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Authored by three of the nation's leading experts on the first-year experience, this Concise version of Your College Experience presents a straightforward, realistic, and intelligent review of the skills students need to succeed in college. This less expensive, streamlined Concise edition offers an expanded academic focus through added coverage of writing, speaking, the library, research, and information literacy. Particularly relevant to today's students, a new Money chapter discusses managing money, building credit, and financing college. A new chapter on Emotional Intelligence explains what emotional intelligence is, why everyone should understand it, and why it matters in college. A fresh, clean new design eliminates clutter so that students can focus on the important topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312637989
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/8/2010
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience 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.

Jerome Jewler is a best-selling author, educator, and friend to students. A distinguished professor emeritus of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies as well as codirector of the University 101 first-year seminar at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, Jewler has guided advertising students through the creative and writing processes and has helped hundreds of new students determine their goals. As University 101 codirector, he planned and conducted training workshops for first-year seminar instructors, won a Mortar Board award for teaching excellence, and was recognized as USC advisor of the year and nationally as the Distinguished Advertising Educator nationally in 2000.

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

Letter to Students
Icon Key
1. Exploring Your Purpose for Attending College
The College Experience
     Why College Is Important to Our Society
     Why College Is Important for You
     Wired Window
Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career
     Connecting Your Major and Your Interests with Your Career
     Key Competencies
Other Outcomes of College
Making the Transition
     Challenges and Opportunities for Adult and  Returning Students
     First-Year Motivation and Commitment
What is Your Purpose in College?
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

2. Managing Your Time
Taking Control of Your Time
     Overcoming Procrastination
     Setting Priorities
     Staying Focused
Getting Organized
     Use a Planner
     Chart a Weekly Timetable
     Maintain a To-Do List
Making Sure Your Schedule Works for You
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     Create a Workable Class Schedule
     Don't Overextend Yourself
     Reduce Distractions 33
Respecting Others' Time
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

3. Understanding Emotional Intelligence
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
Assessing Your Emotional Intelligence
Identifying Competencies
     Intrapersonal Skills
     Interpersonal Skills
     Stress Management
     General Mood and Effective Performance
How Emotions Affect Success
Wired Window
How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

4. Discovering How You Learn
The VARK Learning Styles Inventory
     Scoring the VARK
     Using VARK Results to Study More Effectively
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Wired Window
     Extraversion (E) versus Introversion (I): The Inner or Outer World
     Sensing (S) versus Intuition (N): Facts or Ideas
     Thinking (T) versus Feeling (F): Logic or Values
     Judging (J) versus Perceiving (P): Organization or Adaptability
How to Use Your Strongest-and Weakest-Preferences
Multiple Intelligences
When Learning Styles and Teaching Styles Conflict
Learning with a Disability
     Attention Disorders
     Cognitive Learning Disabilities
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

5. Thinking Critically: The Basis of a College
What Is Critical Thinking and Why Is It Important?
Becoming a Critical Thinker
     Ask Questions
     Consider Multiple Points of View
     Draw Conclusions
How Collaboration Fosters Critical Thinking
Thinking Critically about Arguments
Challenge Assumptions
Wired Window
     Examine the Evidence
     Beware of Logical Fallacies
     Critical Thinking in College and Everyday Life
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

6. Being Engaged in Learning: Listening, Taking Notes, and Participating in Class
Using Your Senses in the Learning Process
Preparing for Class
Participating in Class
     Listening Critically and with an Open Mind
     Speaking Up
Taking Effective Notes
     Note-Taking Formats
          Cornell Format
          Outline Format
          Paragraph Format
          List Format
     Note-Taking Techniques
     Taking Notes in Nonlecture Courses
     Taking Notes in Science and Mathematics Courses
     Using Technology to Take Notes
Reviewing Your Notes
Wired Window
     Comparing Notes
     Class Notes and Homework
Becoming Engaged in Learning
Where to Go for Help
Chapter Review

7. Reading to Learn: Learning to Remember 
A Plan for Active Reading
          Alternatives to Mapping
     Marking Your Textbook
     Reading with Concentration
Strategies for Reading Textbooks
     Supplementary Material
Monitoring Your Reading
     If English Is Not Your First Language
Wired Window
Studying to Understand and Remember
How Memory Works
     Connecting Memory to Deep Learning
Improving Your Memory
     Using Review Sheets, Mind Maps, and Other Tools
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

8. Improving Your Performance on Exams and Tests 145
Getting Prepared for Tests and Exams
     Prepare Physically
     Prepare Emotionally
Taking Tests and Exams
     Essay Questions
     Multiple-Choice Questions
     Fill-in-the-Blank Questions
     True/False Questions
     Matching Questions
Types of Tests
     Problem-Solving Tests
     Machine-Scored Tests
     Computerized Tests
     Laboratory Tests 
     Open-Book and Open-Note Tests
Wired Window
     Take-Home Tests
Overcoming Test Anxiety
     Types of Test Anxiety
     Symptoms of Test Anxiety 
     Strategies for Combating Test Anxiety
     Getting the Test Back
Academic Honesty and Misconduct
     Consequences of Cheating and Plagiarism
     Reducing the Likelihood of Academic Dishonesty
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

9. Writing and Speaking Effectively
Using Freewriting to Discover What You Want to Say
     Narrowing Your Topic
     Exploratory Writing
The Writing Process
     Prewriting: The Idea Stage
     Writing: The Beginning of Organization
     Rewriting: The Polishing Stage
     Allocating Time
Wired Window
Choosing the Best Way to Communicate with Your Audience
Preparing a Speech
     Step 1. Clarify Your Objective
     Step 2. Analyze Your Audience
     Step 3. Collect and Organize Your Information
     Step 4. Choose Your Visual Aids
     Step 5. Prepare Your Notes
     Step 6. Practice Your Delivery
Using Your Voice and Body Language
The GUIDE Checklist
     G: Get Your Audience's Attention
     U: You (U)-Don't Forget Yourself
     I: Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!
     D: Develop an Organizational Structure
     E: Exit Gracefully and Memorably
Speaking on the Spot
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

10. Developing Library, Research, and Information Literacy Skills
Information Literacy
     Learning to Be Information Literate
     What's Research-and What's Not?
     Employing Information Literacy Skills
Choosing, Narrowing, and Researching a Topic
Using the Library
     Taking Advantage of Everything Your Library Has to Offer
     Asking a Librarian
Electronic Resources
     Library Catalogs
     Periodical Databases
     The World Wide Web
     Guidelines for Effective Searches
Evaluating Sources
     A Note on Internet Sources
Making Use of What You Find
     Synthesizing Information and Ideas
     Citing Your Sources
     About Plagiarism
Wired Window
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

11. Appreciating Diversity
Understanding Diversity and the Source of Our Beliefs
Forms of Diversity
     Ethnicity, Culture, Race, and Religion
     Learning and Physical Abilities
     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 College Campuses
     Raising Awareness
     What You Can Do to Fight Hate on Campus
Wired Window
Challenge Yourself to Experience Diversity
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned

12. Managing Your Money
Living on a Budget
     Creating a Budget
     Cutting Costs
Wired Window
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
Managing Credit Wisely
     Understanding Credit
     Frequently Asked Questions about Credit Cards
     Debit Cards
Planning for the Future
Where to Go for Help
Applying What You've Learned


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