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Light on the Path A Christian Perspective on College Success

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LIGHT ON THE PATH offers you advice and encouragement designed to foster greater happiness and success. John Beck and Marmy Clason blend time-tested instruction with insights drawn from God's Word, allowing Christian students like you to grow spiritually as you become comfortable with your new learning environment. This first-year success textbook distinguishes itself from others by adding the Bible's beacon of light to the traditional direction and encouragement offered to first-year college students.

Table of Contents

Putting Light on the Path
Advantages of a College Education
Challenges for First-Year Students
Student Voice: Hannah Duncan
You Can Do It! There Is Help in This Book
There Is Help in God's Word
A Word of Encouragement
Plan to Succeed
Spiritual Health
Academic Habits
Physical Health
Effective Goal Setting
Write Intention Statements
Turn Your Intention Statements into Goal Statements
Develop an Action Plan
Implement the Action Plan and Then There Is Motivation
Turning the Light on Higher Education
The Purpose of Higher Education
World View and Higher Education
Christian Theism
Empiricism and Pragmatism
The Christian World View and Higher Education
Resolving the Tension
Planning Your Academic Program
The Catalog
Outline of Your Academic Program
Registering for Your Classes
Academic Policies
Student Voice: Emily Smith
Your Academic Advisor
Choosing an Advisor
Using Your Advisor
Making Time for Everything
A Habit that Can be Changed
My Perceptions
My Actual Time Use
Building a Better
Time Plan
The Semester Plan
The Weekly Plan
The Daily Plan
Distractions and Procrastination
Student Voice: Samuel Cocar
Defining My Style of Learning
Initial Impressions of My Learning Style
Verbal, Visual, and Kinesthetic Modes of Learning
Verbal Learners
Visual Learners
Kinesthetic Learners
Student Voice: Hilary Hurst Take the Vark! Learning Styles and Personality Type
Extravert/Introvert Scale
Sensing/Intuitive Scale
Thinking/Feeling Scale
Judging/Perceiving Scale
You and Your Instructors
Multiple Intelligences
Pursuing Careful Thought
Effective Thinking
Who Is the Smartest?
Know the Facts
Logically Organize the Facts
Creatively Think beyond the Facts
Critically Question the Facts
Effective Thinking Is a Symphony
Student Voice: Anne Rasschaert
Grow as an Effective Thinker
Engaging in the Classroom: Listening and Taking Notes
Why Take Notes?
be Attentive
Staying Connected
Student Voice: Maher Saab
Proceed with a System
Cornell Recall
Visual Maps
General Tips for Any Note-Taking System
Taking Notes during Science and Math Classes
End with Review
Reading to Remember
Did You Say 150 Pages a Week?! Not Every Kind of Reading Is the Same
Primary and Secondary Sources
Student Voice: Nyanna Potter
Picking the Right Time and Place to Read
Right Time
Competing Noise
Length of Time
Right Place
Reading with Children in the Room
Reading with Intention
Different Ways to Shop
Different Ways to Read
Recycle Your Reading
Design a Reading Record
Design a Recycling Plan
Scoring on Your Exams
Design an Exam Preparation Plan
Define the Scope of the Exam
Determine the Type of Exam
Establish a Preparation Schedule
Employ Effective Review Techniques
Design a Memorization Plan
Short-Term and Long-Term Memory
Memory Strategies
Design an Exam-Taking Strategy
The First Five Minutes
Strategies for Different Formats
Student Voice: Kevin Sheridan
Manage Your Anxiety
Keeping it Honest
Saying it Just Right: Writing and Speaking Successfully
Improve Your Writing Skills
Understanding the Assignment
Creating a Writing Schedule
Getting Ready to Write
Writing the First Draft
Student Voice: Jennifer Brantsen
Revising the First Draft
Improve Your Speaking Skills
Understand the Assignment
Basic Structure of a Speech
Research Tools You Can Use
Reference Materials
Popular Magazines and Newspapers
Scholarly Journals
Internet Sources
Reference Librarians
Making the Tough Decisions: the Role of Christian Values
Not All Decisions are the Same
Christians and Decision Making
A Decision-Making Process
Clarify the Circumstances and the Question You Need to Answer
Clarify the Options
Identify the Pros and Cons of Each Option
Decide and Proceed in Confidence
My Aesthetic, Moral, and Personal Values
Aesthetic Values
Moral Values
Personal Values
Rethinking My Personal Values
Student Voice: Eric Mallet
Micah 6:8
To Act Justly
To Love Mercy
To Walk Humbly with Your God
Financial Decision Making
God's Perspective
Developing a Financial Plan
Banks, Credit Cards, and Credit Reports
Seeking and Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Types of Relationships
New Friendships and Old Friendships
Student Voice: Alexis Glover
Romance in College
College and the Married Student
Living with Roommates
The Risk in Electronic Relationships
Faculty Connections
Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity
You and Diversity
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
The Qualities of Healthy Relationships
Conflict Is Natural and Inevitable
Managing Conflict in Relationships
God's Love Empowers Our Relationships
Maintaining the Temple: Physical and Mental Wellness
Physical Health Habits
Student Voice: Lauren Burge
Alcohol and Drug Use
Mental Health Habits
Responding to Personal Tragedy
Seeking Satisfaction in My Career
Finding a Career Takes Work
The World of Work in Your Future
General Predictions
Career Field Predictions
Discovering, Confirming, and Changing Your Choice
What Is My Work Personality?
What are My Work Values?
How Do I Personalize My Career Choice?
How Does My Christianity Affect My Career Choice?
Student Voice: Peter Beck
Living College Life to Get an Interview
Get Personal Experience
Gather Your Evidence and Support Team
Prepare Your R?sum?
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