New Beginnings: Guide to Adult Learners / Edition 3

New Beginnings: Guide to Adult Learners / Edition 3

by Linda Simon

ISBN-10: 0131958895

ISBN-13: 9780131958890

Pub. Date: 11/17/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Offer your adult students a resource that truly provides them with the tools they need to...

  • Make successful oral presentations
  • Manage collaborative work projects
  • Conduct research on the Internet
  • Finance their adult education

As an adult learner...

This revision of New Beginnings provides relevancyand opportunity, as it guides you

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Offer your adult students a resource that truly provides them with the tools they need to...

  • Make successful oral presentations
  • Manage collaborative work projects
  • Conduct research on the Internet
  • Finance their adult education

As an adult learner...

This revision of New Beginnings provides relevancyand opportunity, as it guides you through the specific needs you have as an adult learner and/or returning student to do well in college.  Whether you are pursuing a new career or seeking advancement in your current career, this book will also be a valuable resource.  Its contents will equip you with skills for continuous learning so that you reach your goal of obtaining - and keeping - a better job.

Additional Support - in and out of the classroom...

For instructors and students alike, we encourage you to visit our Student Success Supersite.  This valuable resource is at

Features include:

  • Majors Exploration
  • Career Advice
  • Web Links
  • Tips from Successful Students
  • Student Bulletin Boards
  • Faculty Resources

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Table of Contents

1. Becoming a Student.

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Applying Life Experiences to Being a Student.

Juggling Responsibilities.

Evaluating Information.

Working with Others.

Researching a Problem.

How Being a Student Affects Your Relationships with Others.

Friends and Family Members.


Classroom Protocol.

Presenting Your Work.

Written work.

Oral Presentations.

Collaborative projects.

Learning On-Line.

BOX: Classroom Do’s and Don’ts.

Getting Your Work Done.

Setting Goals.

BOX: Communication and Goals.

Additional Resources.


2. Assessing Learning Needs and Course Requirements.

Types of Learners.

Visual Learner.

Kinesthetic Learner.

Auditory Learner.

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.

 On-line Learning

What you can expect from an on-line course.

BOX: Successful Learning On-line.

3. Identifying College Resources.

Educational Advisors.

Study Skills Classes.



Testing Services.

Counselors for Students with Disabilities.

Career Counseling.

Personal Counseling.

Mentoring Programs.

Tutoring Networks.

BOX: Making the BestUse of Support Resources.

Writing Center.

Computer Center.


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.

The Storyteller.

The Discusser.

BOX: General Pointers for Taking Class Notes.

How to Prepare for Tests.


Study Time.

Preparing for a Multiple-Choice or Short-Answer Test.

Preparing for an Essay Test.


BOX: Types of Essay Questions.

Understanding Your Grade.

Additional Resources.


6. Strategies for Reading.

Taking an Active Approach to Reading.

Reading a Textbook.

Reading a Theoretical or Critical Book or Article.

Reading Fiction.

Reading Poetry.

BOX: Analyzing Your Reading Assignments.


7. Strategies for Research.

Choosing a Research Topic.

Formulating a Research Question.

Distinguishing Primary and Secondary Sources.

Library Resources.



Popular Magazines.

Professional and Scholarly Journals.


Book Review Digest.

Biographical Indexes.

Newspaper Indexes.

On-line Databases.


Using the Internet for Research.

Evaluating Internet sites.

BOX: Internet Lingo.

Taking Notes Based on Your Research.

Using Quotations.



Documenting Sources.

Styles of Documentation.

Organizing Your Notes.

Index Cards.


Tape Recorders.

Computer Files.

Plagiarism and Overdocumentation.

What is Plagiarism?

When Does Plagiarism Occur?

How Can You Avoid Plagiarism?

Are You Overdocumenting?

BOX: Useful Guides to Research.

Additional Resources.


8. Strategies for Writing.

Writer’s Block: What Is It and What Causes It?

BOX: Writing Assignment Checklist.

Generating Ideas.

Journal Writing.

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.

Developing Paragraphs.

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?

Pronoun Protocol.

Handling Verbs.

Placing Phrases and Clauses Logically.


Using the Active Voice.


Common Usage Errors.

Additional Resources.


Appendix B: Math Brushup.

Math Anxiety Is a Learned Behavior.

Overcoming Mathematics Anxiety.

The Language of Mathematics.




Decimals and Percentages.

Scientific Notation.


Some Rules of Algebra.

The Order of Operations.

Negative Numbers.

The Number Line.

The Real Number System.

Commutative Property.

Associative Property.

Identity Properties.

Inverse Properties.

Distributive Property.

Expressions and Equations.

Properties of Equality.

Linear Equations.

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.
On-Line Resources.



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