FOCUS on College Success / Edition 3

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Overview

With increased attention paid to diversity, the application of skills to future careers, and even more relatable research, the third 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 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.

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"A text is helpful when it is clear, concise, engaging, relevant—Focus on College Success is all that and more. We are introduced to students and have an opportunity to 'get to know them' through the text. The annotations in the instructor's edition are lifesavers. Text activities are meaningful, and not just busy work. Videos are informational and entertaining. Focus is the ultimate FYE course package."

"My favorite part of the book is the challenge cases. They cover so many issues and every student can relate to at least a portion of every case study. In addition, they are realistic and presented in a realistic and presented in a realistic manner. The questions at the end of the challenge case cause the students to think about responses and situations they probably would not discuss. In addition, it is a great group exercise to have the students respond to the questions in groups."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111827526
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 3.31 (w) x 4.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has directed the Freshman Seminar Program for 20 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. A well-known name in FYE circles, Staley is a leader in instructor workshop training nation-wide. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching in the former Soviet Union in 1996. Dr. Staley received a B.A. in education from Ball State University, and an M.A. in linguistics and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS, and FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS CONCISE for Cengage Learning, and the co-author of FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS with Steve Staley.

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Table of Contents

1. Building Dreams, Setting Goals. 2. Learning about Learning. 3. Managing Your Time, Energy, and Money. 4. Thinking Critically and Creatively. 5. Developing Information Literacy, Writing, and Speaking Skills. 6. Engaging, Listening, and Note-Taking in Class. 7. Developing Your Memory. 8. Reading and Studying. 9. Taking Tests. 10. Building Relationships, Valuing Diversity. 11. Working Toward Wellness. 12. Choosing a College Major and Career.

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