Higher Education

The Adult Learner's Companion: A Guide for the Adult College Student, 2nd Edition

  • Deborah Davis Kaplan University, Tampa
  • ISBN-10: 0495913839  |  ISBN-13: 9780495913832
  • 144 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2012 | Published
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Adult learners face unique challenges--work, family, and the numerous responsibilities and obligations that they must juggle while pursuing a degree. With limited time and financial resources, adult learners need to know where and how to get help quickly and easily, and who to turn to when they have questions. The second edition of THE ADULT LEARNER'S COMPANION: A GUIDE FOR THE ADULT COLLEGE STUDENT preserves the principal core of the first edition while extending the scope and relevance of the relationship between life experience and its practical application to college and work. Essentially, the new edition teaches adult students how what they already know can be applied to all facets of college and career. Author Deborah Davis, a former adult student herself, provides a concise manual that helps adult learners navigate their way through the college experience, while providing the skills necessary for academic achievement.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapter Highlights provide a concise preview that identifies key chapter material at the beginning of each chapter.
  • End-of-chapter feature "Best (and Worst) Practices" list brief summaries of chapter concepts and principles for easy review.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources Appendix provides students with a brief overview of the issues concerning plagiarism as well as an outline of MLA and APA citation standards.

Table of Contents

1.College Success.
From the Author. Questions to Ask Yourself. What Do I Want Out of College? What Goals Have I Set for Myself? Why Did I Come to College? How Will My Life Change and What Can I Expect in College? What Does It Take to Succeed in College? College Fears and Truths. Companion Strategies for College Success. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
2. The Life Experience, College, and Career Relationship.
From the Author. What Life Has Taught You. Apply What You Already Know to College and Career. Knowledge. Skills. Wisdom. Develop and Expand What You Already Know to College and Career. Communication: Speaking and Writing. Critical Thinking. Consider Possibilities. Companion Strategies to Integrate Life Experience, College, and Career. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
3. Stress Management.
From the Author. The Signs of Stress. Physical Signs. Emotional Signs. Origins and Effects of Stress. Ways to Handle and Manage Stress. Companion Strategies to Reduce Stress. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
4. Time Management.
From the Author. Non Realistic and Realistic Concepts of Time Management. Organize, Plan, and Schedule Work, Family, and School Responsibilities. Organizational Skills. Goals. Create a Master Blueprint. Stay Motivated. Life’s Little Challenges and Interferences. Expect the Unexpected. Resist Overextending Yourself. Procrastination. Companion Strategies for Efficient Time Management. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
5. Help and Support.
From the Author. Build a Strong Personal and Professional Support System. Family. Friends. Employers. Available College Resources. College Catalog: Hardcover and Virtual. Financial Aid. Registrar. Academic Help: Library, Tutoring, Academic Advisors. Career Counseling. Disability Services. Instructors and Peers. Companion Strategies to Build Support Resources. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
6. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
From the Author. Definition and Process of Critical Thinking Process. Bloom’s Taxonomy. Benefits of Critical Thinking. Work Related, Personal, and College. Six Steps to Problem Solving Using Critical Thinking Techniques. Regularly rearticulate and reevaluate your goals, purposes, and needs. Identify the problem. Carefully analyze, interpret, and evaluate the information you collect. Figure out your options for action, evaluate them, then choose one. Adopt a strategy to resolve the problem, and follow through on that strategy. When you act, monitor the implications of your action as they begin to emerge. Companion Strategies of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
7. Class Skills.
From the Author. Learning How You Learn. Classical Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic. Integrating Learning Styles. Learning Style Quiz. Listening and Note Taking. Good/Poor Listening Habits. Note Taking Styles: Outlining, Cornell, Mindmapping, Summary. Companion Strategies for Effective Class Skills. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
8. Studying.
From the Author. Studying for Maximum Productivity. Set the Stage. Prepare to Study. Learn to Use Your Textbook. Special Study Considerations. Improving Memory Skills. The Eight "R’s" of Retention. Companion Strategies for Successful Studying. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
9. Tests.
From the Author. Preparing for and Taking Tests. Test Anxiety. Types of Tests. Tests of Recognition, Recall, and Analysis. Pop Quizzes. Open Book and Take Home. Companion Strategies for Successful Test Taking. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.
10. Writing Papers.
From the Author. The Truth about Writing. Know Your Audience. Seven Steps to Writing a Good Paper. Choose a Topic. Investigate the Topic. Develop a Thesis Statement. Develop an Outline. Write the First Draft. Read the First Draft Aloud. Rewrite and Revise the Rough Draft. Research Paper Style-APA, MLA, (Sample Paper). Companion Strategies for Effective Writing. Summary. Best and Worst Practices. Assignment.

What's New

  • New! A new Chapter 2 ("The Life Experience, College, and Career Relationship") specifically addresses concerns to help relieve some of the stress adult learners naturally feel in beginning college.
  • New! "Critical Thinking and Problem Solving," now Chapter 6, focuses on how the application of Bloom’s Taxonomy can be used to solve real-life problems in practical and real-world ways.
  • New! The second edition includes expanded information for online students.
  • New! The second edition reorders the information presented to take the adult learner in a logical learning progression. The natural learning curve moves from the familiar to the unfamiliar and the newly structured chapters use that format to build one set of skills on another.
  • New! A new feature, "From the Author," uses a story from the author’s own experience as a way to connect with students. The author’s personal experience illustrates how the principles and ideas of the chapter, in story-form, directly relate to the adult learner. This feature emphasizes that there is commonality among us all. When it comes to life learning and experience, the titles of teacher/author and student disappear.
  • New! New end-of-chapter features include Companion Strategies that provide practical and simple ways to put chapter principles into practice, Best and Worst Practices that compare the best and worst practices of the chapter information (showing students what college perceptions and actions are most effective and which are not), and an Assignment that provides a way for teachers to assess and evaluate students’ assimilation and comprehension of the chapter material.


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 111166742X | ISBN-13: 9781111667429)

Available on the Instructor Companion Site, the Online Instructor's Manual is designed to provide instructors with helpful tips about how to teach the text material. The helpful material includes Learning Objectives, In-Class Exercises, and Sample Tests.

Student Supplements

CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 111194346X | ISBN-13: 9781111943462)

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 ADULT LEARNER'S COMPANION: A GUIDE FOR THE ADULT COLLEGE STUDENT, 2nd Edition.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Deborah Davis

Deborah Davis, a professor and professional actor, director, traveler, and writer, hails from San Francisco. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon and has taught adult learners in proprietary schools, colleges, and universities for several years, both in the classroom and online.