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Choices for College Success asks students to make personal choices by addressing the question...

“What are you doing to get what you want?”

Each chapter and every activity demonstrates how initiating responsible decision-making and follow-through put potential and ambition into action. Potential is the ability; ambition is the desire; but it is the doing by the student that enhances academic success and helps create a healthy and balanced life. As one reviewer stated, “The text tells the reader WHAT they need to know and HOW they need to do it.”

Features include:

  • Theme of well-being, health, and balance threaded throughout the book.
  • Time organization addressed early (Chapter 2).
  • Chapter on civility and group dynamics thoroughly revised (Chapter 10).
  • Financial literacy presented in its own complete chapter (Chapter 12).
  • Testing strategies divided into two chapters: test preparation and memory (Chapter 7) and test performance (Chapter 8).
  • Chapter on information literacy revised to include responsibilities of the information age (Chapter 9).
  • Health chapter enhanced to focus on diet, exercise and physical conditioning (Chapter 11).
  • "Review and Renew (R and R)" activity added at the end of each part (After Chapters 4, 9, 13).
  • “Pre-assessment activity” and "Post-assessment activity" included for each chapter.
  • Student spotlights strategically placed to provide perspectives on challenges and choices first-year students must address.

For more information visit

Support — in and out of the classroom…

In addition to an Instructor's manual, PowerPoint, and Test bank, this text may also be accompanied upon request by a rich resource for students:


Succeed in college and beyond!

Connect, practice, and personalize with MyStudentSuccessLab.

Students connect, practice, and personalize skills through a

self-guided online solution with MyStudentSuccessLab.

Features peer-led videos, interactive exercises and projects, journaling and goal setting activities.

Provides academic, life, and career skills that will transfer to ANY course.

Connect with real students • Practice skill development • Personalize what is learned

To learn more about MyStudentSuccessLab, visit

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A robust textbook with plenty of details to support class discussions." -- Sara Marchessault, Tallahassee Community College

"Overall, I think this is a wonderful book for first year students and students embrace the book as well. The topics and chapters are relevant to today's college students." -- Carolyn D. Sotto, University of Cincinnati

"Material is written on a level that is challenging as well as inviting to students." --Eunice Evelyn Walker, Southern Arkansas University

"For those who work within a developmental model, this text offers the opportunity to focus on concepts which help develop self-sustaining, independent learners." -- Paul Donaldson, Tulane University (To read the full review provided by NACADA, click here.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137007516
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Series: MyStudentSuccessLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Piscitelli has three decades of teaching and professional development experience. He has taught students of varying abilities and grade levels, from middle school through the university level. He has been recognized for his effective teaching style with awards at the school, county, and international level. Steve is also a seasoned national workshop developer and presenter. He brings energy, humor, interaction, live original music, and practicality to his classes and workshops. He has presented in every region of the nation.

Steve, a tenured professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, has earned degrees from Jacksonville University, The University of North Florida, and The University of Florida. He is also the author of Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff?, Second Edition, published by Pearson Prentice Hall in 2009. Steve also wrote, produced, and recorded the CD Same Tune, Different Song. He weaves his songs into his classes and his programs.

Steve lives with his wife, Laurie, and canine companion, Buddy, in Atlantic Beach, Florida. You will find more information about Steve, his books, his music, and his programs You will find more information about Steve, his books, his music, and his programs at

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

Part 1: Choices for Priority Management

1. Transitions, Balance, and Organization

2. Organizing Time, Space, and Money

3. Motivation and Goal Setting

4. Critical Thinking and Learning Preferences

Part 2: Choices for Academic Success

5. Class-time Listening and Note-taking Skills

7. Out-of-class Strategies for Notes Review and Textbook Reading

8. Test Preparation and Memory Skills

8. Test Performance

9. Information Literacy

Part 3: Choices for a Balanced Life

10. The Many Faces of Civility

11. Treating Yourself With Respect

12. Financial Literacy

13. Exploration of Majors and Careers


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