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“Practical Strategies for Change”

The sixth edition of Cornerstone: Creating Success Through Positive Change guides students in adapting practical strategies for change to their own lives Those who can master change with a positive attitude, take calculated risks and maintain an open mind will succeed. Filled with inspiring stories and powerful activities, this motivating book teaches success through discovery, goal-setting and determination. Cornerstone incorporates SQ3R and Bloom's Taxonomy throughout, employing focused reading and critical thinking strategies necessary for student achievement.

Tools for Change include :

· How to Approach Change In Your Life - Implements change through seven practical steps. (Chapter 1)

· Self-Responsibility Assessments - Evaluates students’ personal responsibility levels and examines self-defeating behaviors. (Chapters 2 and 3)

· Success Stickers - Provides students with a way to tag important information as they study, such as preparing for a test, marking a great quote, or identifying something they find personally relevant. (Back of text)

· TEN Essential Cornerstones - Focuses on the ten most important aspects of one's personal and professional life. (Throughout all chapters)

· Chapter highlights

  • Information Literacy - Applies research to a 5 major step process. (Chapter 5)
  • Interpersonal Communication Includes self-disclosure, understanding and getting along with others, and communicating via technology in the digital age. (Chapter 4)
  • Money Management — Starts students on a sound fiscal policy program to manage their finances and prosper at all times. (Chapter 11)

· Thinking for Change — Teaches process for critical thinking via seven steps that develop students’ problem solving abilities. (Chapter 5 and throughout the text)

For more information about the book including its’ stellar supplements package, go to

Start strong. Finish stronger.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Students will think the text is talking to them personally. It truly is all about them."

--Melanie Deffendal, Delgado Community College

"This is an excellent text that addresses the changing needs of students. Bloom’s Taxonomy will challenge students to think about why they decided to attend college and what they want to accomplish. Moreover, the Taxonomy can be applied to other classes. Success is linked to positive change."

--Arthur Webb, Oklahoma State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137007578
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Series: MyStudentSuccessLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D. has been teaching public speaking, theatre, and student success and working with first-year orientation programs for over 25 years. Currently, he is a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, teaching student success, technical writing, public speaking, and drama.

An award-winning educator, Robb was named Educator of the Year at the College of Southern Nevada. He twice received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the University of South Carolina Union, and has received numerous other awards and nominations for outstanding classroom instruction and advisement.

Robb’s extensive work with student success programs includes experience with the design and implementation of these programs—including one program that was presented at the International Conference on the First-Year Experience in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has conducted faculty development keynotes and workshops at over 350 institutions of higher education across America. He has spoken in 46 states and several foreign countries.

In addition to his co-authorship of Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Success 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 2010), he has authored or co-authored Solving the Professional Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning (Prentice Hall, 2009), Cornerstone: Discovering Your Potential, Learning Actively, and Living Well (Prentice Hall, 2008), Roadways to Success (Prentice Hall, 2001), the trade book 365 Things I Learned in College (Allyn & Bacon, 1996), Capstone: Succeeding Beyond College (Prentice Hall, 2001), Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Prentice Hall, 2004), The Everything ® Self-Esteem Book (Adams Media, 2004), , and Cornerstone: Building on Your Best for Career Success (Prentice Hall, 2006).

Robb’s interest in student success began with his own first year in college. Low SAT scores and a dismal high school ranking denied him entrance into college. With the help of a success program, Robb was granted entrance into college, and went on to earn five college degrees, including a doctorate. He has always been interested in the social, academic, and cultural development of students, and sees this book as his way to help students enter the world of work and establishing lasting, rewarding careers. Visit

Patricia G. Moody, Ph.D. is Dean Emerita of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina, where she served on the faculty for over 30 years. An award-winning educator, Pat was honored as Distinguished Educator of the Year at her college and as Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association. She was also a top-five finalist for the Amoco Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina. She received the prestigious John Robert Gregg Award, the highest honor in her field of over 100,000 educators.

Pat has co-authored many texts and simulations including: Solving the Professional Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning , Cornerstone: Discovering Your Potential, Learning Actively, and Living Well, 3 65 Things I Learned in College, Capstone: Succeeding Beyond College, Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Success .

A nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, and author, Pat has spoken in most states, has been invited to speak in several foreign countries, and frequently keynotes national and regional conventions. She has presented her signature, motivational keynote address, “Fly Like an Eagle” to tens thousands of people, from Olympic athletes to corporate executives to high school students.

As the Dean of her college, Dr. Moody led international trips to build relationships and establish joint research projects in hospitality. Under her direction, faculty members in her college began a landmark study of Chinese Tourists. Pat now travels the country delivering workshops, keynotes, and presentations on topics such as Managing Change, Working in the New Global Community, The Future of the Future, Student Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence. She also serves as a personal coach for business executives.

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Table of Contents

BEGIN: The Goal of Cornerstone and Our Commitment to You

Features In each chapter:

Why Read This Chapter

Why Read This Chapter…From My Perspective

Scan & Question


CHAPTER 1 CHANGE: Adjusting to the Culture of College, Nurturing Change, and Setting Goals

The Times…They Are A-Changin’

The M&M Theory

College and You

The Culture of College

Creating Success Through Positive Change

Eliminating Roadblocks to Your Success

Building a New You

CHAPTER 2 ENGAGE: Developing Your Personal and Academic Passion to Persist in College

The Power and Passion of Motivation

Achieving Your Potential and Increasing Your Motivation

Persisting in College

CHAPTER 3 PERSIST: Using the Tools of Self-Management to Stay in College

To Be Successful, You Have to Last

Knowing the Rules Up Front

The College Professor

I Can’t Believe You Gave Me an F

Classroom Challenges

The Golden Rule–or Just a Crock

Self-Management, Ethics, and Your Future

Making Mature Decisions


The Dangers of using Someone Else’s Work as Your Own

Success Centers and Student Services on Campus

Let Me Give You a Piece of Advice

Moving On

How to Calculate Your Grade Point Average

On the Go and Going Online

Persisting in College

CHAPTER 4 COMMUNICATE: Improving Your Personal Communication, Cultivating Relationships, and Managing Conflict

The Communication Process

The Story of One Wild Boy

Nonverbal Behavior in Interpersonal Communication


Self-Disclosure and Interpersonal Communication

The Ties That Bind

Learning to Live and Communicate with Others

Conflict in Relationships Is Inevitable

The Faces of Conflict

Standards for Dealing with Difficult People and Managing Conflict

CHAPTER 5 THINK: Expanding Your Aptitude for Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Information Literacy Skills

Thinking About Thinking

The Importance of Critical Thinking

An Eight-Point Plan for Critical Thinking

Sharpening Your Emotional Intelligence Skills


CHAPTER 6 PRIORITIZE: Planning Your Time and Reducing Stress

Time–You Have All There Is

Time Management and Self-Discipline

I’ll Do It When I Have a Little Free Time

Planning, Doodling, or Begging

Absolutely No…Well, Maybe

Beginning Your Day with Peace

The Dreaded “P” Word

Getting the Most Out of This Moment

Evaluating How You Spend Your Time

Focusing On and Eliminating Distractions and Interruptions

Planning and Preparing

Stress? I Don’t Have Enough Time for Stress!

I Don’t Think I Feel So Well

CHAPTER 7 LEARN: Using Your Dominant Intelligence, Preferred Learning Style, and Unique Personality Type to Become an Active Learner

We Hope You Learned Your Lesson!

Give Your Brain a Workout

The Learning Process

Understanding Your Strengths

Understanding Multiple Intelligences

Understanding Multiple Inteligences to Enhance Studying and Learning

Understanding Learning Styles Theory

Wanted: A Visual Learner with Tactile Skills

Understanding Personality Types

CHAPTER 8 READ: Building Your Reading and Comprehension Skills

Is Reading Fundamental or Just Pure Torture?

Discovering Your Reading Style

I Feel the Need…The Need for Speed

Speed and Comprehension

You Don’t Have to Be a Logodaedalian to Enjoy Words

It’s Not Just a Doorstop

Learning to Read Faster and Smarter

Finding the Topic and Main Ideas in Paragraphs and Sections

SQ3R to the Rescue

It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

CHAPTER 9 RECORD: Cultivating Your Listening Skills and Developing a Note Taking System that Works for You

The Importance of Listening

Listening Defined

The Four Listening Systems

Listening Can Be So Hard

Listening for Key Words, Phrases, and Hints

Listening in Difficult Situations

Taking Effective Notes

Tips for Effective Note Taking

You’ll Be Seeing Stars

Three Common Note-Taking Systems\

It’s as Simple as A, B, C–1, 2, 3

It’s a Split Decision

Going Around in Circles

TMI! TMI! (Too Much Information)

CHAPTER 10 UNDERSTAND: Empowering Your Memory, Studying Effectively, and Taking Tests with Confidence

I Forgot to Remember!

This Isn’t Your Daddy’s VCR

The Capability of Your Memory

Using Mnemonic Devices

Hakuna Matata

Studying in a Crunch

Thinking About Testing

Quizzing Your Instructor and Knowing Your Response Type

Test-Taking Strategies and Hints for Success


CHAPTER 11 PROSPER: Managing Your Money and Your Debts Wisely

The Overwhelming Burden of Crushing Debt

Practicing Discipline at the Right Time

Pennies from Heaven

Student Loans

Know the Score

B is for Budgeting

Living on Borrowed Money

The Pitfalls of Payday Loans, Car Title Loans, and Rent-to-Own Contracts

Small Costs Add Up!

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Battling the Big ‘If’s’

CHAPTER 12 INFORM: Improving Your Research, Writing and Speaking Skills

The Enormous and Vast Power of Words

How to Write a College-Level Research Paper

Public Speaking

Preparing a Powerful PowerPoint Presentation

I’d Rather Die Than Make This Speech

Walking Tall

CHAPTER 13 RELATE: Celebrating People, Cultures, and Diversity

Learning to Think Globally While Making Local Applications

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!

Living and Learning in the Brave New World

Seeing the World with Clear Eyes

CHAPTER 14 LIVE: Developing Your Plan for Wellness and Personal Responsibility

A Holisitic Approach to Wellness

The Mind’s Effect on Wellness

Silent Problems of the Mind

The Soul’s Effect on Wellness

The Body’s Effect on Wellness

What You Do Today May Impact You for Years to Come

Smoking Cessation and How to Do It

STDs and Birth Control

CHAPTER 15 PLAN: Focusing on Your Professional Career and Living Well

Planning for the Future

What Am I Going to Do for the Rest of My Life?

10 Baby Steps That Will Become Giant Steps Tomorrow

Developing Your Career Self-Study Plan

Help Me: I’m Undeclared

Workin’ 9 to 5–or Trying To

Writing a Powerful and Concise Cover Letter

Understand the Do’s and Don’ts of Memorable Resumes

General Tips

The Big Day Is Here

Win, Lose, or Draw, Always Say ‘Thank You’ in Writing

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