The Adult Learner's Companion A Guide for the Adult College Student

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2011-02-09
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Adult learners face unique challenges--work, family, and the numerous responsibilities and obligations that they must juggle while pursuing a degree. With limited time and financial resources, adult learners need to know where and how to get help quickly and easily, and who to turn to when they have questions. The second edition of THE ADULT LEARNER'S COMPANION: A GUIDE FOR THE ADULT COLLEGE STUDENT preserves the principal core of the first edition while extending the scope and relevance of the relationship between life experience and its practical application to college and work. Essentially, the new edition teaches adult students how what they already know can be applied to all facets of college and career. Author Deborah Davis, a former adult student herself, provides a concise manual that helps adult learners navigate their way through the college experience, while providing the skills necessary for academic achievement.

Table of Contents

College Success
From the Author
Questions to Ask Yourself
What Do I Want Out of College?
What Goals Have I Set for Myself?
Why Did I Come to College?
How Will My Life Change and What Can I Expect in College?
What Does It Take to Succeed in College?
College Fears and Truths
Companion Strategies for College Success
Best and Worst Practices
The Life Experience, College, and Career Relationship
From the Author
What Life Has Taught You
Apply What You Already Know to College and Career
Develop and Expand What You Already Know to College and Career
Communication: Speaking and Writing
Critical Thinking
Consider Possibilities
Companion Strategies to Integrate Life Experience, College, and Career
Best and Worst Practices
Stress Management
From the Author
The Signs of Stress
Physical Signs
Emotional Signs
Origins and Effects of Stress
Ways to Handle and Manage Stress
Companion Strategies to Reduce Stress
Best and Worst Practices
Time Management
From the Author
Non Realistic and Realistic Concepts of Time Management
Organize, Plan, and Schedule Work, Family, and School Responsibilities
Organizational Skills
Create a Master Blueprint
Stay Motivated
LifeÆs Little Challenges and Interferences
Expect the Unexpected
Resist Overextending Yourself
Companion Strategies for Efficient Time Management
Best and Worst Practices
Help and Support
From the Author
Build a Strong Personal and Professional Support System
Available College Resources
College Catalog: Hardcover and Virtual
Financial Aid
Academic Help: Library, Tutoring, Academic Advisors
Career Counseling
Disability Services
Instructors and Peers
Companion Strategies to Build Support Resources
Best and Worst Practices
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
From the Author
Definition and Process of Critical Thinking Process
BloomÆs Taxonomy
Benefits of Critical Thinking
Work Related, Personal, and College
Six Steps to Problem Solving Using Critical Thinking Techniques
Regularly rearticulate and reevaluate your goals, purposes, and needs
Identify the problem
Carefully analyze, interpret, and evaluate the information you collect
Figure out your options for action, evaluate them, then choose one
Adopt a strategy to resolve the problem, and follow through on that strategy
When you act, monitor the implications of your action as they begin to emerge
Companion Strategies of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Best and Worst Practices
Class Skills
From the Author
Learning How You Learn
Classical Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic
Integrating Learning Styles
Learning Style Quiz
Listening and Note Taking
Good/Poor Listening Habits
Note Taking Styles: Outlining, Cornell, Mindmapping, Summary
Companion Strategies for Effective Class Skills
Best and Worst Practices
From the Author
Studying for Maximum Productivity
Set the Stage
Prepare to Study
Learn to Use Your Textbook
Special Study Considerations
Improving Memory Skills
The Eight "RÆs" of Retention
Companion Strategies for Successful Studying
Best and Worst Practices
From the Author
Preparing for and Taking Tests
Test Anxiety
Types of Tests
Tests of Recognition, Recall, and Analysis
Pop Quizzes
Open Book and Take Home
Companion Strategies for Successful Test Taking
Best and Worst Practices
Writing Papers
From the Author
The Truth about Writing
Know Your Audience
Seven Steps to Writing a Good Paper
Choose a Topic
Investigate the Topic
Develop a Thesis Statement
Develop an Outline
Write the First Draft
Read the First Draft Aloud
Rewrite and Revise the Rough Draft
Research Paper Style-APA, MLA, (Sample Paper)
Companion Strategies for Effective Writing
Best and Worst Practices
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