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Finally, a book that knows what community college students need!


The Community College Experience: PLUS is the only book on the market truly written for community college students.  This book will help students navigate into this environment and achieve success in school and in life by addressing central topics and concerns.  The text encourages critical thinking throughout the chapters with embedded chapter exercises, case scenarios, research ideas, PLUS more! 

Other features include:


  • PLUS Model shows how to integrate personality styles with learning styles for greater success
  • Community college student profile
  • From College to University and From College to Career features
  • Chapter exercises that require higher-order thinking
  • Research It Further Ideas that allow students to think about topics beyond the chapter’s focus
  • VARK Learning Styles Application providing tips for applying the chapter’s material to four different learning style preferences

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132215602
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Baldwin, M.A., is a Distance Education Coordinator at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  She has taught on-campus and online composition and literature classes and has presented on the topics of plagiarism, distance education, and college publications at regional and state conferences.  Her first textbook, The Community College Experience, was published by Prentice Hall in July 2004.

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Table of Contents


 1. Understanding Your College.

 2. Getting to Know You.

 3. Managing Time and Stress.


 4. Using Technology.

 5. Diversity and Relationships.

 6. Listening and Taking Notes Effectively.

 7. Reading Skills.

 8. Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies.

 9. Writing and Speaking Effectively.

10. Thinking Creatively, Analytically, and Critically.


11. Research Writing and Information Literacy.


12. Cultivating Healthy Habits.

13. Taking the Next Steps.



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Why Community College Students?

The Community College Experience was written to meet the unique needs of community college students. Often, college survival courses and textbooks are geared toward traditional students who have just graduated from high school and are living on campus. These traditional students usually have different challenges than community college students have. Therefore, students who have been away from school for several years or who need assistance in succeeding in college are the target audience for this book. It is they who need not only information about college culture but also guidance and assurance that they can complete a degree.

It is the combined need for basic information and encouragement that drives this book. Each chapter covers a topic that is essential to college survival, but it does so with the community college student in mind. For example, Chapter 1 is devoted to setting goals and priorities, which are essential to the success of students who already have full lives. There is also a discussion about the meaning of grades--they are not a measure of self worth or potential.

The purpose of this book is to help people who are new to the college experience and who have many experiential and educational "gaps" to fill. These same people also need reassurance and encouragement that they can achieve their goals of a degree, a rewarding career, and a fulfilling life.

Special Features

This book offers several special features to challenge and aid student readers:

  • Community college student profile--Each chapter begins with a profile of a community college student. Questions and answerspertaining to the chapter topic follow. Students have a chance to see others who are just like themselves, learning to cope with the pressures of being in college and succeeding.
  • Clear, honest, and practical information--Each chapter covers a specific college survival topic with honesty and clarity and provides practical advice. Students of all levels and knowledge base can benefit from the information presented.
  • Understanding grades--Chapter 2 offers a discussion of what grades mean--and what they don't--as well as information about calculating course grades and grade point averages.
  • Integrity Matters boxes--Most chapters include a text box that highlights both academic and personal integrity. Students who read this book will understand how integrity is essential to their education as well as their other life experiences.
  • Exercises--Each chapter includes practice, reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration exercises that will help students to think about the information in the text. For the Critical Thinking questions, students may write answers in a personal journal or in the corresponding module on the Companion Website. With the Practice and Reflection features, space is provided in the text for Notes, and students may elaborate on thoughts either in journals or on the Companion Website (
  • "From College to University" and "From College to Career"--These two sections, found near the end of each chapter, apply the chapter's topic to the world beyond the community college. Students will be able to see how these essential keys to college success are building blocks for life fulfillment.
  • Research It Further . . . Ideas--Each chapter ends with research ideas for students to explore and then share their findings with the class. These projects are engaging and will provide students with much practical information.
  • Taking online classes--Appendix B provides information about taking classes online, a growing trend at community colleges. By learning more about these classes, community college students can make informed decisions about whether such classes will meet their needs.
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