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Overview

This dynamic book has already helped thousands of students make success the hallmark of their college careers. And now the Second Concise Edition of Your College Experience: Strategies for Success offers even more information, including an in-depth discussion of critical thinking, values, and writing and speaking, to help your students make the most of their college years. A concise version of Gardner and Jewler's classic Your College Experience, this edition continues to cover all the elements that can help create positive college experienceseverything from advisors, to study habits, to reasonable expectations. A framework for critical thinking - a crucial skill for today's students - is presented in Chapter One and critical thinking exercises are included in the majority of chapters. Drawing on Gardner and Jewler's extensive experience in the field, the book engages students and developing both academic and personal strengths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312687748
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (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 (www.jngi.org), 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

Preface
Ch. 1 Keys to Success 1
Ch. 2 Exploring the Student-Teacher Connection 18
Ch. 3 Your College and American Higher Education 28
Ch. 4 The Liberal Arts: Foundation for Lifelong Learning 41
Ch. 5 Surviving College 52
Ch. 6 College Success for Students of Color 59
Ch. 7 Time Management: The Foundation of Academic Success 70
Ch. 8 Learning Styles 84
Ch. 9 Listening and Learning in the Classroom 96
Ch. 10 A Sound Approach to Textbooks 107
Ch. 11 Making the Grade 116
Ch. 12 Thriving in the Information Environment: Your Campus Library 136
Ch. 13 Writing and Speaking for Success 153
Ch. 14 Problem-Solving in Math and the Sciences 173
Ch. 15 Computing for College Success: Technology on Campus 188
Ch. 16 Finding Answers: Your College Catalog and Academic Advisor 204
Ch. 17 Choosing a Major and Planning a Career 214
Ch. 18 A Personal System of Values 223
Ch. 19 Relationships and Campus Involvement 231
Ch. 20 Being Assertive - Not Passive or Aggressive 251
Ch. 21 Diversity on Campus 260
Ch. 22 Leadership Across the Campus 273
Ch. 23 Women: The Majority of First-Year Students 283
Ch. 24 Wellness: More Than Just Okay 292
Ch. 25 Managing Stress 307
Ch. 26 Sexual Decisions 317
Ch. 27 Alcohol, Other Drugs, and You 334
Ch. 28 Managing Money 346
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