Written and designed to enhance students complex thinking skills and independent learning strategies, this innovative hands-on text uses a consistent set of psychological principles as the basis for teaching students how to learn and motivate themselves. It features a highly user-friendly style and an open, nontraditional look. Its approach and flexible design lends itself easily to a use in a classroom, a lab or independent study. This books unique content is organized around four major strategies proven to increase academic success through developing achievement-oriented behavior: Strategy #1 Take Reasonable Risks: Achieve Goals through manageable steps Strategy #2 Take Responsibility: Think positive and plan Strategy #3 Search the Environment: Ask questions and visualize possibilities Strategy #4 Use Feedback: Monitor your progress and adapt your strategies Features include: NEW! Broadened area of coverage to new topics. Integrating new sections on critical thinking, resilience, and diversity into existing modules. NEW! Expanded coverage of techniques critical to academic success. Reducing procrastination, increasing responsibility, learning from lectures and text, overcoming test anxiety, and choosing careers. NEW! Updated and improved its extensive list of interactive activities, based on feedback from students and the results of their actual performance. This includes a well-developed and extensively tested a website to accompany the book that will enable users to complete all the interactive activities and end-of-module quizzes online and submit them electronically to their instructors for grading and feedback. Students are encouraged to actively participate in quick practices, applications, self-surveys, assignments, self-assessments, and portfolios as a way to improve their skills and hone their strategies. These activities are also located on the accompanying website, thus supporting students to actively engage in their own learning ( www.prenhall.com/tuckman ).Dennis R. Smith is the author of 'Learning and Motivation Strategies: Your Guide to Success (2nd Edition)', published 2007 under ISBN 9780131712027 and ISBN 0131712020.