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Overview

According to recent market research, students are less academically engaged than ever before--a downward trend that has nothing to do with intellect, but everything to do with motivation, focus, and discipline. Visually appealing, research-based, and highly motivational, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, CONCISE EDITION, completely engages students with direct applications and immediate results. Thoroughly researched, the text covers the topics most important to student success and incorporates underlying themes of motivation and self-discipline throughout. Rather than talking down to students or speaking over their heads, FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, CONCISE EDITION, initiates a personal and informal conversation with readers--directly connecting with and drawing them into text discussions. Like FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, this concise version of the text addresses the needs of today's college students. In this smaller version, chapters on information literacy, writing, speaking skills, and wellness have been removed to concentrate on the core elements of the college success class. By holding to one good example for each chapter, Staley allows for the hands-on learning at which she excels, while creating a concise, student-focused option for the classroom.

Dr. Constance Staley, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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.
  • New! For enhanced organization and convenience for students, content from the chapter "Making Use of Resources" (previously Chapter 3) has been integrated throughout the text, campus resources are now covered in Chapter 1, and money management is covered in the final chapter.
  • New! In each chapter, the Challenge-Reaction and Insight-Action (CRIA) prompts have been revised to require less busy work while giving students an opportunity to react along the way. Challenge-Reaction prompts remain within the text, while the Insight-Action prompts that require students to think about what they have learned and how they will put those skills into action have been combined into a single activity at the end of the chapter. A revised CRIA discussion and figure also have been added to Chapter 1 to clarify for students and instructors the pedagogical approach used throughout the book.
  • New! Careful attention to vocabulary and reading level ensures that the text is readable for all levels of students using the book. The author also has added figures and tables to stimulate students' interest and to appeal to visual learners.
  • New! The 4 C-Factor features--illustrating 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--now present more direct and concise profiles to better engage students' attention.
  • New! FOCUS Challenge Cases have been redesigned to increase students' identification with the case study characters.
  • Robust: A host of creative multimedia features brings excitement into the college success/freshman seminar course. Lecture Launching Videos bring Dr. Constance Staley into your classroom to help kick off topics in selected chapters. Unique and humorous MP3 chapter summaries can be downloaded from the Online Resource Center, which also includes Team Career exercises and Challenge Yourself quizzes to help students understand more about themselves and their attitudes toward life and learning.
  • Credible: Using concrete research to drive all content, this forward-thinking text delivers proof that the college success course matters and improves student retention. FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, CONCISE EDITION, includes student entrance and exit exams that provide faculty and college administration with data proving that students made progress in the college success course, while also illustrating how students react to individual sections.
  • Comprehensive: The rich research-based content of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, CONCISE EDITION, communicates academic soundness and reflects national trends and critical issues. It offers succinct coverage of topics key to student success, including motivation, decision making, time management, learning styles, note taking and listening, study skills, test taking, stress management, and relationship building.
  • Student-Centered: FOCUS Challenge Cases open each chapter and 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. It also features the VARK questionnaire--a popular four-point learning style assessment that is simple and quick. In addition, Readiness and Reality Checks bookend chapters and help students identify opportunities for personal growth.
  • Fully Supported: Offering a high level of instructor support, the integrated teaching package includes a robust online resource center, a comprehensive Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, FOCUSPoints: interactive, lecture-launching PowerPoints, and an Annotated Instructor's Edition, featuring notes from the author, as well as, from well-known emotional intelligence expert Catherine Andersen of Gallaudet University. Because of various student audiences, different course setups, and a host of other course variables, annotations are grouped into the following categories: Teachable Moment, Sensitive Situation, Teaching with Technology, Activity Option, and Emotional Intelligence (EI) Research.
1. Building Dreams, Setting Goals.
2. Learning to Learn.
3. Managing Your Time and Energy.
4. Thinking Critically and Creatively.
5. Developing Information Literacy, Writing, and Speaking Skills.
6. Engaging, Listening, and Note-Taking in Class.
7. Developing Your Memory.
8. Reading and Studying.
9. Taking Tests.
10. Building Relationships, Valuing Diversity.
11. Choosing a College Major and Career.

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"Overall, getting the students engaged with text is challenging, but FOCUS does a really good job in that area. It is VERY cool that the book has lent itself to 'spurts' of information as needed and appropriate. And when I would mention things from various chapters, I would see in their body language that they were getting it. Some texts are so compartmentalized that connections can be hard to make. FOCUS is smooth and connected throughout."-- Alice Godbey, Daytona State College

"The biggest challenge is having students understand the importance of the course as well as the material. They all still feel as though they do not need this course or the material, even though they all have experienced many of the issues that are covered in the textbook. This textbook does a great job linking the material to their personality, college performance, and career, which does help to show the importance of the course."--Shane Williamson, Lindenwood University

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code, Concise

ISBN: 9781111940713

College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Concise

ISBN: 9780840064561
Cengage Learning's College Success CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. College Success CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need! College Success CourseMate includes: -an interactive eBook -interactive teaching and learning tools including: -Quizzes -Flashcards -Videos -and more -Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.

College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Concise

ISBN: 9781111940744

FOR STUDENTS

CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code, Concise

ISBN: 9781111940713
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 FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS, CONCISE EDITION, 2nd Edition.

College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Concise

ISBN: 9780840064561
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.

College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Concise

ISBN: 9781111940744
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.