Higher Education

The Confident Student, 8th Edition

  • Carol C. Kanar Valencia Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1133316476  |  ISBN-13: 9781133316473
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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About

Overview

Building confidence through accomplishment remains at the heart of THE CONFIDENT STUDENT. This practical and accessible text features self-discovery, self-assessment and confidence-building activities to keep students motivated and help them develop the skills they need to be successful in all of their courses. The Eighth Edition delivers more explicit critical-thinking instruction in every chapter. New Thinking with Bloom activities encourage active reading and processing of information by guiding students through the six levels of thinking as they reflect on chapter concepts. In addition, more intentional practice of reflective thinking is provided in the fully revised Your Reflections exercises at the end of every chapter. New questions and writing prompts invite students to engage in self-reflection for the purpose of assessing progress, discovering strengths, and addressing weaknesses. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • "Skill Finder" shows students what skills covered in the CONFIDENT STUDENT, eighth Edition, they are familiar with as well as those that they need to develop and improve.
  • "Confidence Builders" address learning strategies, attitudes, and career skills for the purpose of broadening students' understanding and extending the discussion of chapter topics into related areas of interest.
  • "Awareness Checks" in every chapter are brief checklists or assessment questionnaires that orient students to a chapter concept or discussion concept.
  • "Critical Thinking" exercises enhance the text's pedagogical foundation by showing how to integrate critical thinking into studying and classroom interaction.

Table of Contents

1. Becoming a Confident Student.
2. Motivating Yourself to Learn.
3. Thinking Critically and Creatively.
4. Setting Goals and Solving Problems.
5. Sharpening Your Classroom Skills.
6. Managing Your Resources: Time and Money.
7. Becoming an Active Reader.
8. Controlling Attention and Memory.
9. Creating Your Study System.
10. Studying and Learning from Textbooks.
11. Preparing for Tests.
12. Building Skills for Confident Communication.
13. Maintaining Your Health and Well-Being.
14. Facing Your Future with Confidence.

What's New

  • New Feature: Thinking with Bloom. Reviewers asked for enhanced coverage of critical thinking and especially more material that addresses Bloom's Taxonomy. As a summary feature in every chapter, Thinking with Bloom takes students through six levels of thinking to reflect on one or more concepts covered in the chapter. This feature invites students to consider a topic in depth and to demonstrate what they have learned.
  • New Feature: Get Connected. The Computer Confidence material from Chapters 1,5,9,10,13, and 14 have been updated and revised for this new boxed feature. Get Connected has also been added to each of the remaining chapters with new material on the following topics and more: Using a textbook's online resources, how to evaluate online sources, developing an action plan online, tips for reading online, and how to prepare for online courses and tests. This feature provides pragmatic tips for managing technology and making the best use possible of this important resource.
  • A more intentional focus on reflective thinking. Your Reflections at the end of every chapter has been completely revised with a new format, questions, and writing prompts that invite students to engage in self-reflection for the purpose of assessing progress, discovering strengths, and addressing weaknesses.
  • New material in Chapters 1, 6, and 14 have undergone major revision to make them more relevant to today's student's needs. Chapter 1 has a new organization and focus on adapting to college life and learning, with new sections on making the transition from high school to college, civility and teamwork, and reflective thinking as a key to self-assessment and self-improvement. Chapter 6 has been retitled "Managing Your Resources: Time and Money. Material on managing time through scheduling and avoiding procrastination has been retained from the Seventh Edition and revised. The section on managing money has been moved from Chapter 14 into this chapter, where it has a better fit. Chapter 14 contains a new section on professionalism in dress, behavior, and speech to address the need for students to make a successful transition from college student to professional in the workplace.
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Bundle: Text + College Success & Study Skills CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1285574125  | ISBN-13: 9781285574127

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Printed Text + CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code

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Printed Text + College Success CourseMate with MindTap Reader and CSFI 2.0 Instant Access

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ISBN-10:  1285577833  | ISBN-13:  9781285577838

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The Confident Student compliments the competencies set forth in [our] course. The features found in each chapter help guide the student to building confidence in skills that they will face in future college-level courses."

— Dwight Rinehart, Reading Area Community College

"I would describe The Confident Student as a useful study skills book that guides students to explore areas associated with student success and provides a variety of exercises and activities that instructors may find useful in designing their course delivery. The text has provided a framework to organize my course and to stimulate student understanding of key, relevant topics."

— Stephen Wallace, Shippensburg University of PA

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133941427 | ISBN-13: 9781133941422)

This resource contains an answer key for the exercises and chapter-by-chapter suggestions for using the text. Also included are sample course syllabi, a brief bibliography, and handouts to use as supplementary materials.

CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133946720 | ISBN-13: 9781133946724)

The College Success Factors Index (CSFI) 2.0, developed by Edmond Hallberg and Kaylene Hallberg, is an online survey that students complete to assess their patterns of behavior and attitudes in ten key areas. These areas have been proven by research to affect student outcomes for success in higher education. Accessed online, the CSFI is a useful assessment tool for demonstrating the difference your college success course makes in students’ academic success. At the start of the course, the CSFI helps assess incoming students and allows you to tailor your course topics to meet their needs. As a post-test, it provides an opportunity for you (and your students) to measure your progress.

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133946100 | ISBN-13: 9781133946106)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285764706 | ISBN-13: 9781285764702)

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CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133946720 | ISBN-13: 9781133946724)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience with the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in THE CONFIDENT STUDENT, 8th Edition.

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CourseMate with CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133946151 | ISBN-13: 9781133946151)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with THE CONFIDENT SELF, 8th Edition.

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133946100 | ISBN-13: 9781133946106)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with THE CONFIDENT STUDENT, 8th Edition.

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Succeed in your course with Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for THE CONFIDENT STUDENT, 8th Edition, including step-by-step explanations that help you improve your reasoning and skills, interactive assignments that help you understand difficult or counterintuitive concepts, and more. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol C. Kanar

Carol C. Kanar is the author of several Cengage Learning writing, reading, and college success textbooks. Kanar is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned the Master of Arts in English, and of Rollins College, where she earned the Master of Education in reading. She has close to thirty years of teaching experience, twenty of which she spent at Valencia Community College teaching reading, writing, and study skills. A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Kanar has served on the Executive Board of the Florida Development Education Association and is an active member of the National Association of Developmental Educators.