Getting the Most Out of College

Getting the Most Out of College

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For course in Freshman Orientation/Student Success.

This comprehensive, hands-on guide to the total college experience goes beyond study skills, test taking, and time management to help students 1) manage the transition into college, assess their strengths and weaknesses, get a larger perspective on what they can learn, and clarify their purposes; 2) move through college by understanding what we know about learning, maximizing their learning from courses and out-of-class experiences, managing interpersonal relationships, and using good study skills; and 3) plan their transition to life after college, reviewing what they are taking with them and anticipating various life span challenges. Anchored in sixty years of research concerning educationally powerful environments and college impacts on student development and learning, it features an abundance of illustrative cases and innovative self-diagnostic exercises and planning activities-giving students powerful tools to maximize their own learning and personal development by applying basic concepts and strategies to their own conditions, situations, and behavior. Throughout, all basic concepts are presented in straightforward language illustrated with quotations and examples from contemporary undergraduates.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 176 x 232 x 6mm | 458.14g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130607134
  • 9780130607133

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In this book, you will find the information you need to make your educational experience a valuable step in achieving your career and personal goals. Anchored in sixty years of research, Getting the Most Out of College uses eye-opening self-assessments so you can apply the concepts to your own life. Presented in straightforward language, the text will help you:

clarify your goals and your purpose for being in school devote the time, energy, and emotion required to meet your goals identify opportunities and activities that will contribute to your learning make the most of your total college experience, including developing relationships develop the skills and competencies you need to succeed maximize your use of campus resources balance academic and non-academic life

Take charge of your own education! This book will help you build learning that lasts.
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Table of contents


1. College Changes Your Life.
2. Your Purposes: You Can Learn More than You Think.
3. Taking Stock.

4. What You Need to Know about Learning.
5. Deciding on a Major.
6. Maximizing Learning from Courses and Classes.
7. Maximizing Learning Beyond Courses and Classes.
8. Developing Mature Relationships.
9. Time Management, Learning, and Test Taking.
10. Taking Control and Keeping It.
11. Seven Principles for Doing Your Best.

12. Where Are You Going from Here?
13. Taking It with You.
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