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Adults in College: A Survival Guide for Nontraditional Students

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Adults are attending college in record numbers. Some begin college for the first time as adults, and others return to finish what they started as teenagers. Of more than 14 million students in the nation's colleges and universities, about 40% are over age 24 and considered nontraditional students. Nontraditional students go to college because they choose to go, not because of expectations of or pressure from parents or others. Nontraditional students make personal commitments and, often, great sacrifices to ...
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Overview

Adults are attending college in record numbers. Some begin college for the first time as adults, and others return to finish what they started as teenagers. Of more than 14 million students in the nation's colleges and universities, about 40% are over age 24 and considered nontraditional students. Nontraditional students go to college because they choose to go, not because of expectations of or pressure from parents or others. Nontraditional students make personal commitments and, often, great sacrifices to attend college. They juggle jobs, families, and class work with a phenomenal determination. This book is for those students. Adults in College addresses the fears of adult college students, provides the inspiration they need to overcome the obstacles they face, and supplies the nuts-and-bolts information they need to succeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912011615
  • Publisher: Dallas Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why You Belong in College 7
Who are the non-traditional students?
Why you belong in college
Will you be the oldest person in class?
Will you be the dumbest person in class?
"An Open Letter to the Class of 1996 UNCW,"
Survival Tip: Reading List
Other fears
Survival Tip
Why you are ready for college
What college will do for you
2 Overcoming Obstacles and Special Circumstances 35
If you dropped out of high school
If you have kids at home
Survival Tip
If you are a supermom
If your kids have left the nest
If you have an unsupportive spouse
If you have a jealous spouse
If you have retired from your job
If you have lost a partner to death or divorce
Survival tips
The home front
Teenagers
Young children
Jobs
Controlling stress
Taking one step at a time
3 The First Steps 55
Choosing a school
Community colleges
Senior colleges and universities
Admission
Financial aid
Placement tests
GED classes
Choosing classes
Developmental courses
General studies courses
Nontraditional credit
CLEP tests
Departmental exams
Correspondence courses
Television courses/Distance learning
Continuing education/Non-credit courses
Getting through the bureaucracy
Counselors
Degree plans
Nontraditional student organizations
Survival Tip: College terms
4 What to Expect 87
Registration
Choosing professors or instructors
Kinds of instructors
"Considering Graduate School?"
Community college instructors
University professors
Survival tip
Buying textbooks
The first class
5 College Protocol: The Spoken and Unspoken Rules 105
How to be a good student
Survival tip
Classroom behavior
Survival tip
What do you call the instructor?
Pretty papers
The language of the classroom
Presentations
6 How to Study 121
Learning styles or brain power: "Learning Styles,"
Reading
Varying reading rates
The study environment
The SQ3R study technique
Readability levels
Developing vocabulary
Using mnemonics
Taking lecture notes
Study groups
Making tests as study aids
The study environment and test day
Further notes
7 Quick English Review 153
Quiz
Answers and explanations
A quick review
Post quiz
Answers and explanations
8 The Writing Process 175
Writing: Who needs it?
The process of writing
Prewriting
Drafting
Revising
Editing
Proofreading
Example of writing process
Using writing samples
Taking essay exams
Survival tip: Essay exams
9 The Research Process 195
The Research Paper: Torture test or learning tool? The literary research paper
Topic selection for a research paper
Library sources
Making a working bibliography
Making notes from sources
Pulling your information together
Incorporating sources into your paper
Practice: Using Summaries, Paraphrases, and Quotations
Using outside sources
Ways to incorporate published sources
Documentation styles
Manuscript form
Survival Tip: Savor the feeling
10 Quick Math Review 215
Judy Taylor's Quiz
Answers and explanations
A brief review
Post quiz
Answers and explanations
11 Taking Tests 227
Preparing for tests
Objective tests
Essay tests
Test anxiety
Going into the test situation
Tips for taking essay exams
Tips for taking objective exams
Works Cited 249
Index 251
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