing Strategies 19  Use Effective Questioning Strategies
21  Explore the 4 Levels of Questioning 20  Explore the Four Levels of Questioning
Section VII  Get Ready for Quizzes and Tests Section VIII Get Ready for Exams
22  Getting Ready for Review Sessions 27  Organize Review Sessions Strategically
23  Answering Test Questions 28 Answer Your Exam Questions
24  Managing Test Anxiety 29 Manager Exam Stress
Section VIII  Get Assignments and Research Done Section VII  Get Those Projects Done
25  Manage Your Assignments 21 Analyze Your Assignment
26  Make an Assignment Plan 22 Develop an Assignment Plan
27  Move Beyond Writer’s Block 23 Move Beyond Writer’s Block
28  The Research Process – New Unit
29  Create an Outline 24 Create an Outline
30  Write Your First Draft 25 Write the First Draft
31  Self-Edit Your Work 26 Self-Edit Your Work
32  Academic Integrity and APA Citation – NEW CHAPTER
Section IX  Evaluate and Move Ahead Section IX  Evaluate and Move Ahead
33  Evaluate Your Learning 30  Evaluate Your Learning
34  Develop a Growth Mindset 31  Develop a Growth Mindset
35 Put the Growth Mindset into Practice 32  Put the Growth Mindset into Practice

Section I

  • Removed Learning Objective,’ Added definition for the term metacognition.

Chapter 3

  • New Try it! activity.

Section II

  • Learning Objectives modified.
    • Changed Evaluate your current student strategies and identify new skills you hope to gain to Discover Skills for Success.
    • Changed Set your learning goals to Set SMART learning goals.

Chapter 5

  • Learning objectives revised
  • New Try it! activity added.
  • Removed ‘Learning Strategies Checklist’ activity.
  • Added Extend Your Learning box.

Chapter 6

  • SMART Goal example added.
  • Removed ‘Extend Your Learning SMART-Goals’ worksheet.

Section III

  • Updated Plan-Monitor-Evaluate Connection.
  • Reordered and reworded Learning Objectives.

Chapter 7

  • Chapter changed to include NSCC information and student supports.
  • Replaced Try it! exercise.

Chapter 8

  • Updated Try it! exercise.
  • Removed Extend Your Learning box.

Section IV

  • Revised to make consistent with revised chapters.

Chapter 11

  • Modified tip list.

Chapter 12

  • Enhanced section on creating to-do list principles.
  • Modified Try it! exercise.

Chapter 13

  • Added links to NSCC supports.

Section V

  • Updated Learning Objectives.
  • Changed Use the SQ3R Strategy to Use the SQ4R Strategy.
  • Added Learning Objective: Create a personal dictionary.

Chapter 14

  • Added NSCC content.
  • Added new Try it! exercise.

Chapter 15

  • Replaced content with SQ4R strategy.
  • Replaced Try it! exercise.

Chapter 16

  • Replaced note-taking strategy with Cornell Method.
  • Added Extend Your Learning Box.

Section VI

  • Added Learning Objective: Understand the 4 levels of questioning.

Chapter 18

  • Added Extend You Learning box.

Chapter 19

  • Added Extend You Learning box.

Section VII

  • Updated Plan-Monitor Evaluation and Learning Objectives to reflect chapter edits.

Chapter 22

  • Removed Resource column in the Step 3: Identify Active Learning Strategies table.
  • Added new step: Step 4: Identify Resources’ section.
  • Enhanced content within Step 5: Create a Study Plan.
  • Added links to NSCC supports.

Chapter 23

  • Added ‘Test Taking Tips’ content.
  • Reworded Try it! exercise.

Chapter 24

  • Reworded and consolidated tips for ‘What Can You Do On Exam Day to Manage Any Jitters’.
  • Modified Try it! exercise.
  • Added Extend Your Learning box.

Section VIII

  • Added ‘How to move past writer’s block’, ‘Use the 5 steps of editing your work’ and ‘Understand APA Citation and how to avoid plagiarism’ as Learning Objectives.

Chapter 25

  • Replaced assignment graphic.
  • Removed content related to ‘Terms that might be used’ and ‘Begin with Background Content’.
  • Added ‘Step 2: Start an Assignment Journal’, ‘Step 4: Create an Assignment Schedule’, and ‘Time Management’.
  • Modified Try it! exercise.

Chapter 26

  • Edits to example Assignment Planner with new dates and NSCC supports available to NSCC students.

Chapter 27

  • Added section on How to Use Mind Mapping.
  • Updated Mind Mapping Example.
  • Renamed Tip  to Extend Your Learning and added content.

Chapter 29

  • Updated Try it! exercise.
  • New Extend Your Learning box.

Chapter 30

  • Chapter rewritten.
  • Dos and Don’ts tips added to the 3 steps.

Chapter 31

  •  Added section on proofreading.

Chapter 33

  • Removed quote from Bill Gates.
  • Modified Try it! exercise.

Chapter 34

  • Revised chapter introduction.
  • Reworded headers.
  • Try it! exercise modified and replaced with H5P version.

Changes to NSCC 1st Edition / April 2020

  • Book renamed NSCC College Guide 101.
  • Content updated to make specific to NSCC.
  • All references to University changed to College, and KPU replaced with NSCC.
  • KPU student services and resources replaced with NSCC content.

KPU EDition

University 101: Study, Strategize and Succeed exists because of the contributions of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Learning Centre team. The source material depends heavily on Learning Aids developed by Alice Macpherson and Christina Page, as well as workshop materials developed by Marti Alger, Laura Aguilera, Kim Tomiak, Adam Vincent, and Lyn Benn. Megan Robertson provided invaluable feedback on the initial drafts of the project.

Rawia Inaim, Emily Tan, Vijaya Jammi and Anmol Mangat contributed to the visual and multimedia content in the book, generously lending their technical expertise.  In addition to his graphic design contributions, Graeme Robinson-Clogg also designed the printable worksheet activities.

The KPU Learning Centre team are focused on student learning, development, and success.  We hope that this project contributes to the academic success of the students were are privileged to support in our work.

This book was made possible through the support of a KPU Open Education Resources Grant.  Many thanks to Rajiv Jhangiani and Caroline Daniels for their support in this project.

Christina Page (Editor and Project Coordinator)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, May 2018.


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