Make College Work for You Plus NEW MyStudentSuccessLab Update -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2014-08-26
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For First Year Experience, Student Success, Introduction to College courses, as well as a companion to ‘Intro’ courses such as English, Composition, Speech Communications, and Business.


This book takes a human resource development approach to college success to guide students to take charge of their education and perform at the highest of levels.


Make College Work for You challenges students to become strategic, self-disciplined learners who develop college success and behavioral skills through effective communication and clear reasoning that reinforce ongoing growth toward well situated careers and lives. MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) helps students to 'Start strong, Finish stronger' by acquiring the skills they need to succeed for ongoing personal and professional development.


Teaching & Learning Experience: Strategic, Self-disciplined Learning

Make College Work for You is a guidebook, a roadmap, a primer to help college students learn how to develop and practice the skill sets and discipline needed for success in class, extracurricular activities, and jobs. This program provides:

· Personalized Learning with MyStudentSuccessLab: Whether face-to-face or online, MyStudentSuccessLab helps students build the skills they need through peer-led video interviews, interactive practice exercises, and activities that provide academic, life, and professionalism skills.

· Academic Excellence: Practice and achieve excellence in academic learning, through grit, in-class performance, effective study habits, and intential selection of programs and courses.

· Skill Set Development: Learn and hone marketable abilities: communication skills, critical and creative thinking, teamwork and leadership, networking and mentoring, and wellness management.

· Experiential Learning: Discover and build crucial skills and character development through hands-on volunteerism, apprenticeship, and leadership roles on campus and in the larger community.

Author Biography

Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez is Caterpillar Inc. Professor of English at Bradley University. Professor Brill de Ramírez also has an M.B.A. in management and human resource development from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with prior work experience as a research analyst for a management consulting firm and additional training focused on the success of women in the higher education workforce (HERS Summer Institute, MLA workshops). Brill de Ramírez’s humanities studies began at St. John’s College in Maryland, continued at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, culminating with nonwestern indigenous studies at the University of New Mexico. As a literature scholar, she is a specialist in the fields of Native American literatures, Eco criticism, folklore, and literary criticism and theory.


Deeply committed to each student’s capacity to learn and succeed at the highest of levels, she is a national Councilor for the Arts & Humanities with the Council for Undergraduate Research, a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee for the Modern Language Association, and the Book Review Editor for the CUR Quarterly. She is an innovator in teaching with extensive experience in college success, undergraduate research, service-learning, ecocomposition, and digital pedagogies (including using videoconferencing and learning management systems for teaching students in the United States and Middle East and bringing distinguished speakers into virtual classrooms for presentations–from globally distinguished writers, scholars and a Fortune 100 CEO).


A widely published scholar, she is the author of Wittgenstein and Critical Theory (1995), Contemporary American Indian Literatures and the Oral Tradition (1999), Native American Life-History Narratives (2007), and with Evelina Zuni Lucero, co-editor of Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance (2009). In her scholarly work, Professor Brill de Ramírez is currently exploring the ecocritical concepts of placefulness and “geographies of belonging” in transformative features in literary poetics and narrative.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Daily Habits for Success: Fitness and Wellness

Chapter Two: Class Performance for Success: Preparation and Participation

Chapter Three: Academic Skills for Success: Getting the GPA You Want

Chapter Four: Strategic Credentialing for Success: Majors, Minors, Skill Sets

Chapter Five: Communication Skills for Success: Oral, Written, Digital

Chapter Six: Campus Activity for Success: Clubs, The Arts, Athletics

Chapter Seven: Off-Campus Endeavors for Success: Internships, Jobs, Volunteerism

Chapter Eight: Networking and Mentoring for Success: Teamwork, Leadership, Strategic Relationships



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