Higher Education

Light on the Path: A Christian Perspective on College Success, 3rd Edition

  • John A. Beck Concordia University, Wisconsin
  • Marmy A. Clason Concordia University, Wisconsin
  • ISBN-10: 1439085528  |  ISBN-13: 9781439085523
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
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About

Overview

LIGHT ON THE PATH offers new college students advice and encouragement designed to foster greater happiness and success. John Beck and Marmy Clason blend time-tested instruction with insights drawn from God's Word, allowing Christian students to grow spiritually as they become comfortable with their new learning environment. This first-year success textbook distinguishes itself from others by adding the Bible's beacon of light to the traditional direction and encouragement offered to first-year college students.

Features and Benefits

  • Exercises for Success with practical applications help students practice important study skills.
  • Spiritual Reflection Journals invite students to write reflectively about a notable Bible passage and the way it applies to personal experiences in college.
  • Time in Prayer lists of prayers appear at the end of every chapter to help students stay grounded with private prayers and meditations.
  • Student Voice segments feature students from a variety of Christian colleges and universities across the United States discussing their college experiences.

Table of Contents

1. Putting Light on the Path.
Advantages of a College Education. Challenges for First-Year Students. Student Voice: Hannah Duncan. You Can Do It! There Is Help in This Book. There Is Help in God’s Word. A Word of Encouragement. Plan to Succeed. Spiritual Health. Academic Habits. Physical Health. Relationships. Effective Goal Setting. Write Intention Statements. Turn Your Intention Statements into Goal Statements. Develop an Action Plan. Implement the Action Plan. And Then There Is Motivation.
2. Turning the Light on Higher Education.
The Purpose of Higher Education. World View and Higher Education. Christian Theism. Deism. Rationalism. Romanticism. Empiricism and Pragmatism. Existentialism. Postmodernism. The Christian World View and Higher Education. Separate. Integrate. Resolving the Tension. Planning Your Academic Program. The Catalog. Outline of Your Academic Program. Registering for Your Classes. Academic Policies. Student Voice: Emily Smith. Your Academic Advisor. Choosing an Advisor. Using Your Advisor.
3. Making Time for Everything.
A Habit That Can Be Changed. My Perceptions. My Actual Time Use. Building a Better. Time Plan. The Semester Plan. The Weekly Plan. The Daily Plan. Distractions and Procrastination. Distractions. Procrastination. Student Voice: Samuel Cocar.
4. Defining My Style of Learning.
Initial Impressions of My Learning Style. Verbal, Visual, and Kinesthetic Modes of Learning. Verbal Learners. Visual Learners. Kinesthetic Learners. Student Voice: Hilary Hurst. Take the VARK! Learning Styles and Personality Type. Extravert/Introvert Scale.
Sensing/Intuitive Scale. Thinking/Feeling Scale. Judging/Perceiving Scale. You and Your Instructors. Multiple Intelligences.
5. Pursuing Careful Thought.
Effective Thinking. Who Is the Smartest? Know the Facts. Logically Organize the Facts. Creatively Think beyond the Facts. Critically Question the Facts. Effective Thinking Is a Symphony. Student Voice: Anne Rasschaert. Grow as an Effective Thinker.
6. Engaging in the Classroom: Listening and Taking Notes.
Why Take Notes? Be Attentive. Attendance. Preparation. Staying Connected. Student Voice: Maher Saab. Proceed with a System. Outlines. Paragraphs. Cornell Recall. Columns. Visual Maps. General Tips for Any Note-Taking System. Taking Notes during Science and Math Classes. End with Review. When? How?
7. Reading to Remember.
Did You Say 150 Pages a Week?! Not Every Kind of Reading Is the Same. Primary and Secondary Sources. Student Voice: Nyanna Potter. Picking the Right Time and Place to Read. Distraction. Right Time. Competing Noise. Length of Time. Right Place. Reading with Children in the Room. Reading with Intention. Different Ways to Shop. Different Ways to Read. SQ3R—Survey. SQ3R—Question. SQ3R—Read. SQ3R—Recite. SQ3R—Review. Recycle Your Reading. Design a Reading Record. Design a Recycling Plan.
8. Scoring on Your Exams.
Design an Exam Preparation Plan. Define the Scope of the Exam. Determine the Type of Exam. Establish a Preparation Schedule. Employ Effective Review Techniques. Design a Memorization Plan. Short-Term and Long-Term Memory. Memory Strategies. Design an Exam-Taking Strategy. The First Five Minutes. Strategies for Different Formats. Student Voice: Kevin Sheridan. Manage Your Anxiety. Keeping It Honest.
9. Saying It Just Right: Writing and Speaking Successfully.
Improve Your Writing Skills. Understanding the Assignment. Creating a Writing Schedule. Getting Ready to Write. Writing the First Draft. Student Voice: Jennifer Brantsen. Revising the First Draft. Improve Your Speaking Skills. Understand the Assignment. Basic Structure of a Speech. Delivery. Anxiety. Practicing. Research Tools You Can Use. Reference Materials. Popular Magazines and Newspapers. Scholarly Journals. Books. Internet Sources. Reference Librarians.
10. Making the Tough Decisions: The Role of Christian Values.
Not All Decisions Are the Same. Christians and Decision Making. A Decision-Making Process. Step One: Clarify the Circumstances and the Question You Need to Answer. Step Two: Clarify the Options. Step Three: Identify the Pros and Cons of Each Option. Step Four: Decide and Proceed in Confidence. My Aesthetic, Moral, and Personal Values. Aesthetic Values. Moral Values. Personal Values. Rethinking My Personal Values. Student Voice: Eric Mallet. Micah 6:8. To Act Justly. To Love Mercy. To Walk Humbly with Your God. Financial Decision Making. God’s Perspective. Developing a Financial Plan. Banks, Credit Cards, and Credit Reports.
11. Seeking and Maintaining Healthy Relationships.
Types of Relationships. New Friendships and Old Friendships. Student Voice: Alexis Glover. Romance in College. College and the Married Student. Parents. Living with Roommates. The Risk in Electronic Relationships. Faculty Connections. Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity. Stereotypes. Prejudice. You and Diversity. Maintaining Healthy Relationships. The Qualities of Healthy Relationships. Conflict Is Natural and Inevitable. Managing Conflict in Relationships. God’s Love Empowers Our Relationships.
12. Maintaining the Temple: Physical and Mental Wellness.
Physical Health Habits. Sleep. Student Voice: Lauren Burge. Diet. Exercise. Alcohol and Drug Use. Mental Health Habits. Stress. Suicide. Responding to Personal Tragedy.
13. Seeking Satisfaction in My Career.
Finding a Career Takes Work. The World of Work in Your Future. General Predictions. Career Field Predictions. Discovering, Confirming, and Changing Your Choice. What Is My Work Personality? What Are My Work Values? How Do I Personalize My Career Choice? How Does My Christianity Affect My Career Choice? Student Voice: Peter Beck.
Living College Life to Get an Interview. Get Personal Experience. Gather Your Evidence and Support Team. Prepare Your Résumé.
Epilogue.
Index.

What's New

  • The Third Edition includes eleven new exercises designed to provide helpful practice for students. All exercises are now numbered and marginal notes occur within the text indicating where a particular exercise links with the chapter content.
  • Based on feedback from reviewers, the Third Edition includes coverage of the SQ3R system in the discussion of reading found in Chapter Seven.
  • The discussion of memory in Chapter Eight has been significantly expanded to cover how memory works and what fosters stronger recollection.
  • In Chapter Ten, the topic of money management is covered on two levels. First comes the Bible's perspective on the topic, and then the authors present planning aids that will help with the pragmatics of personal financial planning.
  • The presentation of topics and concerns that are unique to the college experience of adult learners has been expanded. Approximately forty segments have been added to address adult learners and virtual classroom learning.
  • In order to take full advantage of the ability to provide contemporary and expanded resources for learning, a Companion Web Site is now available with the text (www.cengage.com/success/Beck/LightOnPath3e). "On the Web" features of the earlier editions will move to the website to provide current links associated with the topic of each chapter.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Light on the Path provides students with instruction in both the skills required for academic success and the reasons for developing these skills as an extension of their commitment to Christ." - Gloria Bradshaw, Abilene Christian University

— Gloria Bradshaw

"In my opinion, this text remains the best in its class for Liberty University students. Its integration of scriptural principle with academic excellence is exactly the combination which we desire." - Barbara N. Sherman, Liberty University

— Barbara N. Sherman

"We love the author's writing style. [It is] easy to read and flows well. The overall tone and voice is good, too. It is non-threatening, it is not a sermon, and it gives helpful tips on how to improve." - Heather Schoffstall, Liberty University

— Heather Schoffstall

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

ExamView® CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439086109 | ISBN-13: 9781439086100)

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1439086095 | ISBN-13: 9781439086094)

In order to take full advantage of the ability to provide contemporary and expanded resources for learning, a Companion Web Site is now available with the text (www.cengage.com/success/Beck/LightOnPath3e). "On the Web" features of the earlier editions will move to the website to provide current links associated with the topic of each chapter.

College Success Factors Index Volume 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479720 | ISBN-13: 9781111479725)

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College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495908843 | ISBN-13: 9780495908845)

The College Success Factors Index (CSFI) 2.0 is an online survey that students complete to assess their patterns of behavior and attitudes in areas that have been proven by research to affect student outcomes for success in higher education.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0495908835 | ISBN-13: 9780495908838)

The College Success Factors Index (CSFI) 2.0 is an online survey that students complete to assess their patterns of behavior and attitudes in areas that have been proven by research to affect student outcomes for success in higher education.

List Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00

Student Supplements

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1439086095 | ISBN-13: 9781439086094)

In order to take full advantage of the ability to provide contemporary and expanded resources for learning, a Companion Web Site is now available with the text (www.cengage.com/success/Beck/LightOnPath3e).

List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00

College Success Factors Index Volume 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479720 | ISBN-13: 9781111479725)

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495908843 | ISBN-13: 9780495908845)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement personal success indicator—which measures your patterns of behavior and attitudes in 10 areas proven to affect college success—and get your personal results in a graphical display that makes it easy to quickly determine your strengths and target your areas for improvement. If your instructor has assigned a title-specific version of CSFI, you can use the suggestions for further reading to help strengthen those areas in order to achieve greater success in college.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0495908835 | ISBN-13: 9780495908838)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience by using the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement personal success indicator—which measures your patterns of behavior and attitudes in 10 areas proven to affect college success—and get your personal results in a graphical display that makes it easy to quickly determine your strengths and target your areas for improvement. If your instructor has assigned a title-specific version of CSFI, you can use the suggestions for further reading to help strengthen those areas in order to achieve greater success in college.

List Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John A. Beck

John Beck earned a Ph.D. in theology from Trinity International University. He has taught for 15 years at a Christian liberal arts university where he directed the first-year experience program. Beck is frequently invited to speak on the topics of first-year orientation and effective teaching in the college classroom, particularly at the National Conference for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. He is published both in the areas of biblical studies and first-year experience.

Marmy A. Clason

Marmy Clason has taught undergraduate courses for the last 10 years and has been involved with the first-year experience movement at a Christian liberal arts university for the last 7 years. She has frequently spoken about the first-year experience and effective college teaching in a variety of national settings. With John Beck, Clason co-authored ON THE EDGE OF SUCCESS (Wadsworth 2003) in support of college students who are on academic probation.