Step by Step to College and Career Success

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-15
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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User-friendly, class tested and authoritatively research-based,Step by Step to College and Career Successoffers students proven information and straightforward strategies that they can apply toward their success. The briefest title in the Gardner family of books, the authors have pared away extras and have focused on the most crucial skills and the most important choices students have to make in order to succeed in college and beyond.Step by Stepis an accessible text that can be useful to all students at any institution whatever their background or goals. In the fourth edition pressing topics that affect students' lives and how they learn--such as money management, emotional intelligence, technology, and diversity--have been added and expanded within a vibrant, easy-to-navigate new design.

Author Biography

John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to as an author. The recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, John has over 40 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, the Policy Center on the First Year of College and most recently the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (www.jngi.org), the latter two 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

Beginning Your College Experience
Making a Commitment and Staying Focused
Making the Transition
Returning Students versus Traditional Students
Setting Goals for Success
Connecting with Your Instructors
What Your Instructors Expect from You
What You Can Expect from Your Instructors
Making the Most of the Learning Relationship
Understanding Academic Freedom
When Things Go Wrong between You and an Instructor
How Relationships Change in College
Spouses, Partners, and Families
Social Networking and Electronic Relationships
Being Active in Campus and Community Life
Joining On-Campus Groups
Chapter Review
Managing Your Time
Taking Control of Your Time
Setting Goals
Establishing Priorities
Staying Focused
Overcoming Procrastination and Staying Motivated
Creating a Workable Class Schedule
Using a Daily or Weekly Planner
Maintaining a ‚«£To-Do‚«† L
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