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Community College Experience, The: PLUS Edition

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ISBN13:

9780132215602

ISBN10:
0132215608
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div

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Summary

The only book on the market written with the first-time community college student in mind, "The Community College Experience" provides basic information as well as encouragement for the non-traditional student--it shows that going to college and balancing work and family can be accomplished. It covers a range of topics, examining the reasons for attending college, how to study effectively, and life after community college. Each chapter explores a major " college survival" topic in depth and provides a wealth of information for anyone who has stepped onto campus for the first time. An excellent source of information for anyone considering the important step of attending community college, for career enhancement or as preparation for attending a 4-year university.

Table of Contents

Preface xiv
Introduction xvii
PART I Getting Started
Understanding Your College
2(30)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
3(1)
What Is College Culture?
4(1)
Higher Education and the Role of the Community College
5(1)
What Does Your Community College Value?
5(1)
Making the Transition: What Is Expected
6(6)
Attendance
Attitude
Effort
Honesty
Instructors' Expectations
Location
Maturity
Responsibility
The Right Stuff
12(1)
College Culture Shock
13(1)
Types of Learning Experiences
14(1)
Grades
15(3)
How College Professors Grade
Grading Scales
Calculating Your Grade Point Average
What Does Your College Look Like?
18(4)
The Campus
The People on Your Campus
When a Problem Arises
22(1)
College Communications
22(5)
College Catalog
Student Handbook
Campus Safety Brochure
College Newspaper
Literary Magazine
Bulletin Boards
Classroom Materials
College Website
Learning Styles Application
27(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
28(1)
From College to University: The changes in culture and college services
29(1)
From College to Career: How the culture will change again
29(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
30(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
30(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
30(1)
References
31(1)
Who Are You?
32(30)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
33(1)
Who Are You?
34(1)
Where Have You Been?
35(1)
What Do You Value?
35(2)
What Are Your Priorities?
37(1)
What Motivates You?
38(1)
What Is Your Mission Statement?
39(2)
What Are Your Goals?
41(5)
Writing Down Your Goals
Being Realistic About Goals
Reaching Your Goals and Considering New Ones
Eliminating Negative Influences
Staying Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Personality Types and Learning Styles
46(1)
Left-Brain/Right-Brain
47(2)
Left-Brain/Right-Brain Learning Style Inventory
VARK
49(4)
VARK Learning Styles Inventory
Multiple Intelligences
53(1)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
54(1)
What Else Do You Want to Know?
55(2)
Learning Styles Application
57(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
58(1)
From College to University: What you know and how you learn will change
59(1)
From College to Career: Goals and a mission will help you succeed
59(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
60(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
60(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
61(1)
References
61(1)
Managing Your Time and Stress
62(30)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
63(1)
The Next Step
64(1)
Managing Your Time
64(1)
Analyzing Your Time
64(2)
Multitasking
66(1)
Getting Creative
66(1)
Managing Your Priorities
67(2)
Managing Your Goals
69(1)
Managing Your Energy
69(3)
Identifying Time and Energy Zappers
72(2)
Getting Organized
74(3)
Personal Space and Supplies
Using a Calendar
Keeping It Clean
Running Low on Time and Energy
77(1)
Procrastination
77(1)
Managing Stress
78(9)
Stress Patterns
Minimizing Stress in College
Minimizing Stress at Home
Minimizing Stress at Work
Reducing the Negative Effects of Stress
Staying Flexible
Knowing When to Get Help with Stress
Learning Styles Application
87(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
88(1)
From College to University: How your stress will change and how to handle the new pressures
89(1)
From College to Career: Decreasing stress and improving time management on the job
89(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
90(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
90(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
91(1)
References
91(1)
PART II In the Classroom
Navigating Technology
92(28)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
93(1)
Technology in College
94(1)
Basic Computer Terms
94(1)
Computer Software
94(2)
Keeping Your Computer Healthy
96(1)
Computer Skills Needed for College
97(1)
Using the Internet
98(2)
Evaluating Websites
Study Guide and Papermill Websites
Electronic Library Resources
College Computing Policies
100(1)
Communicating with Technology
101(5)
E-mail
Discussion Boards
Chat Rooms
Weblogs
Electronic Communication and Privacy
Online Learning Systems
106(9)
Online Classes
Making the Decision
Special Considerations
Navigating the Course
Communicating with Instructors
Communicating with Classmates
Maintaining Integrity
What If Online Courses Are Not Right for You?
A Final Note About Online Courses
Learning Styles Application
115(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
116(1)
From College to University: Strong technology skills will spell success for you
117(1)
From College to Career: Online communication is essential to paving your professional path
117(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
118(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
118(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
119(1)
Diversity and Relationships
120(28)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
121(1)
Knowing Yourself Before You Relate to Others
122(1)
Exploring Diversity
122(3)
Stereotypes
Prejudice
Discrimination
Understanding Diversity: Eliminating Stereotypes and Prejudice
125(1)
Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity
126(2)
Sexist Attitudes
Homophobia
Sexual Harassment
Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity
128(1)
Racist Attitudes
Generational Diversity
129(2)
Ageist Attitudes
Personality Types and Learning Styles Diversity
131(1)
Teaching Styles Diversity
132(1)
College Relationships
133(3)
Classmates
Professors
Advisors, Counselors, and Administrators
Creating Boundaries
136(1)
Handling Constructive Criticism
136(1)
Handling Conflict
137(2)
Dealing with Difficult People
139(1)
Integrity in Relationships
140(1)
An Attitude of Gratitude
141(1)
Tips for Lasting Relationships
141(1)
Changes in Your Relationships with Family and Friends
142(1)
Learning Styles Application
143(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
144(1)
From College to University: The relationships you foster now will open doors after transfer
145(1)
From College to Career: Making the most of diversity is key to success on the job
145(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
146(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
146(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
147(1)
References
147(1)
Listening and Taking Notes Effectively
148(24)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
149(1)
The Listening and Note-Taking Connection
150(1)
Preparing to Listen
150(1)
Listening Critically
151(3)
Potential Listening Barriers
Remembering What You Heard
How Information Is Presented
154(1)
Note-Taking Strategies
155(4)
Develop a Shorthand
Outlining
Taking Notes in the Textbook
Cornell System
Note-Taking Strategies in the Disciplines
159(1)
Note-Taking Strategies with VARK
160(2)
Visual Learners
Aural Learners
Read/Write Learners
Kinesthetic Learners
Finding Your Own Note-Taking Style
162(1)
A Note on Note Takers
162(2)
Reviewing Your Notes
164(1)
Tips for Successful Note Taking
165(2)
Learning Styles Application
167(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
168(1)
From College to University: Improving your listening and note-taking skills when there are more distractions
169(1)
From College to Career: Practicing critical listening skills gives you an edge at work
169(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
170(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
170(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
170(2)
Reading Skills
172(24)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
173(1)
College Reading Expectations
174(1)
What to Do with a Reading Assignment
175(1)
Active Reading
176(7)
Skimming and Scanning
Breaking the Material Down
Building Your Vocabulary
Taking Notes While You Read
Checking Your Comprehension
Reading in the Disciplines
183(1)
Improving Your Reading Attention Span
184(1)
Thinking Critically When Reading
184(1)
The OK5R Reading Strategy
185(1)
Putting the Pleasure Back into Reading
186(1)
Reading Difficulties
187(2)
Reading Log
189(2)
Learning Styles Application
191(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
192(1)
From College to University: How the reading load and expectations will change
193(1)
From College to Career: How reading skills help you succeed
193(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
194(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
194(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
194(1)
References
195(1)
Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies
196(30)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
197(1)
How Much Time Should You Spend Studying?
198(1)
When and Where Should You Study?
198(2)
How to Study Effectively
200(2)
Setting Study Goals
Creating a Study Log
Understanding Course Objectives
Using Time Wisely
VARK Study Strategies
202(1)
Study Tips, Tricks, and Skills
202(8)
Mnemonic Devices
Visualization Strategies
``Cheat'' Sheets and Index Cards
Previous Exams and Practice Tests
Having a Good Time
Studying in Groups
Studying Alone
Test Question Types
210(6)
Multiple-Choice Questions
Matching Questions
True/False Questions
Fill-in-the-Blank/Short-Answer Questions
Problem-Solving Questions
Essay Questions
Test Types
216(1)
Math and Science Tests
Fine Arts and Literature Tests
Open-Book and Take-Home Tests
Online Tests
General Test-Taking Strategies
217(2)
Preparing for the Exam
Taking the Exam
Maintaining Integrity
219(1)
Beating Test Anxiety
220(1)
Learning Styles Application
221(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
222(1)
From College to University: How studying and testing may differ after transfer
223(1)
From College to Career: Preparation counts
223(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
224(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
224(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
225(1)
Writing and Speaking Effectively
226(32)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
227(1)
Writing in College
228(10)
Top Eight Writing Skills for College
Different Types of Writing Assignments
Audience, Purpose, and Length
Prewriting Techniques
Organizing Details
Writing Paragraphs
Transitions
Essays
238(1)
Portfolios
239(1)
Avoiding Plagiarism
240(1)
How College Professors Evaluate Student Writing
240(1)
Knowing When to Get Help
240(2)
When You Have Received Too Much Help
242(1)
Speaking in College
242(7)
Planning
Preparation
Delivery
Assessment
Tips for Effective Speaking
249(1)
Dealing with Anxiety
250(1)
Troubleshooting
250(3)
Learning Styles Application
253(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
254(1)
From College to University: How writing assignments and expectations may change
255(1)
From College to Career: Why strong speaking skills set you apart at work
255(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
256(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
256(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
257(1)
Thinking Creatively, Analytically, and Critically
258(18)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
259(1)
Think About It
260(1)
Bloom's Taxonomy
260(1)
Creative Thinking
261(2)
Keeping Your Mind Limber
Analytical Thinking
263(1)
Critical Thinking
264(7)
Common Logical Fallacies
Connection Between Thinking and Problem Solving
Putting Critical Thinking into Practice
Answers to Creative Thinking Puzzles
Learning Styles Application
271(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
272(1)
From College to University: Higher-level thinking is the norm in upper-level classes
273(1)
From College to Career: How critical thinking is used at work
273(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
274(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
274(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
275(1)
References
275(1)
Information Literacy and Research Writing
276(22)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
277(1)
Living in the Information Age
278(1)
Information Literacy
278(1)
Locating Resources
278(5)
Browsing Versus Searching
Catalogs
Books
Databases
Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers
Reference Materials
Other Services
Evaluating Web Sources
283(2)
Authority
Accuracy
Objectivity
Timeliness
Research Writing
285(7)
Understanding the Assignment
Developing a Thesis
Taking Notes
Organizing Your Paper
Using Sources Appropriately
Drafting, Revising, and Editing
Style Manuals
Other Research Assignments
292(1)
Final Words on Research Writing
292(1)
Learning Styles Application
293(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
294(1)
From College to University: How information literacy will be used in future classes
295(1)
From College to Career: The new workforce demands strong research skills
295(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
296(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
296(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
296(1)
References
297(1)
PART III Beyond the Classroom
Staying Healthy
298(20)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
299(1)
What's Good for You
300(1)
Healthy Eating
300(2)
Exercise
302(1)
Sleep Deprivation
303(2)
Stress-Related Illnesses
305(1)
Drugs and Alcohol
306(1)
Depression
307(1)
Suicide
307(1)
Sexual Health Issues
308(1)
Healthy Relationships
308(2)
Communication Challenges
310(1)
Living a Balanced Life
310(1)
Getting Help
311(2)
Learning Styles Application
313(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
314(1)
From College to University: Maintaining healthy habits helps you deal effectively with stress
315(1)
From College to Career: Making healthy lifestyle changes is a good long-term strategy
315(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
316(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
316(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
317(1)
References
317(1)
Taking the Next Steps
318(37)
In This Chapter / Student Profile
319(1)
Endings and Beginnings
320(2)
Student Evaluations
Preparing for Finals
Mapping a Plan for Your Educational Future
322(4)
Choosing Classes for Next Semester
Choosing Professors for Next Semester
Building Your Schedule
Number of Credit Hours
Number of Work Hours
Other Obligations
Stress Levels
Troubleshooting Your Schedule
Deadlines and Dates
Discovering Your Dream
326(1)
Paying for College
327(4)
Scholarships
Grants
Student Loans
Military and Veterans Financial Aid
Work-Study
Tuition Waivers for Employees
Creating a Budget
331(1)
Keeping Records
332(1)
What If College Isn't for You?
333(1)
Time to Move Forward
333(3)
Deciding to Transfer
Making the Leap to a Four-Year University
Asking for a Recommendation Letter
Going to Work
336(9)
Career Counseling
Resumes
Cover Letters
Career Fairs
Internships
Interviewing
Other Considerations
Considering the Community
345(1)
Giving Back
345(1)
A Walking Billboard
Mentoring Others
Giving Time and Talent
The End Is the Beginning
346(1)
Mission, Values, and Goals Revisited
347(1)
You Made It This Far
347(2)
Learning Styles Application
349(1)
Path of Discovery: Journal Entry
350(1)
From College to University: Preparing for higher costs
351(1)
From College to Career: The benefits of returning to work before continuing your education
351(1)
Chapter in Review: Questions
352(1)
Case Scenarios: Consider
352(1)
Research It Further: Ideas
353(1)
Reference
353(2)
Glossary 355(2)
Index 357


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