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Success in college and beyond requires more than just intellect. Motivation, focus, and discipline are key. Staley's FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS shows you how to use these traits to drive your personal success in college—-and well beyond. Knowing how to succeed in college may seem like common sense, but this book teaches college success tactics you need not learn on your own. This text covers topics, tools, and techniques that will deliver results. By learning these skills early, you can avoid common pitfalls. All of the book's exercises are specifically designed to help you learn more about yourself and to help you focus on what you need to do to succeed, with learning tools that help you chart your progress. These lessons will also help you in your career and personal life. Did you know that your odds of completing college successfully increase after you take a college success course? That makes FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS a no-brainer.

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"Dr. Staley has been a professor at CTU for many years and has a superior, complete, and total understanding of the needs of first time students. Strengths: It relates, it connects, it is real, it is not too long, it is an easy read and it is understandable." - Bernard Stancati, Colorado Technical University

"I love the format and presentation of this text. It is eye catching and very user friendly."- Robin Ouzts, Thomas University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439083901
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2011
  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has taught and directed the Freshman Seminar Program for sixteen years. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Staley is the author of a multimedia training package for first-year seminar instructors, as well as, the ground-breaking resource manual 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LECTERN. Staley is a well-known name in FYE circles, and she is a leader in instructor workshop training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in the former Soviet Union from 1995 to 1996. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She received her B.A. from Ball State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy and flying for six years, Dr. Staley earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado. Joining the faculty of the Air Force Academy, he directed and taught courses in writing, speech, organizational communication, and literature. He also helped develop the renowned Air Force Executive Writing Course, visiting government and corporate headquarters for twelve years to model clear, powerful communication. As Assistant Dean of Faculty and Professor of English, Dr. Staley administered the Academy's successful Rhodes Scholarship program, served as president of the Tenure Council, directed faculty development, developed the First Year Seminar "Interdisciplinary Education at the Academy" (IDEA) program, and originated a critically acclaimed course in "Physics and Literature." In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Naval War College as Professor of Strategy and Policy, where he also served as a Research Fellow for the United Nations International Peace Academy. During this time he authored The Wave of the Future: The United Nations and Naval Peacekeeping, and with Dr. Constance Staley co-authored Communicating in Business and the Professions: The Inside Word. As Director of Advising at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Dr. Staley helped develop the school's new Freshman Seminar program, and spent the 1995-96 academic year as a Fulbright Fellow teaching and administering at the Kyrgyz-American University in Kyrgyzstan.

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Table of Contents

1. Getting the Right Start. 2. Building Dreams, Setting Goals. 3. Learning about Learning. 4. Managing Your Time and Energy. 5. Thinking Critically and Creatively. 6. Developing Technology, Research, and Information Literacy Skills. 7. Engaging, Listening, and Note-Taking in Class. 8. Developing Your Memory. 9. Reading and Studying. 10. Taking Tests. 11. Building Relationships, Valuing Diversity. 12. Choosing a College Major and Career. 13. Creating Your Future.

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