Synopses & Reviews
Success in college requires more than just intellect. Motivation, focus, and discipline are key. And one book shows you how to use that key to drive your personal success in college--and beyond. Research-based and highly motivational, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS thoroughly engages you with direct applications and immediate results. While college success tactics may seem like common sense, many are not. Written by a leader in the field of motivation and focus, the text covers topics, tools, and techniques THAT WILL DELIVER RESULTS. By learning these skills early on, you can avoid many of the pitfalls into which so many students stumble. All of the book's exercises and activities are designed specifically to help you learn more about yourself and help you focus on what you need to do to succeed. Going well beyond college, these lessons will help you in your career and your personal life. Tools help you chart your progress through the text. Did you know that your odds of completing college successfully go up after you take the college success course? That makes FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS a no-brainer.
"Overall, getting the students engaged with text is challenging, but FOCUS does a really good job in that area. It is VERY cool that the book has lent itself to 'spurts' of information as needed and appropriate. And when I would mention things from various chapters, I would see in their body language that they were getting it. Some texts are so compartmentalized that connections can be hard to make. FOCUS is smooth and connected throughout." --Alice Godbey, Daytona State College
"The biggest challenge is having students understand the importance of the course as well as the material. They all still feel as though they do not need this course or the material, even though they all have experienced many of the issues that are covered in the textbook. This textbook does a great job linking the material to their personality, college performance, and career, which does help to show the importance of the course." --Shane Williamson, Lindenwood University
About the Author
Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has directed the Freshman Seminar Program for 20 years. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Staley is the author of a multimedia training package for first-year seminar instructors, as well as the ground-breaking resource manual 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LECTERN. A well-known name in FYE circles, Staley is a leader in instructor workshop training nation-wide. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching in the former Soviet Union in 1996. Dr. Staley received a B.A. in education from Ball State University, and an M.A. in linguistics and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS, and FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS CONCISE for Cengage Learning, and the co-author of FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS with Steve Staley.
Table of Contents
1. BUILDING DREAMS, SETTING GOALS FOCUS Challenge Case: Gloria Gonzales Who Are You? And What Do You Want? Spending Time "in the System" How Motivated Are You and How Are You Motivated? Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment Ability versus Effort: What's More Important? What Drives You? Values, Dreams, and Goals College Success: You Make the Call 2. LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING FOCUS Challenge Case: Tammy Ko Go to the HEAD of the Class: Learning and the Brain Take Charge and Create the Best Conditions for Learning Multiple Intelligences: How Are You Smart? How Do You Perceive and Process Information? What Role Does Your Personality Play? 3. MANAGING YOUR TIME AND ENERGY FOCUS Challenge Case: Derek Johnson Time Management Isn't Enough Energy, Our Most Precious Resource "I'll Study in My Free Time" . . . and When Is That? Schedule Your Way to Success To Do or Not to Do? There Is No Question How Time Flies! The P Word. Read This Section Now! . . . or Maybe Tomorrow . . . or the Next Day . . . or . . . Beyond Juggling: Realistically Manage Work, School, and Personal Life 4. THINKING CRITICALLY AND CREATIVELY FOCUS Challenge Case: Annie Miller Why Think Critically? A Four-Part Model of Critical Thinking Becoming a Better Critical Thinker Unleash Your Creativity! Creativity: "Thinking Outside the . . . Book" 5. DEVELOPING INFORMATION LITERACY, WRITING, AND SPEAKING SKILLS FOCUS Challenge Case: Dario Jones Technology Skills: Wireless, Windowed, Webbed, and Wikied Research Skills and Your College Success Information Literacy and Your College Success Downloading Your Workload: The Easy Way Out? 6. ENGAGING, LISTENING, AND NOTE-TAKING IN CLASS FOCUS Challenge Case: Lindsey Collier Get Engaged in Class Listening with Focus Taking Notes: Ask and You Shall Receive How Do You Know What's Important? Taking Lecture Notes: Different Strokes for Different Folks Using Lecture Notes 7. DEVELOPING YOUR MEMORY FOCUS Challenge Case: Darnell Williams Memory: The Long and Short of It The Three R's of Remembering: Record, Retain, Retrieve Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory How Our Memories (uh . . . hmmm . . .) Fail Us This Is Your Memory on Drugs Deepen Your Memory 8. READING AND STUDYING FOCUS Challenge Case: Katie Alexander Who Needs to Read? Read Right! Meta-what? Metacognition, Reading, and Studying Becoming an Intentional Learner: Make a Master Study Plan Sprinting to the Finish Line: How to Study When the Heat Is On Integrated Learning: Learning Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts 9. TAKING TESTS FOCUS Challenge Case: Joe Cloud Testing 1, 2, 3 . . . Show What You Know Before the Test: Calm Your Nerves by Preparing Carefully During the Test: Focus and Work Hard Taking Objective Tests Taking Subjective Essay Tests Don't Cheat Yourself! After the Test: Continue to Learn 10. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, VALUING DIVERSITY FOCUS Challenge Case: Kia Washington The Heart of College Success What Is Emotional Intelligence? Can Emotional Intelligence Be Improved? Communicating in Important Relationships Managing Conflict: Life Is Not a Sitcom Diversity Makes a Difference Appreciate the American Mosaic Think Globally; Act Locally 11. WORKING TOWARD WELLNESS FOCUS Challenge Case: Anthony Lopez Health, Education, and Welfare Physical Health: In Sickness and in Health Mental Health: Up or Down Spiritual Health: Department of the Interior You Take the Wheel! 12. CHOOSING A COLLEGE MAJOR AND CAREER FOCUS Challenge Case: Ethan Cole What's the Connection? How to Choose a Major and a Career How to Launch a Career Managing Money for Success My, How You've Grown! Goodbye and Good Luck!