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Designed specifically for first-year study skills courses, Your College Experience, Study Skills Edition, teaches students the essentials of academic success through ample in-text exercises. The newest edition to the best-selling first-year franchise by John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot, this text is designed to help students both engage in the course material and to apply the skills learned to their other academic courses. This text will help students with managing time preparing for class, developing critical textbook reading strategies, improving note taking, and preparing for and taking tests. Look to this affordable text to guide students through the first year and beyond. A full package of instructional support materials including an Instructor's Annotated Edition, an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint slides, videos, and a Test Bank provides new and experienced instructors all the tools they will need to engage students in this course and increase student retention.
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
1. Exploring Your Purpose for Attending College The College Experience Setting Goals for Your College Experience and Beyond Tech Tip: Plug In Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career Outcomes of College Making the Transition What Is Your Purpose in College? Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
2. Managing Your Time Taking Control of Your Time Getting Organized Making Sure Your Schedule Works for You Tech Tip: Get Organized Respecting Others' Time Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
3. Understanding Emotional Intelligence What Is Emotional Intelligence? Assessing Your Emotional Intelligence Identifying Competencies Tech Tip: Stay Connected How Emotions Affect Success How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
4. Discovering How You Learn The VARK Learning Styles Inventory The Kolb Inventory of Learning Styles The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Multiple Intelligences When Learning Styles and Teaching Styles Conflict Tech Tip: Branch Out Learning with a Disability Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
5. Thinking Critically: The Basis of a College Education What Is Critical Thinking, and Why Is It Important? Becoming a Critical Thinker How Collaboration Fosters Critical Thinking Thinking Critically about Arguments Tech Tip: Research Wisely Critical Thinking in College and Everyday Life Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
6. Being Engaged in Learning: Listening, Taking Notes, and Participating in Class Using Your Senses in the Learning Process Preparing for Class Participating in Class Taking Effective Notes Tech Tip: Take Notes like a Rock Star Reviewing Your Notes Becoming Engaged in Learning Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
7. Reading to Learn from College Textbooks A Plan for Active Reading Strategies for Reading Textbooks Tech Tip: Embrace the E-Book Monitoring Your Reading Improving Your Reading Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
8: Learning to Study, Comprehend, and Remember Studying to Understand and Remember Tech Tip: Don't Be a Virtual Wallflower How Memory Works Improving Your Memory Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
9. Improving Your Performance on Exams and Tests Getting Prepared for Tests and Exams Taking Tests and Exams Types of Tests Tech Tip: Fear Not the Online Test Overcoming Test Anxiety Academic Honesty and Misconduct Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
10. Writing and Speaking Effectively WRITING Using Freewriting to Discover What You Want to Say Tech Tip: Blog for Brilliance The Writing Process Box: Avoiding Plagiarism Choosing the Best Way to Communicate with Your Audience SPEAKING Preparing a Speech Using Your Voice and Body Language The GUIDE Checklist Speaking on the Spot Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help
11. Developing Library, Research, and Information Literacy Skills Information Literacy Choosing, Narrowing, and Researching a Topic Using the Library Electronic Resources Tech Tip: Check Your Engine Evaluating Sources Making Use of What You Find Apply It! Build Your Experience Where to Go for Help