Keys to Success in College, Career and Life, Brief / Edition 3

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This brief version of the best-selling book connects college skills with career and life success. With its learn-by-doing emphasis, it encourages readers to think critically about their choices and goals. Chapter topics include a Welcome to College and further discuss: knowing how you learn and how to choose a major; goal setting and time management; becoming an active learner with critical and creative thinking; reading and studying; listening, note taking, and memory; test taking; relating to others in a diverse world; and building skills for life success. For students of college and life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130986344
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Welcome to College: Opening Doors.
2. Self-Awareness: Knowing How You Learn and How to Choose a Major.
3. Goal Setting and Time Management: Using Values to Map Your Course.


4. Critical and Creative Thinking: Becoming an Active Learner.
5. Reading and Studying: Focusing on Content.
6. Listening, Note Taking, and Memory: Taking in, Recording, and Retaining Information.
7. Test Taking: Showing What You Know.


8. Relating to Others: Communicating in a Diverse World.
9. Wellness, Career, and Money: Building Skills for Life Success.
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Owner's Manual


You are living in a world of enormous change, a world where technology turns dreams into reality, where people from every land and culture communicate and interrelate--often for the first time--and where new opportunities are created as quickly as old ones fade away. The world may seem bright with promise, even as the choices you face feel overwhelming-what to study, what career to pursue, what lifestyle to adopt, what to believe.

Two keys will help you get where you want to go. The first is an open mind--being a receptive learner. Only when you are open to information, choices, and situations can you hope to see the possibilities that are often right in front of you. The second is motivation. Throughout life, you will need the determination and drive to take advantage of those possibilities and achieve your goals.

Open Your Mind to Keys to Success

Start by opening your mind to the many features in this text and to the resources available in your course. Keys to Success, Brief Third Edition, is filled with tools that will help you to develop the attitudes, ideas, and skills that are the building blocks of future success. Among the tools you will encounter are:

Skills that prepare you for college, career, and life. The ideas and strategies that help you succeed in college also take you where you want to go in your career and personal life. The three parts of this text help you develop a firm foundation for lifelong learning.

  • Part 1: Defining Yourself and Your Goals. Chapter 1 provides an overview of today's college experience and an opportunity toevaluate your personal starting point. Chapter 2 helps you identify complementary aspects of your learning style--your Multiple Intelligences and your Personality Spectrum profile--and choose strategies that make them work for you. Chapter 3 helps you master valuable goal-setting and time-management skills that keep you moving forward.
  • Part II: Developing Your Learning Skills. Chapter 4 puts your learning into action, introducing you to an array of critical-thinking skills--how to take in, question, and use information so that you can solve problems, make decisions, and plan strategically. The remaining chapters in Part II build crucial skills for the classroom and beyond--Reading and Studying (Chapter 5), Listening, Note Taking, and Memory (Chapter 6), and Test Taking (Chapter 7).
  • Part III: Creating Success. Recognizing that success includes more than academic achievement, Chapter 8 focuses on developing the interpersonal and communication skills you need in a diverse society. Chapter 9 helps you to manage stress and wellness issues, develop the money-management and career-planning skills that you need in college and beyond, and think expansively: What path have you traveled during the semester? What plans do you have for your future?

Skill-building exercises. Today's graduates need to be effective thinkers, team players, writers, and strategic planners. The set of exercises at the end of each chapter--"Building Skills for College, Career, and Life Success"--encourages you to develop these valuable skills and to apply thinking processes to any topic or situation:

  • The Big Picture: Combining Thinking, Strategy, and Teamwork. This exercise encourages you to apply critical thinking and strategy to chapter topics in ways that take your personal goals into account. It also gives you a chance to interact and learn in a group setting, building your teamwork and leadership skills in the process.
  • Writing: Discovery Through Journaling. This journal exercise provides an opportunity to express your thoughts and develop your writing skills.
  • Career Portfolio: Charting Your Course. This exercise helps you gather evidence of your talents, skills, interests, qualifications, and experience. At the end of the semester, you will have created a portfolio of information and insights that will help you find the right career and job.
  • Assess Yourself- Student Success Strategies. If you have access to the CD-ROM Strategies for Success, this exercise provides more ways to broaden your understanding of the chapter material.

Diversity of voice. The world is becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, perspective, culture, lifestyle, race, choices, abilities, needs, and more. In recognition of this fact, many voices speak to you from these pages, through the following features:

  • Personal Triumph presents a real-life story of a person who has overcome difficult circumstances in the pursuit of education and fulfillment. You may relate personally to the people profiled, but even if you don't, you will be inspired by their stories. What you read of their courage and perseverance will motivate you to step up your personal efforts to succeed. You will find a Personal Triumph story in each chapter.
  • Chapter opening Q & As highlight questions posed by actual students as they begin college. Each question is answered by another person who has had similar experiences.
  • Text examples deal with the realities that students face--balancing school with work; returning to school as an older student; dealing with financial needs, parenting, supporting various lifestyles and schedules; and so on.
  • Chapter summaries introduce a word or phrase from a language other than English and suggest how you might apply the concept to your own life.

What's new in this edition. As we revise, we are in constant touch with students and instructors who tell us how we can improve. For this edition we worked with student editors and contributors gathered from all over the country. Some provided the real-life stories for Personal Triumph and chapter opening Q & As; others read our manuscript in detail and gave us honest and valuable feedback. More than ever before, this edition contains what students taking this course have told us that they want and need--and it reflects their hard work and dedication. In addition to the personal stories found throughout the text, other new elements include:

  • Multiple Intelligence charts throughout the text that demonstrate, in specific, concrete ways, how to apply MI strategies to chapter topics.
  • Expanded discussion of academic integrity (Chapter 1).
  • Expanded discussion of choosing a major (Chapter 2).
  • Strategies for finding the main idea in reading (Chapter 5).
  • A look at the unique choices faced by minority students (Chapter 8).
  • Increased focus on stress management (Chapter 9).
  • Expanded coverage of the pitfalls of credit card debt (Chapter 9).

Be Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

Now that you are open to what is available to you within these pages, the next step depends on your motivation--your ability to get yourself moving toward your goal. In this case, being motivated means studying Keys to Success and taking specific actions to use what you learn to create options and opportunities.

You are responsible for your education and your future. We can offer helpful suggestions, strategies, and ideas, but ultimately it's up to you to use them. We challenge you to start now to make the most of the opportunities before you. If you know yourself, choose the best paths available to you, and follow them with determination, you will earn the success that you deserve. You've made a terrific start by choosing to pursue an education-now you can build the future of your dreams.

Students and instructors: Send your questions, comments, and ideas about Keys to Success to us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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