The self-reflective surveys at the beginning of each chapter are a great way for students to assess their current mindset and prepare for the readings ahead. Information contained in general student success text books typically have a fairly long shelf life. This book is current regarding the challenges and benefits of face to face vs. virtual education. A Glossary is missing. In addition, the formatting of the text could make it necessary for an adopter to reconfigure worksheets as some of them start in the middle of a page. The basic principle of active involvement includes the following pair of key components or processes: (a) the amount of personal time a student devotes to learning in college, and (2) the degree of personal effort or energy (mental and physical) that a student puts into the learning process. I used to hear, “Attending college will make you a well-rounded person” or “It sets you apart from those that do not attend,” yet it never felt true at the time. The language is fairly neutral and does not use slang. The text provided excellent comprehensiveness, ranging from academic success suggestions, personal and interpersonal advice, over-all college success advice, to managing time and money. Students report gains in personal and social development, competence, and satisfaction with the undergraduate college experience. Career Advancement Tips: Want To Move Vertical or Horizontal in Your Career?

The flow of this text is logical, although anyone using it could easily move chapter assignments around. I felt the style of writing could retain student interest, and included many practical tips which would be helpful.

These are very important topics that students will experience within the social world of college.

There are no issues with the consistency of the material presented. My students this semester advised me to use this textbook again. You can pick it up at any point to reference or refer students to a particular portion with ease. I will select this text for use in my “Becoming an Exceptional Student” course. completing reading assignments, editing writing assignments, conducting library esearch, and reviewing results of exams and course assignments. I did not encounter any problems access or saving the document. I found the diverse student success stories and real life scenarios lend themselves to self reflection. The chapters present the topics in an easy to follow and organized format.

Each chapter does offer engaging activities for the student. On text pages 55-56 and 409, example scenarios could be interpreted as showing ethnic stereotypes. Might your story be similar to this one someday?

In many ways the topic of this book is timeless. Additionally, some words are in different colors that are NOT hyperlinks. It has been a dream in the making, as he was unable to attend immediately after high school graduation.

There is so much Reginald is unsure of, yet he knows it’s a step in the right direction. Use the calculator to keep track of where you stand. Reviewed by Travis Rybchinski, Instructor, Dakota College at Bottineau on 1/7/16, This textbooks covers many different subject areas that can help first time college students gain success. All the activity, checkpoint exercises are great but it would be easier if the students can print everything. The writing style is easy to follow and free of any grammatical errors. The effects of learning communities are greatest for first-year students. The text does good job of including sections for non-traditional students without getting bogged down with too many exceptions. Yes, it was a lot of hard work again, and yes, my friends wondered why I wanted to go back again, but I knew then that this was the best choice for me. It also allows the user to adopt only portions of the overall book deemed useful to personal situations. Reviewed by James Salisbury, Reference Librarian/Department Chair, Community College of Rhode Island on 4/11/17, I found the text to be very thorough and comprehensive. Reviewed by Katherine Brau, Professor, Hibbing Community College on 2/1/18, Having taught first year seminars for a number of years, the numerous topics covered within the text are the traditional topics for student success including study skill, college orientation and personal choice strategies. The strong points of the textbook are the substantive material, especially relating to traditional academic topics like reading, note-taking, test tips and the like. Those who believe they can achieve their academic goals will definitely do it. Personal Values: what is important to you; what you care about doing. The best advice is to commit to making your freshman year count.

Jumping sections means a bit of hunting. Why does this quote best represent your personal definition success? There were no blatant examples of cultural insensitivity that I noted. For example, rather than relying just on your own knowledge, notes, and skills, try studying with other students in your difficult classes. The pictures included many types of students. So, my question really is this. Overall, I highly recommend this book. The pressbooks version linked here can be awkward for requiring exercise completion, as students will have to rewrite or copy/paste and then worry about spacing for most of them. I found the book extremely relevant. This book is written in accessible and clear language. Also, it would be beneficial for them to study the chapters on reading (Chapter 5) and note-taking (Chapter 4) before or at the start of their other courses. It has a good Table of Contents, which is sufficient for navigating the book.

While the text is a few years old, the information is still pertinent for student success. The text provided excellent comprehensiveness, ranging from academic success suggestions, personal and interpersonal advice, over-all college success advice, to managing time and money.

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. I am in my 15th year teaching community college and non-traditional students, and experience shows many individuals will tune out rather than read the copious text of those chapters. Participate in class discussion and maybe even join a study group. The content is very accurate and sometimes redundant. Early warning systems are especially important for students who start college with risk factors or who may be struggling academically. It is thorough and has an easy flow to it. Here are the five most significant factors in determining college success. Action is the foundational key to all success. To help you answer, take this quick self-assessment about your college goals and beyond.

The book is very comprehensive and would be a great resource for traditional college students attending a university for the first time. I thought these were all laid out well and engaging for the student. 1. It really helps you to understand more about life in college.