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On Course, Study Skills: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life

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ON COURSE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND IN LIFE, STUDY SKILLS PLUS EDITION will engage you with the tools you need to take charge of your success in college and in life. As you learn new strategies, you will have the opportunity to practice applying new skills to solve academic challenges. With improved critical and creative problem solving you will be able to achieve greater success in all parts of your life. You can practice new skills using the case studies, and then work towards creating your very own academic skills plan. A self-assessment tool at the beginning of the text helps you to identify behaviors and beliefs you may wish to change in order to achieve more of your potential. You have an opportunity to revisit your self-assessment at the conclusion of the text. Guided journal entries help you develop essential life skills by encouraging exploration of personal responsibility, self-motivation, interdependence, and self-esteem.

About the Author

SKIP DOWNING is an international consultant in the field of faculty development and student success strategies. Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both English and counseling psychology. He was Professor of English at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for 32 years. In addition to his role as an academic instructor, Dr. Downing created and coordinated BCCC's Student Success and Learning Community Programs. These programs teach students how to apply proven strategies of success to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program resulted in a significant increase in both student academic success and retention. Click here to see the data from BCCC as well as many other institutions using the On Course text. Dr. Downing has made numerous presentations at national conferences and conducted faculty development workshops at many two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. Since 1996, he has facilitated the On Course Workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators focusing on proven strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible partners in their education and to achieve greater success in college and in life. These workshops offer participants the option of earning three graduate credits in a follow-up on-line course. Dr. Downing's teaching, writing, and consulting are all guided by his belief that the greatest mission of any educational institution is empowering its students to live rich, personally fulfilling lives.

Table of Contents

1. GETTING ON COURSE TO YOUR SUCCESS. Taking the First Step. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Jalana Onaga (University of Hawaii, HI). Becoming an Active Learner. On Course Principles at Work. Believing in Yourself: Develop Self-Acceptance. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Phyllis Honore (Cuyahoga Community College, OH). Wise Choices in College: College Customs. 2. ACCEPTING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Case Study for Critical Thinking: The Late Paper. Adopting the Creator Role. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Brian Moore (Glendale Community College, AZ). Mastering Creator Language. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Alexsandr Kanevskiy (Oakland University, MI). Making Wise Decisions. Personal Responsibility at Work. Believing in Yourself: Change Your Inner Conversation. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Dominic Grasseth (Lane Community College, OR). EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Reading. Reading: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Reading. While Reading. After Reading. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Reading Plan? 3. DISCOVERING SELF-MOTIVATION. Case Study for Critical Thinking: Popson's Dilemma. Creating Inner Motivation. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Chee Meng Vang (Inver Hills Community College, MN). Designing a Compelling Life Plan. Committing to Your Goals and Dreams. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Amanda Schmeling (Buena Vista University, IA). Self-Motivation at Work. Believing in Yourself: Write A Personal Affirmation. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Donna Ludwick (Carteret Community College, NC). EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Taking Notes. Taking Notes: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Note Taking. While Note Taking. After Note Taking. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Note Taking Plan? 4. MASTERING SELF-MANAGEMENT. Case Study for Critical Thinking: The Procrastinators. Acting on Purpose. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Jason Pozsgay (Oakland University, MI). Creating n Effective Self-Management System. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Allysa Lapage (Sacramento City College, CA). Developing Self-Discipline. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Holt Boggs (Belmont Technical College, OH). Self-Management at Work. Believing in Yourself: Develop Self-Confidence. EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Organizing Study Materials. Organizing Study Materials: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Organizing Study Materials. While Organizing Study Materials. After Organizing Study Materials. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Organizing Plan? 5. EMPLOYING INTERDEPENDENCE. Case Study for Critical Thinking: Professor Rogers' Trial. Developing Mutually Supportive Relationships. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Jason Matthew Loden (Avila University, MO). Creating a Support Network. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Neal Benjamin (Barton County Community College, KS). Strengthening Relationships with Active Listening. Interdependence at Work. Believing in Yourself: Be Assertive. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Amy Acton (Southern State Community College, OH). EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Rehearsing and Memorizing Study Materials. Rehearsing and Memorizing Study Materials: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Rehearsing and Memorizing Study Materials. While Rehearsing and Memorizing Study Materials. After Rehearsing and Memorizing Study Materials. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Rehearsing and Memorizing Plan? 6. GAINING SELF-AWARENESS. Case Study for Critical Thinking: Strange Choices. Recognizing When You Are Off Course. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Sarah Richmond (Missouri University of Science and Technology, MO). Identifying Your Scripts. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: James Floriolli (Foothill College, CA). Rewriting Your Outdated Scripts. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Annette Valle (The Victoria College, TX). Self-Awareness at Work. Believing in Yourself: Write Your Own Rules. EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Brandee Huigens (Northeast Iowa Community College, IA). Wise Choices in College: Taking Tests. Taking Tests: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Taking Tests. While Taking Tests. After Taking Tests. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Test Taking Plan? 7. ADOPTING LIFE-LONG LEARNING. Case Study for Critical Thinking: A Fish Story. Discovering Your Preferred Learning Style. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Melissa Thompson (Madison Area Technical College, WI). Employing Critical Thinking. Learning to Make Course Corrections. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Jessie Maggard (Urbana University, OH). Lifelong Learning at Work. Believing in Yourself: Develop Self-Respect. EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Writing. Writing: The Big Picture. Step 1: What Is Your Present Situation? Step 2: How Would You Like Your Situation to Be? Step 3: What Are My Possible Choices? Before Writing. While Writing. After Writing. Step 5: Which Choices Will I Commit to Doing? Step 6: When and How Will I Evaluate My Writing Plan? 8. DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. Case Study for Critical Thinking: After Math. Understanding Emotional Intelligence. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Lindsey Beck (Three Rivers Community College, CT). Reducing Stress. ONE STUDENT'S STORY: Jaime Sanmiguel (Miami Dade College, FL). Creating Flow. Emotional Intelligence at Work. Believing in Yourself: Develop Self-Love. EMBRACING CHANGE: Do One Thing Different This Week. Wise Choices in College: Money Management. 9. STAYING ON COURSE TO YOUR SUCCESS. Planning Your Next Steps.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439085226
Author:
Downing, Skip
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Author:
Downing, Skip (Skip Downing)
Subject:
Careers - General
Subject:
Guidance & Orientation
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Study Skills
Subject:
Careers
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Plus
Publication Date:
20100101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.10x7.30x.70 in. 1.25 lbs.

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