This is a book about personal choices--responsible choices that will help students get what they want from school and life.Throughout the text, students are asked, "What are you doing to get what you want?" Each chapter and every activity demonstrates how responsible decision-making and follow-through put potential and ambition into action. Potential isthe ability;ambition isthe desire;and initiative isthe doing.It demonstrates how organized action enhances academic success and helps create a healthy and balanced life. As one reviewer stated, "The text tells the reader WHAT they need to know and HOW they need to do it." Core changes to this edition include a pre- and post assessment, new financial management chapter, revised and enhance information literacy coverage, and test taking is expanded to two chapters (prep and performance).
Steve Piscitelli has three decades of teaching and professional development experience. He has taught students of varying abilities and grade levels, from middle school through the university level. He has been recognized for his effective teaching style with awards at the school, county, and international level. Steve is also a seasoned national workshop developer and presenter. He brings energy, humor, interaction, live original music, and practicality to his classes and workshops. He has presented in every region of the nation.
Steve, a tenured professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, has earned degrees from Jacksonville University, The University of North Florida, and The University of Florida. He is also the author of Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff?, Second Edition, published by Pearson Prentice Hall in 2009. Steve also wrote, produced, and recorded the CD Same Tune, Different Song. He weaves his songs into his classes and his programs.
Steve lives with his wife, Laurie, and canine companion, Buddy, in Atlantic Beach, Florida. You will find more information about Steve, his books, his music, and his programs You will find more information about Steve, his books, his music, and his programs at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Brief Table of Contents
Part 1: Choices for Priority Management
1. Transitions, Balance, and Organization
2. Organizing Time, Space, and Money
3. Motivation and Goal Setting
4. Critical Thinking and Learning Preferences
Part 2: Choices for Academic Success
5. Class-Time Listening and Note-Taking Skills
6. Out-of-Class Strategies for Notes Review and Textbook Reading
7. Test Preparation and Memory Skills
8. Test Performance
9. Information Literacy
Part 3: Choices for a Balanced Life
10. The Many Faces of Civility
11. Treating Yourself With Respect
12. Financial Literacy
13. Exploration of Majors and Careers