FOCUS on College Success / Edition 3by Constance Staley
Pub. Date: 01/01/2012
Publisher: Cengage Learning
With increased attention paid to resilience, teamwork, and professionalism, the fourth edition of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS recognizes the varied experiences of today's students and guides them to be more motivated and focused. The research-based approach builds a solid foundation, allowing students see the relevancy of this course to their lives. By helping… See more details below
With increased attention paid to resilience, teamwork, and professionalism, the fourth edition of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS recognizes the varied experiences of today's students and guides them to be more motivated and focused. The research-based approach builds a solid foundation, allowing students see the relevancy of this course to their lives. By helping students develop realistic expectations of what it takes to learn, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS motivates and encourages students with direct applications and immediate results. Written by Constance Staley, one of the best-known names in the field of motivation, this text increases the credibility of the college success course by providing tools that help students succeed and thereby improve institutional retention rates. Starting with the use of the FOCUS Challenge Cases that introduce each chapter, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS strikes a personal and informal conversation with readers--directly connecting with them and drawing them into text discussions. In a recent survey of students using FOCUS, 97% would recommend that their professor use this book again with next year's first-year students. Many students today are over-optionalized and over-obligated. FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS addresses those issues head-on, creating teachable moments--and concrete results--in every class period.
Table of Contents
1. Starting Strong, Building Resilience. 2. Setting Goals, Achieving Dreams. 3. Learning Styles and Studying. 4. Managing Your Time, Energy, and Money. 5. Thinking Critically and Creatively. 6. Learning Online. 7. Engaging, Listening, and Note-taking in Class. 8. Reading, Writing, and Presenting. 9. Developing Memory, Taking Tests. 10. Working in Teams, Valuing Diversity. 11. Working Toward Wellness. 12. Choosing a College Major and Career.
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I find all of the FOCUS textbooks over-simplified and often insulting in how "cutesy" the author tries to be. Each chapter is filled with lists of the "seven c's" or the "four p's" with a tone that is more suited for 4th graders than college level students. Staley provides little to no scientific basis for most of the topics covered, even though there is much research and factual evidence that could be provided and actually IS covered in other textbooks on the subject of college success. The FOCUS books are written as though the students reading them have no skills at all. My students complain of being "talked down to" and I agree. The tone in these books is insulting. I would not recommend the FOCUS books for college use or for students looking to read something to help them with college success.