Second Edition   ©2017

Understanding Your College Experience

John N. Gardner , Betsy O. Barefoot , Negar Farakish (Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02918-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02918-0; Format: Paper Text, 336 pages

Reimagined LaunchPad course space supports teaching and learning more effectively. LaunchPad for Understanding Your College Experience is a powerful online course space that integrates seamlessly with most learning management systems. Available standalone or packaged at a significant discount, it combines an interactive e-Book with high-quality multimedia content and ready-made assessment; a trove of videos; LearningCurve, an adaptive, game-like study system; and more. Our gradebook offers a window into your students' performance, a streamlined interface helps students focus on what’s due next, and social commenting tools let them engage and connect.

New emphasis on motivation and resilience. Recent research shows that students with stronger non-cognitive skills such as motivation and resilience tend to thrive in college and show better rates of persistence and completion. The new Chapter 2, “Cultivating Motivation, Resilience, and Emotional Intelligence” offers expanded and early coverage these essential skills, and these topics recur throughout the book.

An increased focus on technology. Tech Tips in every chapter ask students to apply many of the technology skills they likely already have to an academic setting. This application-based feature appears at the end of the chapter so as to maintain the flow of the main narrative.

Models—including digital models—let students see principles in action. Because many students learn best by example, full-size models—more than in any competing book—show realistic examples of managing time, annotating a textbook, multiple styles of note taking, and other strategies for academic success. Digital models reflect the tools students will be using in their everyday lives.

LaunchPad Solo for ACES (Academic and Career Excellence System) is a powerful, norm-referenced, student self-assessment that helps students pinpoint their strengths and short-comings. At the same time, it provides instructors and administrators the data they need to support student success, retention, and completion class-and program-wide. It is available standalone or as part of a package at a low cost.