Your College Experience: Strategies for Success Concise Edition / Edition 8

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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 continues a 20-year tradition of straightforward, realistic, and intelligent coverage of the skills students need to succeed in college. This less expensive, more streamlined concise edition contains the chapters and topics instructors across the country identified as being most relevant to all kinds of students at all kinds of schools. Gardner, Jewler, and Barefoot address the goals of today’s seminar courses: helping students develop a clear sense of purpose in college, assisting them in making the right choice of academic major, and engaging them in learning — especially through the use of technology — in a manner that is both inviting and informative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312683023
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (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 and of the Policy Center on the First Year of College in Brevard, North Carolina.

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 in Brevard, North Carolina, where she led a major national research project to identify "institutions of excellence" in the first college year.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting the Stage for College Success

Chapter 1 Exploring Your Purpose for Attending College

The College Experience

Why College Is Important to Our Society

Why College Is Important For You

Outcomes of College

How College Graduates Are Different

How College Differs from High School

Challenges and Opportunities for Adult and Returning Students

First-Year Motivation and Commitment

What’s Your Purpose in College?

Chapter 2 Managing Your Time and Money

Taking Control of Your Time

Setting Priorities to Achieve Your Goals

Staying Focused

Overcoming Procrastination

Maintaining a To-Do List

Making Sure Your Schedule Works for You

Organizing Your Day

Managing Your Money

Developing a Budget

Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and College

Chapter 3 Discovering How You Learn: A Primer for Lifelong Learning

Learning about Learning Styles

Multiple Intelligences

The VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) Learning Styles Inventory

The VARK Questionnaire

When Learning Styles and Teaching Styles Are in Conflict

Learning with a Learning Disability

Chapter 4 Majors And Careers: Making The Right Choice

Careers and the New Economy

Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career

Your Career Planning Timetable

Starting Your Search for a Major and a Career

Skills Employers Look For

Finding a Job While in College

Steps to Obtaining a Job and Beginning a Career

Getting Off to a Good Start in the Workplace

Part 2: Achieving Academic Success

Chapter 5 Engagement with Learning

Benefits of Engagement

The One-Minute Paper and Other Tips for Engagement

Maximizing Team Learning

The Many Uses of Learning Teams

Using Learning Teams to Study Effectively in Math and Science

Working with Your College Instructors

If Things Go Wrong between a Professor and You

Finding a Mentor

Chapter 6 Thinking Critically

College Helps You Develop Critical-Thinking Skills

Walking through the Process

Critical Thinking and a Liberal Education

Four Aspects of Critical Thinking

How College Encourages Critical Thinking

Critically Evaluating Information on the Internet

Chapter 7 Listening, Note-Taking, and Participating

Understanding Lecture Material

Participating in Class

Chapter 8 Reading and Remembering

A Simple Plan for Textbook Reading

Adjusting Your Reading Style

Developing Your Vocabulary

If English Is Not Your First Language

Memory and Learning

Chapter 9 Doing Your Best on Exams and Tests

Studying for Tests

Academic Honesty

Part 3: Achieving Lifelong Success

Chapter 10 Developing Values

Defining Values

Challenges to Personal Values in College

Changing Society, Changing Values

Service Learning and Values

Values and You

Chapter 11 Diversity: Appreciating Differences Among Us

The Importance of Understanding Diversity

Multiculturalism in Higher Education

Diversity Enriches Us All

Chapter 12 Staying Healthy in College and in Life

Managing Stress

Nutrition and Weight Management

Sexual Health

Making Decisions about Alcohol

Tobacco—The Other Legal Drug

Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Illegal Drugs

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