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Whether choosing to attend school to pursue a new career or to seek advancement in a current career, students will find New Beginnings an invaluable resource to help guide their journey. Providing much needed relevance to the adult college experience, this book focuses on adjusting to student-life, juggling responsibilities, maximizing resources, brushing up on basic grammar and math skills, and more.
As it builds on skills adults already use in their work and life, they hone many skills including...
“I like this book. It is easy to read, covers relevant material and guides the student in a supportive manner.”
Bethany Marcus, Ph.D.
Southeastern Virginia Training Center
"This is the book that provides opportunity for students to reflect upon themselves in terms of returning to an academic environment as a non-traditional student given the tools necessary for academic success.”
Deborah A. Herzog
Lewis & Clark Community College
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(T.O.C. from 3e - Need 4e Update)
1. Becoming a Student.
Looking Back and Moving Forward: Applying Life Experiences to Being a Student.
Working with Others.
Researching a Problem.
How Being a Student Affects Your Relationships with Others.
Friends and Family Members.
Presenting Your Work.
BOX: Classroom Do’s and Don’ts.
Getting Your Work Done.
BOX: Communication and Goals.
2. Assessing Learning Needs and Course Requirements.
Types of Learners.
WORKSHEET: Evaluating Your Learning Style.
BOX: Tips for Capitalizing on Your Learning Style.
Understanding Classroom Formats.
WORKSHEET: Assessing Your Preferred Class Format.
Recognizing Different Areas of Study.
Choosing Your Classes.
Deciphering Course Descriptions.
BOX: Identifying Your Course Requirements.
Evaluating a Course Syllabus.
BOX: Questions to Ask About a Course.
WORKSHEET: Your College Career Plan.
What you can expect from an on-line course.
BOX: Successful Learning On-line.
3. Identifying College Resources.
Study Skills Classes.
Counselors for Students with Disabilities.
BOX: Making the Best Use of Support Resources.
BOX: Planning a Meeting With an Advisor.
4. Strategies for Managing Time and Stress.
Time Commitments of Being a Student.
Ten Hints for Time Management.
1. Be realistic.
2. Build in “safe time.”
3. Keep a planner.
4. Find a space.
5. Look at the big picture.
6. Speak up about your concerns and commitments.
7. Work a little every day.
8 Make a checklist each week.
9. Just say no.
10. Get a study buddy.
Six Tips for Managing Stress.
1. Identify a source of comfort.
2. Try relaxation techniques.
3. Use exercise.
4. Try imagery.
5. Find an anchor.
6. Connect with your support system.
BOX: Relaxation Exercise.
5. Developing Note-Taking, Studying, and Test-Taking Skills.
Taking Notes from Different Kinds of Instructors.
The Organized Lecturer.
BOX: General Pointers for Taking Class Notes.
How to Prepare for Tests.
Preparing for a Multiple-Choice or Short-Answer Test.
Preparing for an Essay Test.
BOX: Types of Essay Questions.
Understanding Your Grade.
6. Strategies for Reading .
Taking an Active Approach to Reading.
Reading a Textbook.
Reading a Theoretical or Critical Book or Article.
BOX: Analyzing Your Reading Assignments .
7. Strategies for Research.
Choosing a Research Topic.
Formulating a Research Question.
Distinguishing Primary and Secondary Sources.
Professional and Scholarly Journals.
Book Review Digest.
Using the Internet for Research.
Evaluating Internet sites.
BOX: Internet Lingo.
Taking Notes Based on Your Research.
Styles of Documentation.
Organizing Your Notes.
Plagiarism and Overdocumentation.
What is Plagiarism?
When Does Plagiarism Occur?
How Can You Avoid Plagiarism?
Are You Overdocumenting?
BOX: Useful Guides to Research.
8. Strategies for Writing.
Writer’s Block: What Is It and What Causes It?
BOX: Writing Assignment Checklist.
Freewriting, Brainstorming, and Mind-Mapping.
BOX: An Example of Freewriting.
Starting with Passages from Source Material.
BOX: Sample Paragraph Outline.
Visualizing a Reader.
Writing an Introduction.
Writing a Conclusion.
BOX: Revision Checklist.
Three Qualities to Aim for in Your Writing.
BOX: Eliminating Unnecessary Words.
Appendix A: Grammar Brushup.
The Parts of Speech.
What Is a Sentence?
Placing Phrases and Clauses Logically.
Using the Active Voice.
Common Usage Errors.
Appendix B: Math Brushup.
Math Anxiety Is a Learned Behavior.
Overcoming Mathematics Anxiety.
The Language of Mathematics.
Decimals and Percentages.
Some Rules of Algebra.
The Order of Operations.
The Number Line.
The Real Number System.
Expressions and Equations.
Properties of Equality.
Prime Numbers and Factoring.
Working with Exponents.
The First Law of Exponents.
The Second Law of Exponents.
The Third Law of Exponents.
Nth Roots and Rational Exponents.
A Method for Dealing with Word Problems.
Appendix C: Financing Your Education.
WORKSHEET: Assessing Your College Expenses.
How to Find Financial Aid.
Scholarships and Grants.
Assistantships, Internships, and Work-Study Plans.
Posted April 15, 2011
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