Tips To Succeed in College

Posted on September 9, 2016. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , |

Going to college can be exciting, fun, intimidating, and overwhelming all at once. Here at the library, we love to help. Feel free to ask us any questions you have. If you prefer learning on your own or at your own pace, why not check out one of these books that give advice on how to succeed in college.

9781285194509_p0_v1_s192x300100% Student Success
by Gwenn Wilson

“100% Student Success… promotes student achievement by addressing practical student tasks such as note-taking and reading strategies, while encouraging students to develop skills like critical thinking, goal-setting, time management, and balancing life responsibilities with school—all skills that will serve them well beyond college. The third edition of 100% Student Success retains important features such as self-assessment questions and Apply It! exercises, and now features earlier presentation of communication skills, more on avoiding plagiarism, and coverage of social media” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781440829291_p0_v1_s192x300African American Student’s Guide to College Success
by F. Erik Brooks and Glenn L. Starks.

“This encouraging guide coaches African American and first-generation college students on strategies for maximizing their experiences and success on university campuses.

  • Offers strategies to assist African American students with succeeding in college.
  • Reveals stories of African American graduates and tips for assimilating into an academic environment.
  • Provides detailed and updated resources on schools and organizations.
  • Explains logistics, operations, and terms used on college campuses” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781435462373_p0_v1_s192x300FOCUS on College and Career Success
by Steve Stanley and Constance Staley

FOCUS on College and Career Success is uniquely equipped to turn the tides regarding retention among first-year college students, particularly at career, technical, and proprietary schools. Visually appealing, research-based, and highly motivational, this text thoroughly engages students with direct applications and immediate results…Thoroughly researched, the text covers the topics most important to student success and incorporates the underlying themes of professionalism, motivation, and self-discipline throughout” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781137405937_p0_v2_s192x300Get Sorted: How To Make the Most of Your Student Experience
by Jeff Gill and Will Medd

“This book is about you. It’s about how you can shape your student experience based on what matters to you. It helps you to ‘get sorted,’ take control and make the most of your time at college or university. This unique and practical self-coaching guide bridges the gap between student life, academic performance and employability skills. It actively encourages students to discover ways to shape their outlooks and experiences… Regardless of your subject, level of study or reasons for doing a degree, Get Sorted will prove invaluable in helping you to navigate the challenges of your student journey, and beyond” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780321918536_p0_v1_s192x300Keys 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).

9780321908933_p0_v1_s192x300Make College Work for you
by Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez, Bradley University.

“Make College Work for You is a guidebook, a roadmap, a primer to help college students learn how to develop and practice the skill sets and discipline needed for success in class, extracurricular activities, and jobs. This program provides:

  • Personalized Learning with MyStudentSuccessLab: Whether face-to-face or online, MyStudentSuccessLab helps students build the skills they need through peer-led video interviews, interactive practice exercises, and activities that provide academic, life, and professionalism skills.
  • Academic Excellence: Practice and achieve excellence in academic learning, through grit, in-class performance, effective study habits, and intential selection of programs and courses.
  • Skill Set Development: Learn and hone marketable abilities: communication skills, critical and creative thinking, teamwork and leadership, networking and mentoring, and wellness management.
  • Experiential Learning: Discover and build crucial skills and character development through hands-on volunteerism, apprenticeship, and leadership roles on campus and in the larger community” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780134051734_p0_v1_s192x300The snarktastic guide to college success
edited by Sandra Mizumoto Posey and Teague von Bohlen

This alternative approach to college success strategies focuses on presenting information in a different tone. In terms of information, this is the sort of advice that students used to have to get from older and wiser fellow students, from TAs feeling exceptionally generous one day after class, or from (horrors!) figuring it out themselves.

The trouble with learning these lessons on your own is that by the time you figure it out, you’ve either nearly or already graduated. This book allows incoming students to ‘figure it out’ in time to put it to use. And the alternative tone—the ‘snark’ in Snarktastic—is what makes all that wholesome, mentally nutritious information go down easy, like the chocolate coating on a granola bar…

Funny, irreverent, honest, and chock-full of useful stuff. It’s all here, from choosing a seat on the first day of class to how paying attention to who’s wearing backpacks can save a lot of grief. And that only scratches the snarky surface” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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