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

Part I: Welcome to Your College Experience
Chapter 1: The Essentials for College Success
     The College Experience
     Setting Goals for Achieving Your Purpose
     Academic Planning
     Making the Transition by Connecting with Others
Chapter 2: Cultivating Motivation, Resilience, and Emotional Intelligence
     The Importance of Motivation Attitude and Mindset
     Understanding Emotional Intelligence
     How Emotions Influence Success and Well-Being
Chapter 3: Managing Time, Energy, and Money
     Managing Your Time
     Managing Your Energy
     Managing Your Money
Chapter 4: Discovering How You Learn
     How People Learn
     The VARK Learning Styles Inventory
     The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
     Multiple Intelligences
     When Learning Styles and  Teaching Styles Conflict
     Learning with a Learning Disability

Part II: Succeeding in College
Chapter 5: Getting the Most Out of Class
     Become Engaged in Learning
     Engage before Class and between Class Meetings
     Participate in Class
     Take Effective Notes
Chapter 6: Reading to Learn from College Textbooks
     A Plan for Active Reading
     Strategies for Reading Textbooks
     Improving Your Reading
Chapter 7: Studying, Understanding, and Remembering
     Studying in College: Making Choices and Concentrating
     How Memory Works
     Improving Your Memory
     Studying to Understand and Remember
Chapter 8: Taking Tests Successfully
     Getting Ready
     Taking the Test
     Types of Tests
     Types of Questions
     Overcoming Test Anxiety
     Cheating and Plagiarism
Chapter 9: Collecting, Evaluating, and Using Information
     Information Literacy
     Choosing, Narrowing, and Researching a Topic
     Using the Library
     Evaluating Sources
     Using Your Research in Writing
     The Writing Process
     Using Your Research in Presentations.

Part III: Your Path to Success in College and Beyond
Chapter 10: Thinking Critically
     College-Level Thinking
     Developing Strong Thinking Skills
     Applying Your Critical-Thinking Skills
     Bloom’s Taxonomy and the First Year of College
Chapter 11: Maintaining Wellness and Relationships in a Diverse World
     Understanding Wellness
     Managing Your Relationships
     Thriving in Diverse Environments
Chapter 12: Making the Right Career Choice
     Careers and the New Economy
     Self-Exploration in Career Planning
     Planning for Your Career
     Getting Experience
     Job Search Strategies
     Skills Employers Seek
     Staying on the Path to Success