Step by Step to College and Career Success

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/26/2012
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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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.

Author Biography

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

Beginning College
Making a Commitment and Staying Focused
Connecting with Your Instructors 
Setting Goals for Success
Relationships and Community in College
Chapter Review 
Managing Your Time
Taking Control of Your Time 
Creating a Workable Class Schedule 
Organizing Your Day 
Overcoming Procrastination and Respecting Others’ Time 
Chapter Review 
Technology in College
Some Basics of College Technology 
Learning Management Systems 
Information Literacy 
Social Media
Chapter Review 
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 
Thinking Critically
Becoming a Critical Thinker 
Being Aware of Logical Fallacies 
Thinking Critically about Arguments
Critically Evaluating Sources 
Chapter Review 
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

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 
Communicating Clearly

Understanding the Basics of Writing
Taking the Steps to Better Writing
Electronic Research 
Becoming a Better Public Speaker 
Chapter Review 
Taking Exams & Tests
Preparing for Tests 
Strategies for Understanding, Remembering, and Studying 
Taking Tests and Exams 
Academic Honesty and Misconduct 
Chapter Review 
Managing Money
Living on a Budget
Getting Financial Aid 
Achieving a Balance between Working and Borrowing 
Managing Credit Wisely 
Chapter Review
Appreciating Diversity
Understanding and Experiencing Diversity
Forms of Diversity 
Seeking Diversity on Campus
Discrimination, Prejudice, and Insensitivity on College Campuses
Chapter Review
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 
Staying Healthy
Managing Stress
Nutrition and Weight Management 
Sexual Health 
Substance Abuse
Chapter Review 

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