Helping Freshmen Succeed

Posted on September 4, 2015. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , |

New to college? Starting college can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Here are a few books that can help you develop study strategies, advocate for yourself, and plan for your future.

book cover for Effective College LearningEffective College Learning
by Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Sherrie L. Nist-Olejnik

“The Effective College Learning authors do more than prepare readers for academic success; they prepare them for lifelong learning. Readers not only learn how we learn, but why we learn, and they’re shown how to be active in their learning. The stunning design keeps the reader engaged through the generous use of visuals and a ‘chunked’ design that makes locating key information easy” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Keys to Community College SuccessKeys To Community College Success
by Carol J. Carter, Sarah Lyman Kravits

“Keys to Community College Success sets the standard for connecting academic success to success beyond school, showing students how to apply strategies within college, career, and life. This seventh edition retains Keys‘ tried-and-true emphasis on thinking skills and problem solving, re-imagined with two goals in mind: One, a risk and reward framework that reflects the demands today’s students face, and two, a focus on student experience specific to two-year schools with a more extensive research base and increased metacognition, helping students get a degree, get skills, or work toward a transfer

Keys to Community College Success helps students take ownership, develop academic and transferable skills, and show the results of commitment and action so they are well equipped with the concentration, commitment, focus, and persistence necessary to succeed” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Educated StudentThe Educated Student: Getting the Most Out of Your College Years
by Richard Labunski

“This practical and easy-to-read book provides useful tips and detailed advice for every student who wants to do well in college and prepare for a fulfilling career. Students will learn to take notes and study for exams; write impressive research papers; select the right major; balance school and work; develop a good relationship with professors; and find fun activities that help with a career. Parents will discover what they can do to be helpful and supportive” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Community College SuccessCommunity College Success: You Are Not Alone: How To Finish with Friends, Scholarships, Internships, and The Career of Your Dreams
by Isa Adney

“While community colleges give first-generation students a chance to open the door to education, simply walking through that door is not enough. Once there, many students feel completely alone. As members of a rapidly growing population, these students are in desperate need of a practical, friendly, and useful resource.
Community College Success gives historically under-represented students the strategic and motivational tools they need to be their own advocates and achieve their education and their dreams” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Dean's ListDean’s List: Eleven Habits of Highly Successful College Students
by John B. Bader

“With a solid GPA, numerous extracurricular achievements, and an acceptance letter from an excellent college, it seems that all of your hard work in school has paid off. Now what? What can you expect from college life, and how can you get the most out of it? This book answers these questions to help you excel in college.

Deans at America’s top institutions tell you what you need to know to have a rich and rewarding college experience. Armed with an insider’s perspective, you will develop habits critical for college success, including: focusing on learning, not on grades; building an adult relationship with your parents; working the system by understanding the system; learning from diversity at home and abroad; coping with failure; planning boldly for life after college” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover Living the College LifeLiving the College Life: Real Students, Real Experiences, Real Advice
by Ken Paulsen

Living the College Life helps you overcome the Freshman Fear Factor! College will be one of the most exciting and intimidating times of your life, and you’re going to have questions as you head into this new experience. Living the College Life gives you real answers to common questions—answers from students who have ‘been there, done that.’ More than 100 upperclassmen and recent graduates from colleges all over the country candidly discuss what worked—and what didn’t work—for them.

Topics include what to take with you (this book, for example), academics, social and campus life, relationships, and money. Questions cut to the chase: How should I handle alcohol issues? How can I deal with the roommate from hell? Should I take advantage of that great-sounding credit card? Should I withdraw from that class I’m having trouble in? Should I join a sorority or fraternity? Should I take a computer? Laptop or desktop? How often should I go home? (Don’t ask your mother that question!) Issues are discussed in a quick, painless question/answer format” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

“This book offers teens the confidence, strategies, and guidance they need to effectively choose a college, get prepared for university life, and make the most of their collegiate experience. Students will learn about their rights under the laws governing education and disability, self-advocacy, choosing a college, how having a physical disability affects admissions testing, the increased responsibilities of college, and how to make sure they get everything they need. The book contains forms, checklists, interviews with other students, advice from college disability services personnel, and profiles of disability-friendly colleges across the United States” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for 10 Things Employers Want You10 Things Employers Want You To Learn in College: The Skills You Need To Succeed
by Bill Coplin

“Award-winning college professor and adviser Bill Coplin lays down the essential skills students need to survive and succeed in today’s job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, HR specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches students how to maximize their college experience by focusing on ten crucial skill groups: Work Ethic, Physical Performance, Speaking, Writing, Teamwork, Influencing People, Research, Number Crunching, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving. 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College gives students the tools they need to prepare during their undergraduate years to impress potential employers, land a higher-paying job, and start on the road to career security and satisfaction” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

 -by Kevin Purtell and Gretchen Schneider
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