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College Orientation,9780321842701

College Orientation

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9780321842701

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0321842707
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Pub. Date:
1/22/2013
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

Communicates college-level expectations during orientation, boot camp, and freshman seminars and sets the stage for higher student performance and greater faculty engagement. 

 

College Orientation targets freshmen entering four-year institutions and is designed for use from college orientation programs until graduation day and beyond. It provides a roadmap for campus staff and faculty offering orientation programs to facilitate behaviors that increase retention, improve four-year graduation rates, and ultimately, reduce student loan debt. Students receive the information they need to adapt to college life and stay on track towards a degree–all the while learning behaviors that promote achievement after graduation. This comprehensive reference tool is written from an insider’s point of view and has a distinct focus on promoting appropriate college conduct. It covers a multitude of topics that help students navigate the university system while learning how to adapt this information to their future workplace.

 

Author Biography

Karen Bendersky PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and teaches courses in developmental and cognitive

psychology as well as advanced research and senior specialty courses. She has also taught freshmen orientation and helped develop her department’s freshman orientation module. She received her university’s 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award and 2012 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Her research interest is in the area of mental representation.

 

Catherine M. Chastain-Elliott PhD is Associate Dean of general education programs and Professor of Art History at the University of Tampa. She received her doctorate in American Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and teaches general and honors courses in twentieth-century art history and the philosophy of art. Her office oversees the academic portions of the University of Tampa’s college orientation program, and the year-long freshman seminar sequence. She leads advising cohorts for general, transfer, and honors students. Chastain-Elliott is the recipient of two Smithsonian Institution research fellowships, and the 2009 University of Tampa Faculty Service Award.

 

Table of Contents

BRIEF T.O.C.

PREFACE

 

INTRODUCTION

SESSION 1: HOW ARE EXPECTATIONS DIFFERENT IN COLLEGE?

 

SESSION 2: WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW COLLEGE WORKS?


SESSION 3: WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME AS A COLLEGE STUDENT?


SESSION 4: CAN I REALLY EXPECT TO GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS?                                                         

 

SESSION 5: HOW AM I EXPECTED TO PERFORM IN COLLEGE?

 

SESSION 6: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM LIFE OUTSIDE OF CLASS?                                                               

   

SESSION 7: WHY AM I EXPECTED TO START PREPARING FOR MY FUTURE NOW?                 

 

CONCLUSION

 

GLOSSARY

 

INDEX

 

 

DETAILED T.O.C.

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

SESSION 1: HOW ARE EXPECTATIONS DIFFERENT IN COLLEGE?

 

Do I Really Get a Three-Day Weekend? Smart Use of Flexible Class Schedules and More Free Time

Did I Actually Miss Six Classes? Keeping Track of Yourself and Your Work

Can I Get Up and Leave? Practicing Professional Classroom Comportment

Is This Class Really This Easy? The Expectation That You Challenge Yourself

Was That A Tricky Question? Learning the Meaning of College Studying

What is True Studying?

What is the Secret to Reading Textbooks?

How are Memorization and Application Different?

How Much Studying Am I Expected to Do?

I Worked All Night on That Project; Why Didn’t I Get an “A”?  Understanding College Grading

Can Parents Negotiate or Affect a Grade?                                                                                

Can I Get Extra Credit?                                                                                                                 

Are Review Sessions Always Offered?                                                                                        

Isn’t There a Grade for Effort?                                                                                                   

Can I Challenge a Grade?                                                                                                          

How High Are Academic Integrity Expectations?

 

SESSION 2: WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW COLLEGE WORKS?

 

Who Can Help Me?   Finding the Appropriate Help
How Do I Get the Chairperson’s Signature?  Academic Departments and How They Can Help
Can I Really Talk to My Professors? Learning to Approach Faculty Members

What Do I Need to Know About Professors’ Titles?

What Kind of Degrees Do My Professors Have?

How Do I to Get to Know My Professors?

            Where is My Professor?

            Are Professors Intimidating?


SESSION 3: WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME AS A COLLEGE STUDENT?

Why Shouldn’t I Call Her Ms.? How to Address Instructors
What Do I Say to My Professor? Handling Meetings with Instructors
heyyy you! did i miss anything important
? Practicing Professional Communication Skills
Can I Leave My Bag in Your Office? Respecting Boundaries

What’s Wrong With Facebooking in Class? Good Use of Social Networking and Classroom Technology

Do I Really Have to Be On Time? Practicing Course and Classroom Etiquette

What is Appropriate Class Behavior?

Using the Syllabus as an Etiquette Guide

Keeping all Graded Assignments

Attending Class

Maturely Handling Absences

Staying Seated During Class

Minding Use of Cell Phones

Understanding That the Way You Dress Matters

Being Aware of Body Language

Identifying Special Considerations

Knowing How to Submit Your Best Work

Being a Good Member of a Team

What Do I Do About Awful Teachers, Boring Classes, & Picky Rules?

Do Student Course Evaluations Really Matter?

What if I Have Problems with a Class or Instructor?

Why Does My Roommate Get Up So Early? Getting Along With People Who Are Different From You

Did He Really Say That?! Practicing Civility


SESSION 4: CAN I REALLY EXPECT TO GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS?

What Do You Mean I’m Not Graduating!? Resources that Will Help You Stay on Track

How Do I Choose a Major?

What is the Role of an Academic Advisor?

How Do I Use The Undergraduate Catalog?                                                                                                                  

What Is on the College or University Website? 
What Department Resources are Available?                                                                         

What is the Registrar’s Office?                                                                                          

Is Tutoring Available?

How Can The Writing Center Help Me?

What is The Speech Center?                                                                                                  

What is the Language Lab?                                                                                                           

What Do I Need to Know About Computer Centers and Technology Support?                                                     

How Can the International Students and/or Study Abroad Office Help Me?

What is the Role of Student Disability Services?                                                                   

What Can The Career Center Do For Me?

What is The Bursar’s Office?                                                                                                  

What Can I Expect from The Financial Aid Office?                                                                                                       

Do I Really Have to Take an 8:00 AM Class?! Dealing with Registration Realities
            Will There Really Be Closed Classes?
            Will I Have to Take Classes on Fridays and Early Mornings?
            What Are Registration Holds
?

             What Are Prerequisites?                                                                                                       

What Do I Need to Know About Labs?                                                                                                                            

What’s Wrong with Dropping a Class? Aiming for On-Time Graduation                                      

Why Is It Important to Graduate In Four Years?

What Are Common Mistakes That Will Delay My Graduation?

 

SESSION 5: HOW AM I EXPECTED TO PERFORM IN COLLEGE?

 

Does My GPA Really Matter? The Importance of Grades

What is the Importance of My Grades in the Short-Term?

What is the Importance of My Grades in the Long-Term?

Why Am I Always Tired? The Importance of Time Management

Why Use a Calendar?

Why Use the Course Syllabus?

Why Use a Mid-Term Checkup?

What Are the Warning Signs That I Am Doing Too Much?

What Do I Need to Know About Working While in College?

Am I Making a Good Impression? Why You Should Care About The Halo Effect

It’s Not My Major, So What’s the Big Deal? Ethical Behavior and Academic Integrity

What is The Real Cost of Cheating?                                                                                                                          

What Happens If I Get Caught Cheating?                                                                                                                    

What Do I Need to Know About Plagiarism, Citing, and Turnitin.com?

 

SESSION 6: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM LIFE OUTSIDE OF CLASS?                                                               

 

Why Should I Get Involved? Taking Advantage of Campus Opportunities

How Do I Avoid the “Freshmen 15”? Staying Healthy on Campus

10 Darn Good Pieces of Advice

            How Do I Get Help for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Other Addictions?

My Tummy Hurts; Where Do I Go? Campus Resources for Health and Safety

            What Can The Health Center Do For Me?

            What Can I Expect from the Fitness Center?

            What is the Role of The Counseling Center?

            What is the Role of Campus Safety and Security?

I’m a College Student; Why Should I Care About Credit Scores? Personal Finance 101                       

What Are Credit Scores and Reports? 

How Can Having Good vs. So-So Credit Affect Me?

What Do I Do to Get a Good Credit Score?                                                                                                    

How Do I Keep My Spending in Check?                                                                                                                 

Do I Have to Clean the Toilet? Weighing Your Housing Options

What Are the Pros and Cons of On-Campus Living?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Off-Campus Living?

 

SESSION 7: WHY AM I EXPECTED TO START PREPARING FOR MY FUTURE NOW?                 

Am I Going to Get a Job? Planning Early for a Career

            How Do I Target a Career?

            How Do I Build My Résumé?

What Does a Student Résumé Look Like?

What is the Etiquette for Requesting a Job Reference?

How Do I Handle the Job Interview?

Am I Graduate School Material? Making an Advanced Degree a Reality

How Do I Build My Record for Graduate School?

What Does a Student Vita Look Like?

How Do I Cultivate and Request Letters of Recommendation?                                                                                     

What Does A Graduate School Recommendation Letter Look Like?
How Will I Pay for Graduate School?

CONCLUSION

 

GLOSSARY

 

INDEX

 



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