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Keys to Success: Building Analytical, Creative, and Practical Skills (6th Edition) [Paperback]

Carol Carter , Joyce Bishop , Sarah Lyman Kravits , Judy Block
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January 7, 2008 0136005047 978-0136005049 6
The Keys message is simple – When students understand how material will help them get where they want to go, they will become more motivated and able to retain what they learn. Because this text shows readers how what helps them succeed in colllege will also serve them on the job and in life, Keys to Success, appeals to every age (traditional and older) and stage (full-time, part-time, working, parenting) of student.

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Praise from instructors and students for Keys to Success, 6th Edition: 


There’s nothing I DON’T like about Keys to Success.  What I like most is that my students actually READ the book. The style far exceeds other texts in its welcoming, engaging atmosphere.  My students use the information and strategies in the text.  How could I ask for more? 

Patricia Parma, Palo Alto College


I rate this text an “A.” Keys is one of the most important books that our students will read.  The value it holds for coursework and their life’s work cannot be overstated

Billy Davis, Florida Community College at Jacksonville   


User-friendly, interesting to read… full of tips and strategies students can use.

Katherine Hansen, Minnesota State University


A very well laid out, student friendly, clearly written text that addresses 21st century student issues and concerns about attending college.

Deryl Davis Fulmer, Milwaukee Area Technical College


Keys to Success provides an exceptional overview of academic study skills. . . . The book also introduces the idea of “Successful Intelligence.”  The practices it describes are perfect for helping students be successful in college.  As a matter of fact, the practices are just as applicable to life and work as they are to college

Elaine J. Casquarelli, Santa Fe Community College


I think the text is excellent and supports lifelong learning. The writing style… suggests a conversation between the text and its reader. Clear, “fresh,” comprehensive and focuses on the “whole” student. Sound theoretical base.

Christine A. Lottman, University of Cincinnati


Students with every type of learning style will be able to learn and apply the concepts in [this text] in a lasting manner. 

Lanita Legan, Texas State University


This is a very easily read, high-interest text, yet is right on as far as credibility and level of difficulty. . . It is well-balanced, with equal emphasis on affective skills, as well as the academic skills needed in college. 

Linda Lemkau, North Idaho College


I like the layout and design.  The reading level is easy, yet not condescending.  The book is engaging. There is wonderful information presented in a concise, understandable, practical, usable manner.  It is such a positive and practical text.  Compared to other texts, I’d give it a definite thumbs up.

Jeanine Long, Southwest Georgia Technical College


I would give this text an “A” because it is very easy to understand, helpful, and provides many ways to learn the material.

Mayra Pena, Student, Golden West College


Keys to Success is an invaluable resource. It walks the reader through transitioning to college and demonstrates how to build intelligence that will help in all college classes.
David G. Horn, Student, Denison University


Unlike other textbooks that focus on lecturing with a certain heaviness, Carter's Keys is more interactive.  Never once while reading did I feel discouraged; rather, Keys inspired and encouraged me to take the next step in my academic career with confidence.

 Laura Daugherty, Student, University of Colorado--Boulder


The impact this book has had on my college career is invaluable.  Time management is crucial and Keys to Success has helped me learn how to efficiently manage my school work and personal life.
Joshua Adam Carter, Student, The Ohio State University


The work ethic Carter teaches in Keys to Success can be applied not only in the class or workplace, but in personal areas. Keys thoroughly explains the skills needed to get ahead and teaches you how to effectively implement them in your own life.
Torey L. Greenwald, Student, University of Florida

From the Back Cover

“People who succeed have something in common that is much more important than high test scores. They have managed to acquire, develop, and apply their analytical, creative, and practical thinking skills. They know how to put them together to reach for their most important goals. In other words, they are successfully intelligent."

                                                                                    --Robert J. Sternberg


Research indicates that intelligence isn't fixed:  It can grow.  No matter what your individual strengths and weaknesses are, Keys to Success will help you build your intelligence with its integrated focus on critical, creative, and practical thinking skills.




Online teaching pioneer, author Dr. Joyce Bishop, now is available to help you teach your Student Success classes anytime you want, 24/7! Join Joyce Bishop and a community of Student Success instructors online.  Learn strategies to reach all types of students, including commuter, urban, traditional, non-traditional, ELL, and learning disabled students.  Discover what other Keys adopters are doing and share exercises, syllabi, and teaching strategies.  Take advantage of this new "Key" to your teaching success by accessing Prentice Hall's course management system, CourseCompass.



Put your MP3 player into service as a Keys to Success study aid.  Author Sarah Lyman Kravits has created a Successful Intelligence Connection podcast for each chapter.  Tune in to this fun broadcast to learn the most innovative ways to develop your intelligence.  To link to this feature, go to the text's Companion Website at to listen to or download any of the twelve podcasts.



If you need help thinking through your syllabus, class plans and strategy, or would like guidance on how to use this book, any of its supplements, or technology, please call Carol Carter toll-free at 877-737-8510.


Keys has its own Companion Website designed to help students review the text material.  This site ( can also be accessed through the Student Success Supersite (, where students and faculty will find an array of resources.


Start strong. Finish stronger.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136005047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136005049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars very nice product and quality March 14, 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Basic September 23, 2013
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Information that is common sense for the most part. Not revealing or relevant enough in my opinion. Could be useful for students who are totally clueless about school and have spent the last 10 years of their lives sleeping in class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars must have for every college student May 31, 2009
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this book is oversimplified, but puts things in an easy to understand format. Every college student should take this course before inrolling in classes on a full time basis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A present for my daughter in college February 24, 2011
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Keys to Success: Building Analytical, Creatived Practical Skills Value Package (includes MyStudentSuccessLab with E-Book Student Access Code)

My daughter was looking online to purchase this book. The cost on other sites were too high. Told her I'll get it for her on for less and it will be a new book not used. The price was just right and she got it on time to start her class. Book came a few days ahead of the delivery date. NICE!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars learn about college life September 16, 2009
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This is a good book for learning how to live in a dorm and be around other people that you are not related to. It is like summer camp for college students.
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