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User-friendly, class tested and authoritatively research-based, Step by Step to College and Career Success offers students proven information and straightforward strategies that they can apply toward their success. This is the briefest title in the Gardner family of books, and the authors have focused on the most crucial skills and the most important choices students make in order to succeed in college and beyond. The fifth edition covers pressing topics that affect students' lives and how they learn, with a particular focus on technology and how students can use technology to learn while avoiding its distractions and dangers.
John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to students as an author. The recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, John has over forty years of experience directing and teaching in the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. John is universally recognized as one of the country's leading educators for his role in initiating and orchestrating an international reform movement to improve the beginning college experience, a concept he coined as "the first-year experience." He is the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at USC, as well as the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (www.jngi.org), both based in Brevard, N.C.
Betsy O. Barefoot is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first-year seminar. During her tenure at USC from 1988 to 1999, she served as codirector for research and publications at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She also taught University 101 and graduate courses on the first-year experience and the principles of college teaching. She conducts first-year seminar faculty training workshops around the world and is frequently called on to evaluate first-year seminar outcomes. Betsy is codirector and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education both in Brevard, N.C. In her Policy Center role she led a major national research project to identify institutions of excellence in the first college year. She currently works with both two- and four-year campuses in evaluating all components of the first year.
Table of Contents
01 Beginning College Making a Commitment and Staying Focused Connecting with Your Instructors Setting Goals for Success Relationships and Community in College Chapter Review
02 Managing Your Time Taking Control of Your Time Creating a Workable Class Schedule Organizing Your Day Overcoming Procrastination and Respecting Others’ Time Chapter Review
03 Technology in College Some Basics of College Technology Learning Management Systems Information Literacy Social Media Chapter Review
04 How You Learn Being an Engaged Learner Learning How You Learn Best: The VARK Learning Styles Inventory Understanding Emotional Intelligence Learning with a Learning Disability Chapter Review
05 Thinking Critically Becoming a Critical Thinker Being Aware of Logical Fallacies Thinking Critically about Arguments Critically Evaluating Sources Chapter Review
06 Listening & Taking Notes Preparing for and Participating in Class Knowing the Basics of Listening and Note-Taking Taking Notes in Nonlecture and Quantitative Courses Reviewing Your Notes Chapter Review
07 Reading for Success Preparing to Read and Getting Started Reading to Question, Interpret, and Understand Reading Textbooks for Different Types of Courses Improving Your Reading Chapter Review
08 Communicating Clearly Understanding the Basics of Writing Taking the Steps to Better Writing Electronic Research Becoming a Better Public Speaker Chapter Review
09 Taking Exams & Tests Preparing for Tests Strategies for Understanding, Remembering, and Studying Taking Tests and Exams Academic Honesty and Misconduct Chapter Review
10 Managing Money Living on a Budget Getting Financial Aid Achieving a Balance between Working and Borrowing Managing Credit Wisely Chapter Review
11 Appreciating Diversity Understanding and Experiencing Diversity Forms of Diversity Seeking Diversity on Campus Discrimination, Prejudice, and Insensitivity on College Campuses Chapter Review
12 Majors & Career Choices Careers and the New Economy Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career Exploring Your Interests Working While in College Chapter Review
13 Staying Healthy Managing Stress Nutrition and Weight Management Sexual Health Substance Abuse Chapter Review