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June 2020
June 2020
Page Count: 
400 (est)
ISBN (Digital): 

College Success

Version 3.0 By: Bruce Beiderwell and Tom Lochhaas
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Key Features:

  • Includes information about COVID-19 and an expanded discussion of online learning
  • Practical, no-nonsense approach is easily understood and can be successfully applied by students with any level of preparation.
  • Clearly organized, consistent structure supports learning by students with varying levels of preparation.
  • Complete coverage of online learning is integrated throughout all chapters, including online degree programs, electronic texts, digital testing and online assessments, online social networking, reading and working with websites, relating to instructors and peers online, and writing for online courses.
  • Insight-generating self-assessments woven throughout stimulate and support active reading, self-reflection, and critical thought.
  • Particularly strong coverage of adapting to college (Ch. 1: “You and Your College Experience”); note taking (Ch. 3: “Listening, Taking Notes, and Remembering”); test taking (Ch. 6: Preparing for and Taking Tests”); and financial literacy (Ch. 11: “Taking Control of Your Finances”) helps students succeed.
  • Consistent, supportive framework reinforces learning:
    • “Where Are You Now?” assessments at the start of each chapter help students gauge their present knowledge and attitudes regarding upcoming chapter topics.
    • “Where Do You Want to Go?” assessments build upon the preceding “Where Are You Now?” questions and help students determine what they want to get out of the following chapter.
    • “How to Get There” bullet-point summaries connect what students discovered about themselves in the chapter-opening assessments to the chapter’s upcoming material.
    • Interactive self-assessments, case studies, and tips for success strategically placed throughout each chapter engage students’ interest and take advantage of teachable moments to convey important information.
    • Additional interactive features throughout:
      • “Activity” feature provides opportunities for students to critically evaluate and process their own thoughts, actions, and behaviors—and raises learners’ levels of awareness to stimulate self-improvement.  
      • “Exercise” feature prompts students to reflect on the material just read and interact with key concepts via written responses to prompts.
      • “Make an Action List” feature encourages learners to turn thoughts and intentions into measurable steps.
    • “Key Takeaways” and “Checkpoint Exercises” at the end of every section reflect the section’s “Learning Objectives” and encourage students to consolidate what they just read while it is fresh and best retained.
    • End-of-chapter material include “Chapter Takeaway” summaries; “Chapter Reviews” which call for written responses; “Outside the Book” sections that expand learning opportunities through activities such as journaling; “Make an Action List” features that help students transition from thinking to doing; and “Class Discussion Questions” that connect students and encourage interaction.

College Success is intended for courses that encourage first-year and at-risk college students to persist in their programs of study and achieve their educational goals. Courses may be called College Success, The College Experience, Succeeding in College, First-Year or Freshman Orientation, or similar names and are offered for full, partial, or no credit at most two- and many four-year colleges and universities.

College Success provides crucial information students need to take control of their college experiences and meet or exceed their educational and life goals. This is not a textbook full of theory and extensive detail that merely discusses student success. Rather, it is a straightforward, “how-to” approach for succeeding in college. The book provides realistic, practical guidance on a range of topics, including study skills, personal health, test-taking, and managing time and money. Most importantly, College Success is accessible—it presents information in a simple, concise, and student-friendly format.

New in This Version:
  • Developing grit for success (Ch. 1)
  • New reading tips for foreign language texts and ELL students (Ch. 5)
  • Digital vs. printed textbooks: what studies show (Ch. 5)
  • Test taking in online courses (Ch. 6)
  • Dealing with racism (Ch. 9)
  • New dietary guidelines (Ch. 10)
  • Coping with stress (Ch. 10)
  • Substance abuse information (Ch. 10)
  • Budgeting success (Ch. 11)
  • Online courses (multiple chapters)
  • New embedded video links in all chapters for visual learners and online courses
  • New and updated references and additional resources throughout
  • Early impacts of COVID-19 on Health and the rapid expansion of online learning
    • Changes in higher education during and after a pandemic (Ch. 1)
    • Greatly expanded material on taking online courses (many chapters), including:
      • Adjusting to online courses during periods of social isolation (Ch.1)
      • Test taking in online courses (Ch. 6)
      • Forming online study groups (Ch. 6)
    • Staying healthy and preventing infectious disease per CDC and other guidelines (Ch. 10) such as:
      • Handwashing guidelines
      • Wearing masks, making your own, keeping a mask clean
      • Making your own disinfectant 
    • Substance abuse in a time of pandemic (Ch. 10): 
      • Adverse impacts of smoking and vaping on outcomes for those infected with COVID-19
      • Alcohol’s impact on the immune system and the associated increased risk of infection
    • Coping with stress during a health crisis (Ch. 10)

All Instructor Supplements will be available by July 15, 2020.

Homework System for this title will be live by July 15, 2020.
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: You and Your College Experience

  • 1.1 Welcome to College!
  • 1.2 Who Are You, Really?
  • 1.3 Different Worlds of Different Students
  • 1.4 How You Learn
  • 1.5 What Is College, Really?
  • 1.6 Let’s Talk about Success
  • 1.7 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 2: Staying Motivated, Organized, and On Track

  • 2.1 Goals and Time Management
  • 2.2 Setting and Reaching Goals
  • 2.3 Organizing Your Space
  • 2.4 Organizing Your Time
  • 2.5 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 3: Thinking about Thought

  • 3.1 It’s All in Your Head
  • 3.2 Types of Thinking
  • 3.3 It’s Critical
  • 3.4 Searching for “Aha!”
  • 3.5 Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • 3.6 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 4: Listening, Taking Notes, and Remembering

  • 4.1 This Is Not Like High School; This Is Not Like Work
  • 4.2 Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • 4.3 Are You Ready for Class?
  • 4.4 Are You Really Listening?
  • 4.5 Got Notes?
  • 4.6 Remembering Course Materials
  • 4.7 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 5: Reading to Learn

  • 5.1 Reading to Learn
  • 5.2 Are You Ready for the Big Leagues?
  • 5.3 How Do You Read to Learn?
  • 5.4 Dealing with Special Texts
  • 5.5 Building Your Vocabulary
  • 5.6 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 6: Preparing for and Taking Tests

  • 6.1 Tested at Every Turn
  • 6.2 Test Anxiety and How to Control It
  • 6.3 Studying to Learn (Not Just for Tests)
  • 6.4 Taking Tests
  • 6.5 The Secrets of the Q and A’s
  • 6.6 The Honest Truth
  • 6.7 Using Test Results
  • 6.8 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 7: Interacting with Instructors and Classes

  • 7.1 Interacting with the College Experience
  • 7.2 Why Attend Classes at All?
  • 7.3 Participating in Class
  • 7.4 Communicating with Instructors
  • 7.5 Public Speaking and Class Presentations
  • 7.6 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 8: Writing for Classes

  • 8.1 The Importance of Writing
  • 8.2 What’s Different about College Writing?
  • 8.3 How Can I Become a Better Writer?
  • 8.4 Other Kinds of Writing in College Classes
  • 8.5 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 9: The Social World of College

  • 9.1 Social Life, College Life
  • 9.2 Getting Along with Others
  • 9.3 Diversity on Campus
  • 9.4 Campus Groups
  • 9.5 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 10: Taking Control of Your Health

  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 Preventing Infectious Disease
  • 10.3 Nutrition and Weight Control
  • 10.4 Activity and Exercise
  • 10.5 Sleep
  • 10.6 Substance Use and Abuse
  • 10.7 Stress
  • 10.8 Emotional Health and Happiness
  • 10.9 Sexual Health
  • 10.10 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 11: Taking Control of Your Finances

  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 Financial Goals and Realities
  • 11.3 Making Money
  • 11.4 Spending Less
  • 11.5 Credit Cards
  • 11.6 Financing College and Looking Ahead
  • 11.7 Chapter Activities
  • Chapter 12: Taking Control of Your Future

  • 12.1 A Journey Begins…
  • 12.2 The Dream of a Lifetime
  • 12.3 Career Exploration
  • 12.4 Choosing Your Major
  • 12.5 Getting the Right Stuff
  • 12.6 Career Development Starts Now
  • 12.7 The Power of Networking
  • 12.8 Résumés and Cover Letters
  • 12.9 Interviewing for Success
  • 12.10 Chapter Activities
  • All Instructor Supplements will be available by July 15, 2020.

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    Bruce Beiderwell University of California - Los Angeles

    Bruce Beiderwell (PhD University of California, Los Angeles) is former Director of UCLA Writing Programs. He regularly taught developmental writing classes that served students who arrived at UCLA without the preparation or skills they needed to succeed. To further the Writing Program’s success, Bruce worked closely with colleagues in English as a Second Language, Library Science, Athletics, and Counseling to identify, place, and instruct at-risk students. Throughout his academic career, Bruce was integrally involved in student placement and curriculum development and consulted extensively on the development of teaching materials for use in business settings.

    Tom Lochhaas

    Tom Lochhaas (MFA University of Arizona; ABD Washington University) is a teacher, professional writer, editor, and consultant. Tom has taught at the University of Arizona, Otterbein College, Washington University, and UCLA. His teaching focus has been on first-year courses with an emphasis on reading, writing, and study and communication skills. He has a special interest in working with underprepared students and recent immigrants. As a college instructor, Tom has always stressed what students actually need—not necessarily what others might think they need—to succeed in their studies. He specializes in making textbooks accessible for students in many curriculum areas including communications, software and technical manuals, and public health information. In his work with public organizations such as the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council, Tom has applied a recognized expertise in language and instructional design to ensure that a wide range of publications are appropriate for their intended audiences. This extensive writing background and student-centered teaching philosophy has shaped his approach to writing for the college success course.

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