Twelfth Edition   ©2016

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success

John N. Gardner , Betsy O. Barefoot

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-9966-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-9966-5; Format: Paper Text, 400 pages

Part I Foundations
Thriving in College and Life
 STUDENT PROFILE
The Value of a College Education
The Value of Your College Success Course
The Value of Your College Success Textbook
The College Experience
Why College is Important for You
Getting the Most Out of College: High-Impact Practices
Traditional Students: Making the Transition
Challenges and Opportunities for Nontraditional Students
               Techtip: E-mail with Style
Communicating with Your Instructors
Exploring Purpose and Setting
Getting Started with Goal Setting
Setting SMART Goals
Academic Planning
Choosing a Major
Working with an Academic Advisor
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

Cultivating Motivation, Resilience, and Emotional Intelligence
STUDENT PROFILE
The Importance of Motivation, Attitude, and Mindsets
Motivation
Attitude
Mindsets
Resilience
Understanding Emotional Intelligence
Perceiving and Managing Emotions
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life
Improving Emotional Intelligence
Identifying Your EI Skills and Competencies
How Emotions Influence Success and Well-Being
               Tech Tip: Building a Digital Persona
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

3. Time Management
STUDENT PROFILE
Managing Your Time
Taking Control of Your Time
Your Memory Cannot Be Your Only Planning Tool
Using Time-Management Tools
Procrastination
Techtip: Get Digitally Organized
Overcoming Procrastination
Dealing with Distractions
Setting Priorities
Find a Balance
Don’t Overextend Yourself
Stay Focused
Appreciating the Value of Time
Creating a Workable Class Schedule
Scheduling Your Classes in Blocks
               BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

4. How You Learn
STUDENT PROFILE
Learning Styles and the Tools for Measuring Them
The VARK Learning Styles Inventory
Use VARK Results to Study More Effectively
The Kolb Inventory of Learning Styles
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Multiple Intelligences
When Learning Styles and Teaching Styles Conflict
TECH TIP: Correlate Online Learning with Your Learning Style
Learning with a Learning Disability
Attention Disorders
Cognitive Learning Disabilities
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

Part II Preparing to Learn
5. Thinking in College
STUDENT PROFILE
College-Level Thinking: Higher and Deeper
Problem Solving in and out of Class
Making a Choice Between Slow and Fast Thinking
Collaboration
Creativity
Becoming a Critical Thinker
Asking Questions
Considering Multiple Points of View and Drawing
Conclusions
Making Arguments
Challenging Assumptions and Beliefs
Examining Evidence
Recognizing and Avoiding Faulty Reasoning
Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy
Bloom’s Six Levels of Learning
Bloom’s Taxonomy and the First Year of College
TECH TIP: Use Your Critical Thinking Skills in
Conducting Research
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

6. Reading to Learn
STUDENT PROFILE
A Plan for Active Reading
Previewing 
Mapping
Outlining or Listing
Creating Flash Cards
Strategies for Marking Your Textbook 
 Reading with Concentration
 Reviewing
Strategies for Reading Textbooks
All Textbooks Are Not Created Equal
Math Texts
Science Texts
Social Science and Humanities
               TECH TIP: Embrace the E-Book
Supplementary Material  
Improving Your Reading
Monitoring Your Reading
Developing Your Vocabulary
What to Do When You Fall Behind on Your Reading 
 
If English Is Not Your First Language
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

7. Getting the Most From Class
STUDENT PROFILE
Become Engaged in Learning
Prepare for Class
Participate in Class
Listen Critically and with an Open Mind
Speak Up
Take Effective Notes
Note-Taking Formats
         Cornell Format
          Outline Format
Note-Taking Techniques 
          Taking Notes in Nonlecture Courses
          Taking Notes in Mathematics and Science Courses
TECH TIP: Take Better Notes in Better Ways
Review Your Notes
Compare Notes
Class Notes and Homework
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

8. Studying
STUDENT PROFILE
Studying in College: Making Choices and Concentrating
How Memory Works
 Connecting Memory to Deep Learning
 Myths about Memory
 TECH TIP: Using the Cloud
Improving Your Memory
 Review Sheets
 Mind Maps
 Flash Cards
 Summaries
 Mnemonics
Studying to Understand and Remember
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE 

9. Test-taking
STUDENT PROFILE
Getting Ready…
 Prepare for Test Taking 
 Prepare for Math and Science Exams
 Prepare Physically
 Prepare Emotionally
Tips for Test Taking
Types of Tests
 Problem-Solving Tests
 Machine-Scored Tests
 Computerized Tests
 Laboratory Tests
 Open-Book and Open-Notes Tests
 TECH TIP: Conquer Online Tests
 Take-Home Tests
Types of Questions
 Essay Questions
 Multiple-Choice Questions
 Fill-in-the-Blank Questions
 True/False Questions
 Matching Questions
Overcoming Test Anxiety
 Symptoms of Test Anxiety
 Types of Test Anxiety
 Test Anxiety Quiz
 Strategies for Dealing with Test Anxiety
 Getting the Test Back
Cheating
 What Is Cheating?
 Why Students Cheat and the Consequences of Cheating
 BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

10. Information Literacy and Communication
STUDENT PROFILE
Information Literacy
 Learning to Be Information Literate
 What’s Research—and What’s Not?
Choosing, Narrowing, and Researching a Topic
Using the Library
 The 20-Minute Rule
 Scholarly Articles and Journals
 TECH TIP: Effective Searching
 Periodicals
 Books 
Evaluating Sources
 Relevance
 Authority
 Bias
Using Your Research in Writing
The Writing Process
 Steps to Good Writing 
 Know Your Audience
 The Importance of Time in the Writing Process
 Citing Your Sources
 About Plagiarism
Using Your Research in Presentations
 Guidelines for Successful Speaking
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

Part III Preparing for Life
11. Majors and Careers
STUDENT PROFILE
Careers and the New Economy
 Characteristics of Today’s Economy 
Building a Professional Mindset for Life after College
Working with an Academic Adviser
 Know the Right Questions to Ask about Your Major
 Learn How to Select Your Classes
 Explore Course Options and Pay Attention to Your Grades
 Finding Career Resources on Your Campus
 Getting to Know Yourself
  Assess Your Career Competencies
  Clarify Your Personal and Workplace Values
  Understand Your Skills, Aptitudes, Personality, and Interests
  Using the Holland Model
Gaining Professional Experience
 Internships and Other Professional Work Experiences
 Part-Time Work in College
 TECH TIP: Join the Professional Community
Marketing Yourself and Putting it All Together
 Branding “You, Inc.”
 Building a Résumé
 Writing a Cover Letter
 Putting It All Together
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE
USE YOUR RESOURCES

12. Relationships
STUDENT PROFILE
Building Relationships with College Instructors
 What Your Instructors Expect from You
 What You Can Expect from Your Instructors
 What You Can Expect from Your Peer Leader
 Make the Most of the Learning Relationship
 Understanding Academic Freedom
 Handling a Conflict between You and an Instructor
Personal Relationships
 Roommates
 Romantic Relationships 
Family Connections
 Marriage and Parenting during College
 Relationships with Your Parents
Communicating in a Digital Age
Get Involved
 To Greek or Not to Greek?
 Working
 Tech Tip: Build a Digital Persona
 Community Service
BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE

13. Diversity
STUDENT PROFILE
Exploring Diversity
 Ethnicity, Culture, Race, and Religion
 Other Differences You Will Encounter in College 
 Stereotyping and Microaggressions
Overcoming Discrimination, Prejudice, and Insensitivity on College Campuses
 Raising Awareness
 What You Can Do to Fight Hate on Campus
Seeking Diversity
 Seeking Diversity in College
 Seeking Diversity in the Workplace
 Seeking Diversity in Life
              TECH TIP: Go Beyond the Filter
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14. Wellness
STUDENT PROFILE
Understanding Wellness
 Managing Stress to Maintain Wellness
 The Importance of Good Nutrition 
 Exercising to Maintain Wellness 
 Getting Enough Sleep to Maintain Wellness
 Emotional Health 
Maintaining Sexual Health
 Communicating about Safe Sex
 Avoiding Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
 Using Birth Control
 Protecting Yourself and Others against Sexual Assault and Violence
Alcohol and Other Substances
 The Use and Abuse of Alcohol
 Tobacco and Marijuana
               TECH TIP: Surf for Health
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15. Money
STUDENT PROFILE
Living on a Budget
 Creating a Budget
 Cutting Costs
Understanding Financial Aid
 Types of Aid
 Navigating Financial Aid
 Qualifying for Aid
 How to Keep Your Funding
Achieving a Balance between Working and Borrowing
 Advantages and Disadvantages of Working
 Student Loans
Managing Credit Wisely
 Understanding Credit
 TECH TIP: Master Budgeting, Version 2.0
 Debit Cards
 Frequently Asked Questions about Credit Cards and Identity Theft
Planning for the Future
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