John N. Gardner
Betsy O. Barefoot
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The latest research on the First-Year Experience. This book represents not only the practical experience of the authors' extensive careers teaching and directing this course, but also the culmination of decades of research, disseminated through two national higher education centers which they have founded and directed.
A streamlined Table of Contents perfect for skills-based courses focuses on what is essential for academic success.
Guided reading prompts and exercises that help students master concepts.
A focus on self-assessment of strengths and goal setting. The text helps students focus on purpose and motivation — and reinforce engagement in this course. A section on goal setting in Chapter 1 gets students thinking about this important topic from the get-go, and Assessing Your Strengths and Setting Goals boxes at the beginning of each chapter provide opportunity for self-assessment and goal setting.
Practical tools to use in college and in life. Your College Experience gives students more tools than any book of its kind for understanding themselves, making decisions, learning to think critically, and planning for the future: self-assessments for learning styles and multiple intelligences, planners for weekly to-do lists, and more.
Models that 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 annotating a textbook, creating a mind map, multiple styles of taking notes, and other strategies for academic success.
Where to Go for Help boxes connect the text to student experiences. To help students take more control of their own success, every chapter includes a quick overview of further resources for support, including learning assistance centers, books, Web sites, and fellow students — with a prompt for students to add their own ideas to link the book to their own campuses.
Critical thinking questions and exercises in every chapter. Features, photos, and exercises include activities to help students master concepts and think critically about the material.
An increased focus on technology and learning. Tech Tips in every chapter ask students to apply many of the technology skills they may already have in an academic setting.
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