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Your college experience : strategies for success

Author: John N Gardner; A Jerome Jewler; Betsy O Barefoot
Publisher: Boston, MA : Bedford/St. Martin's, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Concise 9th edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Life skills guides
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John N Gardner; A Jerome Jewler; Betsy O Barefoot
ISBN: 9780312637989 0312637985 9780312637996 0312637993
OCLC Number: 694182288
Description: xxiv, 231 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. Exploring your purpose for attending college --
The college experience --
Why college is important to our society --
Why college is important to you --
Aligning your sense of purpose and your career --
Connecting your major and your interests with your career --
Other outcomes of college --
Making the transition --
Challenges and opportunities for adult and returning students --
First-year motivation and commitment --
What is your purpose in college? --
2. Managing your time --
Taking control of your time --
Overcoming procrastination --
Setting priorities --
Staying focused --
Getting organized --
Use a planner --
Chart a weekly timetable --
Maintain a to-do list --
Making sure your schedule works for you --
Create a workable class schedule --
Don't overextend yourself --
Reduce distractions --
Respecting others' time --
3. Understanding emotional intelligence --
What is emotional intelligence? --
Assessing your emotional intelligence --
Identifying competencies --
Intrapersonal skills --
Interpersonal skills --
Adaptability --
Stress management --
General mood and effective performance --
How emotions affect success --
How to improve your emotional intelligence --
4. Discovering how you learn --
The VARK learning styles inventory --
Scoring the VARK --
Using VARK results to study more effectively --
The Myers-Briggs type indicator --
Extraversion (E) version introversion (I) : the inner or outer world --
Sensing (S) versus intuition (N) : facts or ideas --
Thinking (T) versus feeling (F) : logic or values --
Judging (J) versus perceiving (P) : organization or adaptability --
How to use your strongest and weakest preferences --
Multiple intelligences --
When learning styles and teaching styles conflict --
Learning with a disability --
Attention disorders --
Cognitive learning disabilities --
5. Thinking critically : the basis of a college education --
What is critical thinking and why is it important? --
Becoming a critical thinker --
Ask questions --
Consider multiple points of view --
Draw conclusions --
How collaboration fosters critical thinking --
Thinking critically about arguments --
Challenge assumptions --
Examine the evidence --
Beware of logical fallacies --
Critical thinking in college and everyday life --
6. Being engaged in learning : listening, taking notes, and participating in class --
Using your senses in the learning process --
Preparing for class --
Participating in class --
Listening critically and with an open mind --
Speaking up --
Taking effective notes --
Note-taking formats --
Cornell format --
Outline format --
Paragraph format --
List format --
Note-taking techniques --
Taking notes in nonlecture courses --
Taking notes in science and mathematics courses --
Using technology to take notes --
Reviewing your notes --
Comparing notes --
Class notes and homework --
Becoming engaged in learning. 7. Reading to learn : learning to remember --
A plan for active reading --
Previewing --
Mapping --
Alternatives to mapping --
Marking your textbook --
Reading with concentration --
Reviewing --
Strategies for reading textbooks --
Supplementary material --
Monitoring your reading --
If English is not your first language --
Studying to understand and remember --
How memory works --
Connecting memory to deep learning --
Using review sheets, mind maps, and other tools --
8. Improving your performance on exams and tests --
Getting prepared for test and exams --
Prepare physically --
Prepare emotionally --
Taking tests and exams --
Essay questions --
Multiple-choice questions --
Fill-in-the-blank questions --
True/false questions --
Matching questions --
Types of tests --
Problem-solving tests --
Machine-scored tests --
Computerized tests --
Laboratory tests --
Open-book and open-note tests --
Take-home tests --
Overcoming test anxiety --
Types of test anxiety --
Symptoms of test anxiety --
Strategies for combating test anxiety --
Getting the test back --
Academic honesty and misconduct --
Cheating --
plagiarism --
Consequences of cheating and plagiarism --
Reducing the likelihood of academic dishonesty --
9. Writing and speaking effectively --
Writing --
Using freewriting to discover what you want to say --
Narrowing your topic --
Exploratory writing --
The writing process --
Prewriting : the idea stage --
Writing : the beginning of organization --
Rewriting : the polishing stage --
Allocating time --
Choosing the best way to communicate with your audience --
Speaking --
Preparing a speech --
Clarify your objective --
Analyze your audience --
Collect and organize your information --
Choose your visual aids --
Prepare your notes --
Practice your delivery --
Using your voice and body language --
The GUIDE checklist--
Get your audience's attention --
You (U) : don't forget your self --
Ideas --
Develop an organizational structure --
Exit gracefully and memorably --
10. Developing, library, research, and information literacy skills --
Information literacy --
Learning to be information literate --
What's research, and what's not --
Employing information literacy skills --
Choosing, narrowing, and researching a topic --
Using the library --
Taking advantage of everything your library has to offer --
Asking a librarian --
Electronic resources --
Library catalogs --
Periodical databases --
The World Wide Web --
Guidelines for effective searches --
Evaluating sources --
Relevance --
Authority --
Bias --
A note on internet sources --
Making use of what you find --
Synthesizing information and ideas --
Citing your sources --
About plagiarism --
11. Appreciating diversity --
Understanding diversity and the source of our beliefs --
Forms of diversity --
Ethnicity, culture, race, and religion --
Age --
Learning and physical abilities --
Gender --
Sexual orientation --
Seeking diversity on campus --
The curriculum --
Student-run organizations --
Fraternities and sororities --
Career/major groups --
Political/activist organizations --
Special-interest groups --
Discrimination, prejudice, and insensitivity on college campuses --
Raising awareness --
What you can do to fight hate on campus --
Challenge yourself to experience diversity --
12. Managing your money --
LIving on a budget --
Creating a budget --
Gather basic information --
Build a plan --
Do a test run --
Make adjustments --
Cutting costs --
Getting financial aid --
Types of aid --
Qualifying for aid --
How to avoid losing your funding --
Achieving a balance between working and borrowing --
Advantages and disadvantages of working --
Student loans --
Managing credit wisely --
Understanding credit --
Frequently asked questions about credit cards --
Debit cards --
Planning for the future.
Responsibility: John N. Gardner, A. Jerome Jewler, Betsy O. Barefoot.

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