Written by the leading authorities in the field, Your College Experience offers today's diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. While maintaining its hallmark theme of goal setting, the book provides practical strategies across all topics to help college students be successful from the start. The book features a strong emphasis on the ten research-based High Impact Practices suggested by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Chapters on Emotional Intelligence, Thinking, and Wellness are included, with tools and strategies that students can use on campus right w, integrated throughout. Features: * The latest research on the First-Year Experience. This book represents t only the practical experience of the authors' extensive careers teaching and directing this course, but also the culmination of decades of research. * A focus on self-assessment of strengths and goal setting. This hallmark feature helps students focus on purpose and motivation to encourage engagement. A section on goal setting in Chapter 1 gets students planning early. 'Assessing Your Strengths and Setting Goals' boxes in each chapter ask students to set goals and 'Stay on Track' exercises at the end of each chapter ask students to assess how to apply strengths to current and future academic work. * 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, and planning for the future: self-assessments for learning styles and multiple intelligences, formulas for calculating caffeine intake, planners for weekly to-do lists and career development, 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 antating a textbook, creating a mind map, multiple styles of taking tes, and other strategies for academic success. This edition includes models from digital source to reflect the tools students will be using in their everyday lives. * 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. * Where to Go for Help Boxes connect the student to campus, faculty, and other students. 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.
John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to students as an author. The recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, John has over forty years of experience directing and teaching in the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. John is universally recognized as one of the country's leading educators for his role in initiating and orchestrating an international reform movement to improve the beginning college experience, a concept he coined as the first-year experience. He is the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at USC, as well as the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (www.jngi.org), both based in Brevard, N.C. Betsy O. Barefoot is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first-year seminar. During her tenure at USC from 1988 to 1999, she served as codirector for research and publications at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She also taught University 101 and graduate courses on the first-year experience and the principles of college teaching. She conducts first-year seminar faculty training workshops around the world and is frequently called on to evaluate first-year seminar outcomes. Betsy is codirector and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education both in Brevard, N.C. In her Policy Center role she led a major national research project to identify institutions of excellence in the first college year. She currently works with both two- and four-year campuses in evaluating all components of the first year.
Betsy O. Barefoot, John N. Gardner
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