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User-friendly, class tested and authoritatively research-based, Step by Step to College and Career Success offers students proven information and straightforward strategies that they can apply toward their success. The briefest title in the Gardner family of books, the authors have pared away extras and have focused on the most crucial skills and the most important choices students have to make in order to succeed in college and beyond. Step by Step is an accessible text that can be useful to all students at any institution whatever their background or goals. In the fourth edition pressing topics that affect students' lives and how they learn—such as money management, emotional intelligence, technology, and diversity—have been added and expanded within a vibrant, easy-to-navigate new design. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413030761
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/5/2007
  • Series: Thomson Advantage Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to as an author. The recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, John has over 40 years of experience directing and teaching in the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. John is universally recognized as one of the country's leading educators for his role in initiating and orchestrating an international reform movement to improve the beginning college experience, a concept he coined as "the first-year experience." He is the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at USC, the Policy Center on the First Year of College and most recently the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (, the latter two based in Brevard, N.C.
Betsy O. Barefoot is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first-year seminar. During her tenure at USC from 1988 to 1999, she served as codirector for research and publications at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She also taught University 101 and graduate courses on the first-year experience and the principles of college teaching. She conducts first-year seminar faculty training workshops around the world and is frequently called on to evaluate first-year seminar outcomes. Betsy is codirector and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education both in Brevard, N.C. In her Policy Center role she led a major national research project to identify institutions of excellence in the first college year. She currently works with both two- and four-year campuses in evaluating all components of the first year.

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Table of Contents

1. Beginning Your College Experience
Making a Commitment and Staying Focused
     Making the Transition
     Returning Students versus Traditional Students
     Setting Goals for Success
Connecting with Your Instructors 
     What Your Instructors Expect from You
     What You Can Expect from Your Instructors 
     Making the Most of the Learning Relationship
     Understanding Academic Freedom 
     When Things Go Wrong between You and an Instructor
How Relationships Change in College
     Spouses, Partners, and Families
     Social Networking and Electronic Relationships
Being Active in Campus and Community Life
     Joining On-Campus Groups
Chapter Review
2. Managing  Your Time
Taking Control of Your Time
     Setting Goals
     Establishing Priorities
     Staying Focused
     Overcoming Procrastination and Staying Motivated
Creating a Workable Class Schedule
     Using a Daily or Weekly Planner
     Maintaining a “To-Do” List
     Scheduling Your Time Week by Week
Organizing Your Day
     Making Your Daily Time Management Plan Work
     Don't Overextend Yourself
     Reduce Distractions and Follow a Routine
Overcoming Procrastination and Respecting Others' Time
     Overcoming Procrastination
     Respecting Others' Time
Chapter Review
3. How You Learn
Being an Engaged Learner
     Benefits of Collaborative Learning Teams
     Using Learning Teams in Mathematics and Science
Learning How You Learn Best: The VARK Learning Styles Inventory
     The VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) Learning Styles Inventory
     Scoring the VARK
     Using VARK Results to Study More Effectively
Understanding Emotional Intelligence
     What is Emotional Intelligence?
     How Emotions Affect Success
     How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence
Chapter Review
4. Thinking Critically
Becoming A Critical Thinker
     Ask Questions
     Consider Multiple Points of View
     Draw Conclusions
Being Aware of Logical Fallacies
Thinking Critically About Arguments
     Challenge Assumptions
     Examine the Evidence
Critically Evaluating Sources
     A Note on Internet Sources
Chapter Review
5. Listening & Taking Notes
     Note-Taking Systems
     Note-Taking Techniques
Preparing for and Participating in Class
     Prepare to Remember
     Listen Critically
     Speak Up
Taking Notes in Nonlecture and Quantitative Courses
     Nonlecture Courses
     Quantitative Courses
Reviewing Your Notes
     Comparing Notes
     Class Notes and Homework
Chapter Review
6.  Reading for Success
Preparing to Read_and Getting Started
     Preview Before You Read
     Mapping or Outlining a Chapter
     Marking Your Textbook
Reading to Question, Interpret, and Understand
     Learn to Concentrate
     Understand the Purpose of the Text
     Monitor Your Comprehension
     Review and Preview the Key Ideas
     Review Daily
Reading Textbooks for Different Types of Courses
     Reading Math Textbooks
     Reading Science Textbooks
     Reading Social Science and Humanities Textbooks
     Reading Primary Source Material
Improving Your Reading
     Developing Your Vocabulary
     If English is Not Your First Language
Chapter Review
7. Communicating Clearly
Understanding the Basics of Writing

     The Exploratory/Explanatory Process
     The Power of Writing
     Finding a Topic
Taking the Steps to Better Writing: Prewriting, Writing, and Reviewing
     Prewriting: The Idea Stage
     Writing: The Beginning of Organization
     Rewriting: The Polishing Stage
     Allocating Time for Each Writing Stage
Choosing the Best Way to Communicate in Writing
     Formal versus Informal Writing
     Writing Online
Becoming a Better Public Speaker
     Using Body Language and Your Voice
Chapter Review
8. Taking Exams and Tests
Preparing for Tests

     Prepare Ahead: Three Basic Steps
     Prepare Physically
     Prepare Emotionally
     Prepare for Test Taking
     Prepare for Math and Science Exams
Strategies for Understanding, Remembering, and Studying
     Specific Aids to Memory
     Review Sheets, Mind Maps, and Other Tools
Taking Tests and Exams
     Essay Questions
     Multiple-Choice Questions
     Fill-in-the-Blank Questions
     True/False Questions
     Matching Questions
Academic Honesty and Misconduct
     Consequences of Cheating and Plagiarism
     Reducing the Likelihood of Academic Dishonesty
Chapter Review
9. Technology in College
Some Basics of College Technology

     Registering for Courses Online
     Managing User Names and Passwords
Learning Management Systems
     LMS Use in Different Types of Courses
     Tips for Using an LMS
Information Literacy
     Learning to be Information Literate
     Employing Information Literacy Skills
Electronic Research
Chapter Review

10. Managing Money
Living on a Budget

     Creating a Budget
     Cutting Costs
Getting Financial Aid
     Types of Aid
     Qualifying for Aid
     How to Avoid Losing Your Funding
Achieving a Balance between Working and Borrowing
     Advantages and Disadvantages of Working
     Student Loans
     Plan for the Future
Managing Credit Wisely
     Understanding Credit
     Frequently Asked Questions about Credit Cards
     Debit Cards
Chapter Review
11. Appreciating Diversity
Understanding and Experiencing Diversity

     Understanding Diversity and the Source of Our Beliefs
     Challenge Yourself to Experience Diversity
Forms of Diversity
     Ethnicity, Culture, Race and Religion
     Learning and Physical Disabilities
     Sexual Orientation
Seeking Diversity on Campus
     The Curriculum
     Student-Run Organizations
     Fraternities and Sororities
     Career/Major Groups
     Political/Activist Organizations
     Special-Interest Groups
Discrimination, Prejudice, and Insensitivity on Campuses
     Raising Awareness
     What You Can Do to Fight Hate on Campus
Chapter Review
12. Majors & Careers
Careers and the New Economy

     Essential Qualities and Skills for the New Economy
Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career
     Connecting Your Major and Your Interests with Your Career
     Career Choice as a Process of Discovery
Exploring Your Interests
     The Holland Model: Personality Characteristics
     Factors That Affect Career Choice
Working While in College
     On-Campus Jobs
     Off-Campus Jobs
     Co-op Programs
Chapter Review
13. Staying Healthy
Managing Stress

     Diet and Exercise
     Relaxation Techniques
     Getting Help for Stress
Nutrition and Weight Management
     Healthy Eating
     Eating Disorders
Sexual Health
     Negotiating for Safer Sex
     Birth Control
     Avoiding Sexually Transmitted Infections
     Protecting against Sexual Assault
Substance Abuse
     Making Decisions About Alcohol
     Heavy Drinking: The Danger Zone
     Tobacco-The Other Legal Drug
     Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
     Illegal Drugs
Chapter Review

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