The use of checkpoints and key concepts keeps the student focused on the important concepts explained in the chapter. Chapter 6 did not have the section at the end entitled Takeaways. I think the takeaway section is good for students who may not read the entire chapter but would at least review this section.
Mapping Your Future
I love the modularity of the text. Breaking the chapter into sections creates a feeling of having accomplished something by completing each section. The reader is not overwhelmed by the amount to be read. It could be compared to trying to eat an entire cake at one time or just enjoying the cake one bite at a time.
For the most part, I agree with the organization of the text except for the section on choosing a major. Students need to link a major to their career choice, but choosing a major should be discussed earlier in the semester. The layout of the text is easy to read and navigate. Images were clear and not too intrusive. Charts were easy to understand and appropriately placed within the explanation of the topic. Moving back and forth between pages or skipping to another chapter was easily accomplished. The text was very careful to be inclusive insofar as race and ethnicity was concerned.
I did not notice any differently abled students in the pictures. The pictures showed a variety of activities using a variety of students Most of the students appeared to be traditional students. Community colleges often have many non traditional students. I am very interested in piloting this text with our students because of the cost and interactive nature of the text. The frequent inventories that allow the student to examine themselves, their beliefs and skill levels should maintain their interest. It is truly a text that is all about them. The textbook covers the major topics for student success that would be expected in a book that is now several years old.
It has substantial chapters on adapting to college and, to its credit, includes small parts that are directed at It has substantial chapters on adapting to college and, to its credit, includes small parts that are directed at non-traditional learners in addition to the primary audience of just-out-of-high-school learners, making it useful at a community college level.
However, it does not include enough information about online learning to be used as a comprehensive guide for students who may be taking primarily online or hybrid classes. As an example, Chapter 4 on note-taking from lectures could use some updating to include taking notes from videos, slide shows, or other online media. Materials are clear and accurate. I appreciate the way the sections on critical thinking and meta-cognition avoid mentioning learning styles. In general, it is straight-forward and cites outside sources pretty well in making assertions, though it might help to have more citations about the benefits of certain practices.
For example, a discussion of where the assumption of 2 hours of outside work per hour in the classroom comes from, or why Cornell Notes might or might not work, as it's been studied and found a bit lacking. Again, the book has some information that's timeless, such as goal-setting information, thinking about thinking, and some general college advice.
It would be useful to have more information about the distractions of electronic media and smartphones -- or on how to incorporate these successfully into college study. Prose is clear and to-the-point. Examples are useful but short. A few case studies here and there expand the usefulness for students. In the original version before moving to the UMN site it had parenthetical definitions or pop-up definitions for all of the terms that are now blue. It would be useful to have a glossary again at the end of each chapter, but most words are explained in context, too. Tone and information are clear throughout.
The objectives are maintained throughout the book and the types of exercises at the end of each chapter are also consistent. I have used pieces of the text before for a class instead of using the whole, and they divide up well for the most part. The final three chapters, for instance, are outside of the scope of my week college success class, and it was easy to work without them. There are some links to other chapters in most of the chapters, but the references are rarely critical.
Chapter 2 is probably the most difficult to work without -- if it is included, then the basis for goal-setting and time-management and organization that it provides scaffolds the rest of the content.
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Activities in all sections and chapters can be used or ignored with no great loss. This has a pretty logical flow. Not all of chapter 1 seems necessary depending on the population being taught , and Chapter 2 seems to come a little out of order: time management seems the most critical of the skills being explained here, so putting it before space organization was useful.
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In fact, Chapter 2 seems like it could be broken into two pieces or taught over two weeks, while Chapter 1 is basically first-day-of-class material. Otherwise, most chapters would correspond neatly to a single week of content including activities. I found Chapter 7 a little thin -- it could sustain a day's discussion -- while Chapter 8 seems like it's an entire course unto itself since writing is required on most colleges.
This works fine in any format for reading. If one is using the exercises in the book, then it is necessary to use a format where students can print or copy the exercises easily.
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The final few chapters try to tackle huge issues in a very basic way. They might be useful, but having an open discussion of campus policies and current events will be more useful. For example, the nutrition and weight chapter conflates weight and health in a way that's offensive, but the sleep chapter would likely be useful for many students. Likewise, the sexual health chapter has some reasonable advice but also suggests that victims are in the best position to prevent sexual assault by following three steps.
That's nonsense and is over the border into victim shaming. I've found major pieces of this work very useful, and I would encourage those considering it to read the chapters most relevant to their course outcomes and adapt when they adopt. The content of this book is very comprehensive. The author provides very useful information to consider about college success. It really helps you to understand more about life in college.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Academic Writing
The information about your health, finances, careers, The information about your health, finances, careers, etc. This book presented the information in a clear way. The book is very consistent. The author begins each chapter with a self-assessment.
Why Academic Teaching Doesn't Help Kids Excel In Life
Students can survey themselves to know where they are at in their lives, where they want to be and ways they can get there. The author also includes resources links, tips and checkpoint exercises. At the end of each chapter the author presents a list of key takeaway points from the chapter that really summarizes the chapter. Another plus for each chapter is the Learning Objectives in the beginning of each chapter.
The book presented a good modularity. The author organized the book into chapters that are organized into sections. The book has a good interface. Links to resources websites worked and are very useful for students. This book is culturally relevant. The author included a variety of examples of differences in cultures and how in college we have people from different cultures. I really enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend this book to any instructor. I like the way the author presented the book and how he included these 4 points in each chapter: learning objectives, self-assessment, checkpoint exercises and key takeaway.
The author of this book seemed very knowledgeable and the information presented in this book will be very useful to my students. I found the text to be very thorough and comprehensive.
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It covers important areas that are crucial to the success of 1st year college students, especially those who may not be completely ready for the post-secondary experience. Its length may be Its length may be daunting ,however all the topic covered are relevant and essential for the student enrolled in a College Success course. In comparison to the text the department has been using for a number of years, the content was both relevant and timely.
I did not personally check all the hyperlinks, however the ones that I did were current and active.
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