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FOCUS on Community College Success, 4th Edition

  • Dr. Constance Staley University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • ISBN-10: 1305109570  |  ISBN-13: 9781305109575
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012, 2010
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS, 4th Edition, speaks directly to community college students, delivering strategies for navigating the unique challenges of juggling school, family, and work, and living/studying at home. Updated with the most current research, this forward-thinking text continues to strive to improve student retention, motivation, and engagement, as well as offer proof of student progress and course efficacy through the Entrance and Exit Interviews. The fourth edition includes expanded coverage on resilience, with strategies for assessing and building resilience. A revised section on the importance of group work gives students the tools they need to successfully collaborate. Now available with MindTap, a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built upon FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS. MindTap combines learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Staley, a leader in the field of motivation, helps students develop realistic expectations of what it takes to learn while encouraging and engaging them with direct applications and immediate results.

Features and Benefits

  • Community College-focused: FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS explores the unique issues that community college students face inside and outside of the classroom, including juggling family, school, and work, and living/studying at home. The text puts extra emphasis on study skills, reading, writing, and test taking, while the instructor's edition includes annotations that tie the book content to developmental studies.
  • Credible: Using concrete research to drive all content, this text delivers proof that the college success course matters and improves retention. FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS includes student Entrance and Exit Interviews, which document for faculty and college administrators the fact that students have made progress in the course and illustrate students' reactions to individual sections of the text.
  • Student-Centered: FOCUS Challenge Cases in each chapter present student profiles that focus on big issues and immediately engage readers. The text's unique and personalized learning system then emphasizes the four Cs: level of challenge in course work, level of control over outcomes, degree of curiosity prompted by course work, and extent of focus on graduation and careers. The text also features the VARK questionnaire - a popular four-point learning style assessment.
  • Fully Supported: Offering a high level of instructor support, the integrated teaching package includes a robust website, a comprehensive Instructor's Manual, and an Annotated Instructor's Edition featuring notes from the author. To ensure the greatest possible success for institutions with diverse student audiences, various course setups, and a host of other variables, the text's annotations are grouped in the following categories: Diversity Discussion, Teachable Moments, Sensitive Situation, Teaching with Technology, and Activity Option.

Table of Contents

ENTRANCE INTERVIEW.
1. STARTING STRONG, BUILDING RESILIENCE.
You're in College Now. Earning a Two-Year Degree. Academic Professionalism: What Instructors Will Expect From You. Academic Professionalism: How to Help Yourself Succeed. Toughing It Out: What College Takes. How Do I Want to Be Different When I'm Done?
2. BUILDING DREAMS, SETTING GOALS.
Who Are You? And What Do You Want? Spending Time “In the System.” How Motivated Are You and How Are You Motivated? Give Yourself an Attitude Adjustment. Ability versus Effort: What's More Important? What Drives You? Values, Dreams, and Goals.
3. LEARNING STYLES AND STUDYING.
Go to the Head of the Class: Learning and the Brain. Take Charge and Create the Best Conditions for Learning. Multiple Intelligences: How Are You Smart? How Do You Perceive and Process Information? What Role Does Your Personality Play? Metacognition: Take Charge of How You Study. Apply Your Learning Style to Your Study Style. Apply Your Learning Style to Your Study Style. Becoming an Intentional Learner: Make a Master Study Plan. Sprinting to the Finish Line: How to Study when the Heat Is On. A Final Word about Learning and Studying.
4. MANAGING YOUR TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY.
Time Management Requires Focus. Energy, Our Most Precious Resource. “I'll Study in My Free Time” … and When Is That? Schedule Your Way to Success. To Do or Not to Do? There Is No Question. How Time Flies! The P Word. Read This Section Now!… or Maybe Tomorrow. Beyond Juggling: Realistically Manage Work, School, and Personal Life. Time Is Money!
5. THINKING CRITICALLY AND CREATIVELY.
Rethinking Thinking. What Is Critical Thinking? A Four-Part Model of Critical Thinking. Becoming a Better Critical Thinker. Creativity: “Thinking Outside the … Book”.
6. LEARNING ONLINE.
Taking Online Classes: E-Learning versus C-Learning. Technology Skills: Wireless, Windowed, Webbed, and Wikied. Research Skills and Your College Success ... Information Literacy and Your College Success. Downloading Your Workload: The Easy Way Out?
7. ENGAGING, LISTENING, AND NOTE-TAKING IN CLASS.
Get Engaged in Class. Listening with Focus. Turn Listening Skills into Note-Taking Skills. Different Strokes for Different Folks: Note-Taking by the System and Subject. Ask and You Shall Receive. Using Lecture Notes.
8. READING, WRITING, AND PRESENTING.
Who Needs to Read? Build Your Reading Skills. Read Right! Writing as a Process.
9. MEMORY SKILLS AND TAKING TESTS.
Twenty Ways to Master Your Memory. Testing 1, 2, 3 … Show What You Know. Before the Test: Prepare Carefully. During the Test: Focus and Work Hard. Taking Objective Tests. Taking Subjective Essay Tests. Don't Cheat Yourself! After the Test: Continue to Learn.
10. WORKING IN GROUPS, VALUING DIVERSITY.
The Heart of College Success. What Is Emotional Intelligence? Can Emotional Intelligence Be Improved? Communicating in Groups: Soft Skills Are Hard! The Top 10 Rules of Responsible Group Membership. Communicating in Important Relationships. Managing Conflict: Life Is Not a Sitcom. Diversity Makes a Difference. Appreciate the American Mosaic. What's Your CQ? Think Globally; Act Locally.
11. CHOOSING A COLLEGE MAJOR AND CAREER.
What's the Connection? How to Choose a Major and a Career.
12. CREATING YOUR FUTURE.
What's the Next Step? Launching a Career: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan. Continuing Your Education. Put What You've Learned to Good Use: Ten Things Employers Hope You Will Learn in College. What Ifs. My, How You've Grown! Goodbye and Good Luck!
EXIT INTERVIEW.

What's New

  • Available with MindTap! MindTap is a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built upon FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS. MindTap combines learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments - into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing authoritative Cengage Learning content and learning tools with their own content in the Learning Path via apps that integrate into the MindTap framework.
  • New emphasis on resilience. Chapter 1 includes strategies for how to face difficulties and persevere through them, along with a new exercise, How Resilient Are You?, so students can assess their resilience and find ways to improve it.
  • More focus on group work. Chapter 10 highlights the importance of group work, with a new FOCUS Challenge Case featuring a student's problems with collaborative projects. Students learn how working with others can be a beneficial skill in college and later in their careers.
  • New attention to career exploration. A new exercise, Wise Wanderings, helps students draw connections between their personal interests and values to choose a career or recognize a passion. Another new exercise, Crystal Ball, gets community college students thinking about careers that require two- and four-year degrees. To help students get the job of their choice, a new section, Brand Yourself, helps students to think about their “brand,” particularly in relation to their online presence.

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Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the FOCUS ON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dr. Constance Staley

Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has directed the First-Year Seminar Program for nearly 25 of her 40 years in higher education. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Staley is the author of a multimedia training package for first-year seminar instructors, as well as the ground-breaking resource manual 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern. A well-known name in FYE circles, Staley is a leader in faculty development nation-wide. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching in the former Soviet Union in 1996. Dr. Staley earned a B.A. in education from Ball State University, and an M.A. in linguistics and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Focus on College Success, Focus on Community College Success, and Focus on College Success Concise for Cengage Learning, and the co-author of Focus on College and Career Success with Steve Staley.