Coping with College: A Guide for Academic Success / Edition 3

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Brief enough to fit a busy schedule, this valuable guide offers a wealth of practical suggestions for achieving personal and academic success in college. Based on research and student interviews, it offers powerful strategies that can be used immediately to overcome procrastination, minimize study disruptions, meet deadlines, develop vocabulary, overcome test anxiety and more. This revision retains its action-oriented, quick-access style, while including new material on critical thinking, listening, classroom etiquette, and reading comprehension. New end-of-chapter enrichment activities and models for goal setting and writing composition make this text an essential ingredient for anyone striving to improve academic performance and success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131706927
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 863,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice L. Hamachek is professor emeritus at Central Michigan University. She is an academic consultant with a private clinical practice oriented toward helping students achieve personal and academic success. She is known for her expertise in teaching students who have learning difficulties. She has received a number of awards for outstanding leadership and excellence in education.
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Table of Contents

  1. College
  2. Professors
  3. Motivation
  4. Goal Setting
  5. Time Management
  6. Procrastination
  7. Deadlines
  8. Organization
  9. Brainstorming
  10. Critical Thinking
  11. Listening
  12. Notetaking Skills
  13. Writing Processes
  14. Study Strategies
  15. Memory Techniques
  16. Vocabulary Enhancement
  17. Testing Guidelines
  18. Learning Styles
  19. Learning Difficulties
  20. Suggestions for Success




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Coping with College: A Guide for Academic Success is a great book for the person interested in achieving academic excellence in educational endeavors. The book is filled with practical suggestions for the action-oriented student who functions in a fast-paced world that values excellence. The book contains key elements that form the foundational framework for attaining outstanding achievement in higher-level academic settings.

The style of the writing is informal, and the tone is friendly. The information in this book can easily be applied to a variety of learning situations. The approach to learning is positive and suggests that studying can be an enjoyable experience when success is a probability.

Clinical and classroom settings provided the background experiences for this book. Research for the content was conducted over a period of years and included interviews with many students throughout the United States. Therefore, suggestions in this book represent the knowledge of years of study, the wisdom of years of teaching, and the advice of students who were actually encountering the daily challenges of college life.

Each section is written so it can be used independently or blended with other sections to form an integrated whole. The independent nature of each section allows the student to target particular areas and get needed information without reading the entire text. The text is organized to make specific information readily accessible so it can be instantaneously applied.

Coping with College encourages the student to become actively involved in the content and application of skills and strategies for academic success. It gives the student directinstruction related to the topics presented. Guidelines for enhancing one's depth of knowledge and understanding also are included. Therefore, one can do as little or as much as necessary to accomplish the desired outcome.

This second edition of Coping With College includes original text and text that has been refined, rewritten, and reorganized. Sections on mnemonics, the living environment, and non-traditional students have been added. An entire new chapter, Writing Processes, is included to assist students with their research and writing projects. The sequence of chapters has been adjusted to incorporate the new segments and enhance the flow and presentation. Readers will find that the new vocabulary lists, drawings, and cartoons provide an amusing dimension to this second edition.

It has been said that success is a journey. Thus, if academic triumph and good fortune occur frequently, the journey, though it may be long and difficult, will be much more enjoyable! Believe in yourself! Believe in your dreams! Accept the challenge and claim the victory!

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