Focus On College Success

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Success in college requires more than just intellect. Motivation, focus, and discipline are key. And one book shows you how to use that key to drive your personal success in college--and beyond. Research-based and highly motivational, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS thoroughly engages you with direct applications and immediate results. While college success tactics may seem like common sense, many are not. Written by a leader in the field of motivation and focus, the text covers topics, tools, and techniques THAT WILL DELIVER RESULTS. By learning these skills early on, you can avoid many of the pitfalls into which so many students stumble. All of the book's exercises and activities are designed specifically to help you learn more about yourself and help you focus on what you need to do to succeed. Going well beyond college, these lessons will help you in your career and in your personal life. Tools help you chart your progress through the text. Did you know that your odds of completing college successfully go up after you take the college success course? That makes FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS a no-brainer.

Table of Contents

Building Dreams, Setting Goals
Focus Challenge Case
Who Are You? And What Do You Want?
Spending Time in the "System"
How Motivated Are You and How Are You Motivated?
Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment
Ability versus Effort: What's More Important?
What Drives You?
Values, Dreams, and Goals
College Success: You Make the Call
Learning About Learning
Focus Challenge Case
Go to the HEAD of the Class: Learning and the Brain
Multiple Intelligences: How Are You Smart?
How Do You Perceive and Process Information?
What Role Does Your Personality Play?
Managing Your Time and Energy
Focus Challenge Case
Time Management Isn't Enough
Energy, Our Most Precious Resource
"I'll Study in My Free Time"... And When Is That?
Schedule Your Way to Success
To Do or Not to Do?
There Is No Question
How Time Flies
The P Word: Read Now... or Maybe Tomorrow... or the Next Day... or...
Beyond Juggling: Realistically Manage Work, School, and Personal Life
Thinking Critically and Creatively
Focus Challenge Case
Rethinking Thinking
What is Critical Thinking?
Four-Part Model of Critical Thinking
Becoming a Better Critical Thinker
Unleash Your Creativity! Creativity: "Thinking Outside the... Book."
Developing Technology, Research, and Information Literacy Skills
Focus Challenge Case
Technology Skills: Wireless, Windowed, Webbed, and Wikied
The Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Use Technology to Your Academic Advantage
Netiquette: Online Manners Matter
Taking Online Classes: E-Learning versus C-Learning
Research Skills and Your College Success
Information Literacy and Your College Success
Downloading Your Workload: The Easy Way Out?
Writing as a Process: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Build a Better Paper: The Seven C's
In a Manner of Speaking...
Craft a Winning Presentation: The Seven P's
Engaging, Listening, and Taking Notes in Class
Focus Challenge Case: Lindsey Collier
Get Engaged in Class
Listening with Focus
Ask and You Shall Receive
How Do You Know What's Important?
Taking Lecture Notes: Different Strokes for Different Folks
Using Lecture Notes
Developing Your Memory
Focus Challenge Case Study
Memory: The Long and the Short of It
The Three R's of Remembering: Record, Retain, Retrieve
20 Ways to Master Your Memory
How Our Memories (uh... hmmm...) Fail Us
This Is Your Memory on Drugs
Deepen Your Memory
Reading and Studying
Focus Challenge Case
Who Needs to Read?
Read Right! Meta-what?
Metacognition, Reading, and Studying
Becoming an Intentional Learner: Make a Master Study Plan
Sprinting to the Finish Line: When to Take Short Cuts
Integrated Learning: Learning Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
A Final Word about Reading and Studying
Taking Tests
Focus Challenge Case
Testing 1, 2, 3... Show What You Know
Before the Test: Calm Your Nerves by Preparing Carefully
During the Test: Focus and Work Hard
Taking Objective Tests
Taking Subjective Essay Tests
Don't Cheat Yourself! After the Test: Continue to Learn
Building Relationships, Valuing Diversity
Focus Challenge Case
The Heart of College Success
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Communicating in Relationships
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Diversity Makes a Difference
Appreciate the American Mosaic
Think Globally
Act Locally
Choosing a College Major and Career
Focus Challenge Case
What's the Connection?
How to Choose a Major and Career
How to Launch a Career
Working Toward Wellness
Focus Challenge Case
Health, Education, and Welfare
Physical Health: In Sickness and in Health
Mental Health: Up or Down
Spiritual Health: Department of the Interior
You Take the Wheel!
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