Excelling in College

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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There is a difference between surviving in college and thriving in college, especially when considering the change in environment for first-year students. They are expected to take on new roles and responsibilities such as speaking up in class, approaching instructors, making new friends, performing under pressure, dealing with financial struggles, and making healthy lifestyle choices on their own. With so many changes and challenges to deal with at once, it often results in a stressed-out student. In fact, persuasive evidence shows stress is the single most reported obstacle to academic success in college (CHRONICLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION, 2009). This is especially true of first-year students. In surveys conducted by the American College Health Association (2009) and the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (2009), half of all students reported feeling plagued by stress in the previous year. One-third found that there were times they were so overwhelmed that they could barely function on a daily basis. EXCELLING IN COLLEGE encourages students to perform their best using critical-thinking skills and stress management. By using exercises, in-class activities, and videos, readers learn how to manage these challenges in order to better maintain relationships with family and friends. These skills are not only helpful during college but also carry through the post-academic career.

Table of Contents

A Very Personal Introduction
Why This Class is So Important
Making Learning Stick
The Nature of Life on a College Campus
College Life and Its Inhabitants
Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
Some Reasonable Fears and Apprehensions
How College Will Change You
Good Advice You Won't Follow. . .Until It Makes Sense to You
Adjusting to Campus Life
Predicting Successful Adjustment
Choosing Courses
Resources on Campus
Managing Time and Setting Goals
Formulating Priorities and Goals
Setting Goals
Organizing and Structuring Time
Striving for Excellence in the Classroom
Strategies for the Classroom
Asking Questions in Class
Interactions with Instructors
How to Listen in Class
How to Take Notes
Studying, Learning, and Remembering: Personal Styles
Finding or Creating Study Space
What are the Best Ways that You Learn?
Different Ways that People Learn
Changes You Can Make When Things Aren't Working
Understanding How Memory Works
Learning to Remember
How to Read
Studying in Groups
Performing Under Pressure: Taking Tests
Preparing and Taking Examinations
Text Anxiety
Preparing for Tests
Preparing and Taking Final Exams
After the Test is Over
Writing Papers and Doing Presentations
Preparing and Writing Papers
Writing Email
Searching and Re-searching Sources
Giving Speeches and Class Presentations
It's About the Relationships
Using Technology in Presentations
Doing Group Presentations
Look for More Ways to Practice
Making Lifestyle Choices
Eating Healthfully
Drinking and Drugs
Behavioral Addictions
Leisure Activities
Thinking Critically and Solving Problems
What Critical Thinking Means and What it Will Do For You
How to "Do" Critical Thinking
Using Critical Thinking to Solve Problems
Overview of the Problem Solving Process
Stress Management and Prevention
What is Stress and How do You Know When You've Got It?
Preventing and Managing Stress
Relaxation Strategies
Changing the Ways You View the World
Changing Negative and Self-Defeating Thoughts
Negotiating Relationships
Family Relationships
Romantic Relationships
Relationship Skills
Conflict in Relationships
Functions of Conflict
Conflicts with Roommates
Strategies for Managing Conflict
Diversity and Appreciating Differences
Misunderstandings about Cultural Affiliations
Expanding Your Cultural Wisdom
Challenges Faced by Minority Students
Confronting Prejudices and Stereotypes
Experiencing Other Cultures
Respect and Civility
Planning for the Future
Considerations when Planning Your Future
Begin Your Career Planning Now
Making Changes Last
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