Higher Education

Orientation to College Learning, 7th Edition

  • Dianna L. Van Blerkom University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
  • ISBN-10: 1111833648  |  ISBN-13: 9781111833640
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.25
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About

Overview

ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LEARNING, Seventh Edition takes students on a specific path to help them to be motivated, and to surround themselves with the resources they need to set goals and celebrate accomplishments. The text emphasizes well-defined goals, regular class attendance, good work habits, sufficient background knowledge, appropriate study strategies, time management, and motivation as the key factors that contribute to college success. It strengthens the connection between motivation and the strategies that are presented, so that students continue to increase their motivation throughout the course and enhance their commitment to being a successful student.

Features and Benefits

  • Emphasis on strategic learning throughout.
  • Clear, in-depth explanations for each of the strategies presented.
  • Flexible, straightforward format and organization that appeals to a variety of instructors--full-time or part-time faculty, counselors, residence life personnel, or anyone in academic assistance.
  • "A hands-on and experiential" approach, which supports best theories about how students really learn.
  • Quick Start Strategy Pages that provide an early introduction to many of the essential skills and strategies students need to succeed in college.
  • Excellent student examples, which help students using the text learn to use effective learning strategies illustrated by their peers.
  • Excerpts from college textbooks in many disciplines, which help students practice new skills immediately.
  • Exercises and activities for immediate practice of the concepts being taught.
  • Tip Blocks (boxed feature) in each chapter for traditional and nontraditional students.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Motivated. 
2. Goal Setting. 
3. Time Management. 
4. Memory and Learning. 
5. Taking Lecture Notes. 
6. Improving Concentration. 
7. Reading Your Textbook. 
8. Marking Your Textbook. 
9. Organizing Text Information. 
10. Preparing for Exams. 
11. Taking Objective Exams. 
12. Taking Essay Exams. 
13. Succeeding on Finals.

What's New

  • New! The 7th edition of ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LEARNING now focuses on motivation throughout the text. When students have the motivation to apply what they are learning in all of their courses, they should see an improvement in their grades, have more time for other responsibilities or for leisure activities, feel less stressed about their academic work, feel better about themselves, and perhaps even begin to enjoy learning.
  • New! A new pre- and post-test assessment feature is now available on the student Web site made up of many of the items from the "Where Are You Now?" activities.
  • New! Quick Start Page on How to Use This Book serves as a guide to better navigate your way through the text.
  • New! New Quick Start Page on Getting Motivated highlights the key factors in college success and provides a spring board for success!
  • New! Motivation activities have been added to each chapter to ensure students are getting the most out of their text.
  • New! "Terms You Should Know" have been moved to the first page of each chapter. This allows students to think of the terms as they read through the chapter content.
  • New! The Where Are You Now? Activity has been expanded to include a rating scale and space for students to write a response about what they learned after completing the assessment.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Aplia Printed Access Card + College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305616847 | ISBN-13: 9781305616844

List Price = $171.95  | CengageBrain Price = $171.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $129.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Orientation to College Learning
    List Price = $151.95  | CengageBrain Price = $151.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.25
  • Aplia™, 1 term Printed Access Card
    List Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.00
  • College Success Factors Index v2.0 with Early Alert, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I have enjoyed success with this text. Others I have used were condescending and I find Van Blerkom's language and approach much more empowering and encourages student responsibility and opportunity."

— Paula Agee, University of Arkansas

"Its readability and practicality make the content accessible and appealing to a student population that is often difficult to reach."

— Kathleen Wiles, Kent State University – Stark

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

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111835950 | ISBN-13: 9781111835958)

The Instructor's Manual and Test Bank includes an overview of each chapter; teaching suggestions; quiz questions; course materials and handouts; journal and portfolio activities; and multiple-choice, essay, and discussion questions. Also included are excerpts from other college textbooks, additional student examples, and the Activities Packet.

Student Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285767594 | ISBN-13: 9781285767598)

Succeed in your course with Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LEARNING, 7th 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.

List Price = $76.00  | CengageBrain Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.00

Aplia™, 1 term Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285767608 | ISBN-13: 9781285767604)

Succeed in your course with Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LEARNING, 7th 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.

List Price = $76.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dianna L. Van Blerkom

Dianna L. Van Blerkom is an experienced author and educator. She is an assistant professor in the Academic Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and previously served as the director. She also has published numerous articles and textbooks, including COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS: BECOMING A STRATEGIC LEARNER, TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING: A GUIDE TO COLLEGE SUCCESS, and COLLEGE READING AND STUDY STRATEGIES with co-author Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt.