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This book is not required: a survival manual for students
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9781412980388Terri L. Anderson; John Gunderson; Inge Bell; Bernard McGraneThis Book Is Not Required: An Emotional and Intellectual Survival Manual for StudentsThe Fourth Edition of the classic This Book is Not Required: A Success Manual for First-Year Students breaks new ground in participatory education, offering insight and inspiration to help undergraduates make the most of their university years. This edition continues to teach about the university experience as a whole--looking at the personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual demands and opportunities--while incorporating new material highly relevant to today's students. The material is presented in a personable and straightforward manner, maintaining Dr. Inge Bell's illuminating writing style throughout, and inviting students to take responsibility for, and make the most of, their educational experiences. New to This Edition: - Features two new chapters, "Technology" (Chapter 3) and "Survival Skills" (Chapter 12), as well as new material on academic integrity, including the increased prevalence of cheating through the Internet. Key Features: - Offers real-life student vignettes that address current issues facing university students - Encourages a participatory university education and personal reflection for students in many different disciplines - Includes three bonus appendices: "For Teachers and Students Using this Book"; "A Primer on 'Buddhist Sociology' Pioneered by Inge Bell"; and "Short Biographies of the 'Team Bell' Members". - Description from Syndetics
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The first-generation college experience
by Baldwin, Amy

9780137071234Amy BaldwinThe First-Generation College ExperienceThe First Generation Experience  is the only college success book written specifically to serve first generation students. It is for students who need a little extra attention and support to have a firm footing in the academic world.   It is about helping those students who have felt disenfranchised, disengaged, and disappointed by the educational system to empower themselves with the knowledge and the skills necessary to imagine and realize and new future. It is also a book about change, specifically transformation. The word itself has multiple meanings in different academic disciplines, but the idea of transformation most closely applies to the intentional process by which we help students change as individuals, as scholars, and as citizens of their communities. - Description from Syndetics
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Balancing two worlds: Asian American college student stories
by Garrod, Andrew; Kilkenny, Robert

9780801473845Andrew Garrod (Editor); Robert Kilkenny (Editor); Vernon Takeshita (Afterword by); Russell C. Leong (Introduction by)Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories"Those who find themselves living in the Americas, no matter what their ethnic, educational, or economic background, must ultimately 'become their own personalities, ' melding their point of view with their points of origin and their places of settlement. For immigrant or refugee families and their children, this 'process of becoming' often means struggling with the contradictions of race, generation, economics, class, work, religion, gender, and sexuality within the family, workplace, or school. . . . Perhaps nowhere is the struggle more raw, poignant, and moving than in the words of the younger generation at the cusp of such becoming. We readers can also find insights within the candid accounts of their personal lives and in the experiences of their family and friends."--from Balancing Two WorldsBalancing Two Worlds highlights themes surrounding the creation of Asian American identity. This book contains fourteen first-person narratives by Asian American college students, most of whom have graduated during the first five years of the twenty-first century. Their engaging accounts detail the students' very personal struggles with issues of assimilation, gender, religion, sexuality, family conflicts, educational stereotypes, and being labeled the "model minority." Some of the students relate stories drawn from their childhood and adolescent experiences, while others focus more on their college experiences at Dartmouth. Anyone who wants to learn about the changing concept of race in America and what it's like to be a young American of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, or South Asian descent--from educators and college administrators to students and their families--will find Balancing Two Worlds a compelling read and a valuable resource. - Description from Syndetics
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What You're Really Meant to Do
by Kaplan, Robert Steven

9781422189900Robert Steven KaplanWhat You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique PotentialHow do you create your own definition of success--and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to "success" as defined by those around us--and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied. Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing--for now--leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan, leadership expert and author of the highly successful book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror , regularly advises executives and students on how to tackle these questions. In this indispensable new book, Kaplan shares a specific and actionable approach to defining your own success and reaching your potential. Drawing on his years of experience, Kaplan proposes an integrated plan for identifying and achieving your goals. He outlines specific steps and exercises to help you understand yourself more deeply, take control of your career, and build your capabilities in a way that fits yourpassions and aspirations. Are you doing what you're really meant to do? If you're ready to face this question, this book can help you change your life. - Description from Syndetics
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Financial basics: a money-management guide for students
by Knox, Susan

9780814251300Susan KnoxFinancial Basics: A Money-Management Guide for Students"In Financial Basics, Knox blends her money-management experience with her desire to inform and help students master their finances: she shares experiences about money lessons learned in college, and offers sound solutions and advice for students and their families. Since everyone does not handle money in the same way, Knox gives money-management options for readers to find their best way." "The book includes helpful worksheets and is written in an easy-to-read style, using testimonials and examples that will ring true to students."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved - Description from Syndetics
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How to Study in College
by Pauk, Walter; Owens, Ross J. Q

9781133960782Walter Pauk; Ross J. Q. OwensHow to Study in CollegeOver a million students have transformed adequate work into academic achievement with this best-selling text. HOW TO STUDY IN COLLEGE sets students on the path to success by helping them build a strong foundation of study skills, and learn how to gain, retain, and explain information. Based on widely tested educational and learning theories, HOW TO STUDY IN COLLEGE teaches study techniques such as visual thinking, active listening, concentration, note taking, and test taking, while also incorporating material on vocabulary building. Questions in the Margin, based on the Cornell Note Taking System, places key questions about content in the margins of the text to provide students with a means for reviewing and reciting the main ideas. Students then use this technique--the Q-System--to formulate their own questions. The Eleventh Edition maintains the straightforward and traditional academic format that has made HOW TO STUDY IN COLLEGE the leading study skills text in the market. - Description from Syndetics
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Getting from College to Career
by Pollak, Lindsey

9780062069276Lindsey PollakGetting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World"A well-written, lively and easy to follow guide." --Time.com "Perfect for today's students, who inevitably want what they want (and only that!) when they want it." --Campus Career Advisor Getting from College to Career by Career Expert and Global Spokesperson for LinkedIn, Lindsey Pollak, is an insightful, essential world guide for college students and recent graduates who are preparing to embark upon a career beyond the university walls. Now newly revised to reflect the most recent changes in the economy and job market, these "90 things to do before you join the real world" will give every young grad a head start, providing essential information for adapting to and succeeding in a marketplace that is now more competitive than ever. - Description from Syndetics
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Cornerstones for community college success
by Sherfield, Robert M; Moody, Patricia G

9780137073382Robert M. Sherfield; Patricia G. MoodyCornerstones for Community College SuccessProvides step-by-step guidance on delivering effective language and literacy lessons and assessing students' progress using the International English series to ensure reading comprehension, writing and speaking and listening skill are taught effectively and consistently. It includes clear guidance on using all the student book features including ideas to launch each unit, advice on getting the most from the text extracts and end of unit tests and longer revision tests with all answers tohelp you access students' progress easily. A CD-ROM supports your planning and assessment needs and included audio recordings of text extracts, customisable planning and assessment checklists, and digital versions of all student book extracts for your interactive whiteboard. - Description from Syndetics
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Focus on community college success
by Staley, Constance Courtney

9781133316466Constance StaleyFOCUS on Community College SuccessFOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS 3e speaks directly to the community college student, delivering strategies for navigating the unique challenges of juggling school, family, and work, and living/studying at home. Updated with the most current research, this forward-thinking text continues to strive to improve student retention, motivation, and engagement as well as offer proof of student progress and course efficacy through the Entrance and Exit Interviews. The THIRD EDITION includes expanded coverage of multitasking throughout the book with more strategies for helping students reduce distractions and focus on important tasks. A new section on Academic Professionalism defines what it means to be a professional student and shows students how they can build a positive reputation in the classroom. Staley, a leader in the field of motivation, helps students develop realistic expectations of what it takes to learn while encouraging and engaging them with direct applications and immediate results. - Description from Syndetics
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Student's guide to writing college papers
by Turabian, Kate L; Colomb, Gregory G; Williams, Joseph M

9780226816302Kate L. Turabian; Gregory G. Colomb (Editor); Joseph M. Williams (Editor); University of Chicago Press Staff (Editor)Student's Guide to Writing College PapersHigh school students, two-year college students, and university students all need to know how to write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper--and for decades Kate Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers has helped them to develop this critical skill. In the new fourth edition of Turabian's popular guide, the team behind Chicago's widely respected The Craft of Research has reconceived and renewed this classic for today's generation. Designed for less advanced writers than Turabian's Manual of Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition , Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams here introduce students to the art of defining a topic, doing high-quality research with limited resources, and writing an engaging and solid college paper. The Student's Guide is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, "Writing Your Paper," guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures. Part 2, "Citing Sources," begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work--Chicago, MLA, and APA--all with full coverage of electronic source citation. Part 3, "Style," covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers. With the authority and clarity long associated with the name Turabian, the fourth edition of Student's Guide to Writing College Papers is both a solid introduction to the research process and a convenient handbook to the best practices of writing college papers. Classroom tested and filled with relevant examples and tips, this is a reference that students, and their teachers, will turn to again and again. - Description from Syndetics
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