New Beginnings A Reference Guide for Adult Learners

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/29/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Adults who enter college have unique challenges and concerns.  New Beginningsis entirely devoted to helping adults develop skills to succeed in college from how to manage time and stress to how to develop strong writing and study skills.  Specifically addressing adults by building on skills they already use in their everyday work and lives, this friendly, accessible, and supportive guide shows readers what to expect and how to create success in college.  The 4thedition offers an expanded section on internet research and writing with a word processor. Eight chapters include information on test-taking, note-taking, classroom protocol, resources for help, strategies for reading and thinking critically; plus a basic grammar and math review.

Author Biography

Linda Simon is Professor of English at Skidmore College. She has taught adult learners in Harvard University’s Extension School. Her latest book is The Critical Reception of Henry James: Creating a Master; she also has written biographies of Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, and William James.

Table of Contents

(T.O.C. from 3e - Need 4e Update)
Becoming a Student
Looking Back and Moving Forward: Applying Life Experiences to Being a Student
Juggling Responsibilities
Evaluating Information
Working with Others
Researching a Problem
How Being a Student Affects Your Relationships with Others
Friends and Family Members
Classroom Protocol
Presenting Your Work
Written work
Oral Presentations
Collaborative projects
Learning On-Line
BOX:Classroom Dorsquo;s and Donrsquo;ts
Getting Your Work Done
Setting Goals
BOX:Communication and Goals
Additional Resources
Assessing Learning Needs and Course Requirements
Types of Learners
Visual Learner
Kinesthetic Learner
Auditory Learner
Worksheet:Evaluating Your Learning Style
Box:Tips for Capitalizing on Your Learning Style
Understanding Classroom Formats
Worksheet:Assessing Your Preferred Class Format
Recognizing Different Areas of Study
Choosing Your Classes
Deciphering Course Descriptions
Box:Identifying Your Course Requirements
Evaluating a Course Syllabus
Box:Questions to Ask About a Course
Worksheet:Your College Career Plan
On-line Learning What you can expect from an on-line course
Box:Successful Learning On-line
Identifying College Resources
Educational Advisors
Study Skills Classes
Testing Services
Counselors for Students with Disabilities
Career Counseling
Personal Counseling
Mentoring Programs
Tutoring Networks
Box:Making the Best Use of Support Resources
Writing Center
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