Higher Education

Excelling in College, 1st Edition

  • Jeffrey Kottler California State University, Fullerton
  • ISBN-10: 142823120X  |  ISBN-13: 9781428231207
  • 344 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $77.25
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About

Overview

Are your students stressed? Persuasive evidence shows stress is the single most reported obstacle to academic success in college for first-year students (CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, 2009). EXCELLING IN COLLEGE recognizes the stress students experience and offers strategies to help them not just survive but also thrive in their college environment. Through exercises found in the text and online video clips, students are helped to address their fears related to speaking up in class, approaching instructors, making new friends, performing under pressure, dealing with financial struggles, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Features and Benefits

  • EXCELLING IN COLLEGE offers unique chapters titled Stress Management and Prevention (Chapter 10) and Negotiating Relationships (Chapter 11). The stress management chapter helps students recognize when they are stressed, offers strategies for preventing and managing stress, and gives a variety of relaxation strategies that students can put to use immediately. The relationship chapter covers the different types of relationships that students are navigating (friendships, family, and romantic), the concrete relationship skills needed for success in college and beyond, and strategies for managing conflict within relationships.
  • Right from the start, students can assess their stress by taking the online FOR REDUCING STRESS ASSESSMENT. Managing and preventing stress begins with having a clear assessment of problem areas in which students feel most vulnerable. By taking this online assessment, students will have an honest and accurate profile of the situations and circumstances that cause them the most stress. Once they have a better idea of potential areas of stress, they can develop an action plan for dealing with those situations that matter the most.
  • The text's "View it" feature directs students to view online video modules where they can watch real students talking about the challenges, especially as they relate to stress, that they faced during their first year of college and how they dealt with them.
  • The "For Reducing Stress" feature in each chapter offers strategies students can apply to a variety of potentially stressful situations, including taking tests, giving speeches, approaching someone who interests you, and dealing with conflict.
  • "Student Voices" highlight real students talking about the realities of campus life, including the joys as well as the difficulties. As students read these brief stories, they can think about how they may compare with their own experiences.
  • The "For Reflection" and "For Reflection and Action" exercises inserted throughout the chapters help students personalize and apply the textbook concepts to their daily lives. These activities can be used to practice new skills and make them a natural way that students deal with challenges.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
A Very Personal Introduction. Why This Class is So Important. Making Learning Stick.
1. The Nature of Life on a College Campus.
College Life and Its Inhabitants. Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom. Some Reasonable Fears and Apprehensions. How College Will Change You. Good Advice You Won’t Follow. . .Until It Makes Sense to You.
2. Adjusting to Campus Life.
Predicting Successful Adjustment. Choosing Courses. Resources on Campus.
3. Managing Time and Setting Goals.
Formulating Priorities and Goals. Setting Goals. Organizing and Structuring Time. Procrastination.
4. Striving for Excellence in the Classroom.
Strategies for the Classroom. Asking Questions in Class. Interactions with Instructors. How to Listen in Class. How to Take Notes.
5. Studying, Learning, and Remembering: Personal Styles.
Finding or Creating Study Space. What are the Best Ways that You Learn? Different Ways that People Learn. Changes You Can Make When Things Aren’t Working. Understanding How Memory Works. Learning to Remember. How to Read. Studying in Groups.
6. Performing Under Pressure: Taking Tests.
Preparing and Taking Examinations. Text Anxiety. Preparing for Tests. Preparing and Taking Final Exams. After the Test is Over.
7. Writing Papers and Doing Presentations.
Preparing and Writing Papers. Writing Email. Searching and Re-searching Sources. Giving Speeches and Class Presentations. It’s About the Relationships. Using Technology in Presentations. Doing Group Presentations. Look for More Ways to Practice.
8. Making Lifestyle Choices.
Eating Healthfully. Exercise. Drinking and Drugs. Tobacco. Behavioral Addictions. Sleeping. Leisure Activities. Sex. Money.
9. Thinking Critically and Solving Problems.
What Critical Thinking Means and What it Will Do For You. How to "Do" Critical Thinking. Using Critical Thinking to Solve Problems. Overview of the Problem Solving Process.
10. Stress Management and Prevention.
What is Stress and How do You Know When You’ve Got It?. Preventing and Managing Stress. Relaxation Strategies. Changing the Ways You View the World. Changing Negative and Self-Defeating Thoughts.
11. Negotiating Relationships.
Friendships. Family Relationships. Romantic Relationships. Relationship Skills. Conflict in Relationships. Functions of Conflict. Conflicts with Roommates. Strategies for Managing Conflict.
12. Diversity and Appreciating Differences.
Misunderstandings about Cultural Affiliations. Expanding Your Cultural Wisdom. Challenges Faced by Minority Students. Confronting Prejudices and Stereotypes. Experiencing Other Cultures. Respect and Civility.
13. Planning for the Future.
Considerations when Planning Your Future. Begin Your Career Planning Now. Making Changes Last.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I think the author [has] really hit the nail with their coverage of stress."- Henry Duvier, Tennessee Tech

— Henry Duvier

"The book’s angle on stress management is new, fresh, and a welcome change in a genre full of the same old stuff."- Shannon E. McCasland, Aims Community College

— Shannon E. McCasland

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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.

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College Success CourseMate with eBook and CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111675511 | ISBN-13: 9781111675516)

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111633096 | ISBN-13: 9781111633097)

Succeed in your college success course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $82.00  | CengageBrain Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $82.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111634610 | ISBN-13: 9781111634612)

Succeed in your college success course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $82.00  | CengageBrain Price = $82.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $82.00

College Success CourseMate with eBook, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495793035 | ISBN-13: 9780495793038)

College Success CourseMate for EXCELLING IN COLLEGE offers you a number of resources to complement the main text, including Student Videos (as indicated by the "View It" feature in the text), an online stress assessment (For Reducing Stress: An Assessment), exercises from the book, Chapter Introduction podcasts, and more.

List Price = $72.00  | CengageBrain Price = $72.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111482616 | ISBN-13: 9781111482619)

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 EXCELLING IN COLLEGE, 1st Edition.

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

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

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeffrey Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler is the author of over eighty books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. They are used in universities around the world and are considered classics among practicing teachers, counselors, psychologists, health professionals, and social justice advocates. Some of his most highly regarded works include DIVINE MADNESS: TEN STORIES OF CREATIVE STRUGGLE; CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES WHILE TRANSFORMING YOUR OWN: PATHS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS; ON BEING A THERAPIST; and, more recently, THE ASSASSIN AND THE THERAPIST: AN EXPLORATION OF TRUTH IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND IN LIFE and CREATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS IN THERAPY: TALES OF TRANSFORMATION AND ASTONISHMENT. Some of his more well-known texts include LEARNING GROUP LEADERSHIP; INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING; ON BEING A TEACHER; STRESS MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION; and A PRIMER OF HELPING SKILLS. Kottler has worked as an educator and psychologist in a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, corporation, and private practice settings. He has served as Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru, Thailand, and Iceland, as well as worked as Visiting Professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Kottler is currently Professor of Counseling and of Freshman Programs at California State University, Fullerton. He has also co-founded Empower Nepali Girls (http://www.EmpowerNepaliGirls.org), which provides educational scholarships for lower caste girls at-risk in Nepal.