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Written by the leading authorities on the first-year seminar, Your College Experience offers students practical help in making the transition to college and getting the most out of their time there.   Because new students have to juggle challenges as diverse as getting along with roommates, keeping up with a heavier study load, conducting research, and planning for a career, Your College Experience covers a full range of survival, study, academic, and work skills.  Speaking with evident respect for students at all kinds of institutions, with all kinds of learning styles, and with all kinds of backgrounds, the authors ask them to consider their own goals, their purposes for being in college.   Your College Experience then gives students what they need to take control:  concrete information, active learning opportunities, critical thinking strategies for making good decisions, and the nuts-and-bolts tools for making these decisions into reality.    Added material in the eighth edition addresses new and growing issues in students’ worlds, including avoiding academic dishonesty, creating a portfolio, using technology effectively, achieving information literacy, and managing online relationships.  Additionally, a series of interviews with real students shows how others are handling the challenges of the college experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534593827
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Freshman Year Experience Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to this writing partnership for American higher education's authoritative text for first-year seminar courses. He is the recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence. He has 25 years of experience directing and teaching in the most respected and widely emulated first-year seminar in the U.S., the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina. Gardner is universally recognized as one of the country's leading higher 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 two very influential higher education centers which support campuses in their efforts to improve the learning and retention of beginning college students: the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina (www.sc.edu/fye), and the Policy Center on the First Year of College in Brevard, N.C. (www.fyfoundations.org). The experiential basis for all of his work is his own miserable first year of college on academic probation, an experience he hopes to prevent for many of this book's readers. 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 theirgoals. 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 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

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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