(T.O.C. from 3e - Need 4e Update) 1. Becoming a Student.
Looking Back and Moving Forward: Applying Life Experiences to Being a Student.
Working with Others.
Researching a Problem.
How Being a Student Affects Your Relationships with Others.
Friends and Family Members.
Presenting Your Work.
Learning On-Line.BOX: Classroom Do's and Don'ts.
Getting Your Work Done.
Setting Goals.BOX: Communication and Goals. Additional Resources.2. Assessing Learning Needs and Course Requirements.
Types of Learners.
Auditory Learner.WORKSHEET: Evaluating Your Learning Style. BOX: Tips for Capitalizing on Your Learning Style.
Understanding Classroom Formats.
Workshop.WORKSHEET: Assessing Your Preferred Class Format.
Recognizing Different Areas of Study.
Choosing Your Classes.
Deciphering Course Descriptions.BOX: Identifying Your Course Requirements.
Evaluating a Course Syllabus.BOX: Questions to Ask About a Course. WORKSHEET: Your College Career Plan.
What you can expect from an on-line course.
BOX: Successful Learning On-line.3. Identifying College Resources.
Study Skills Classes.
Counselors for Students with Disabilities.
Tutoring Networks.BOX: Making the Best Use of Support Resources.
Librarians.BOX: Planning a Meeting With an Advisor.4. Strategies for Managing Time and Stress.
Time Commitments of Being a Student.
Ten Hints for Time Management.
1. Be realistic.
2. Build in "safe time."
3. Keep a planner.
4. Find a space.
5. Look at the big picture.
6. Speak up about your concerns and commitments.
7. Work a little every day.
8 Make a checklist each week.
9. Just say no.
10. Get a study buddy.
Six Tips for Managing Stress.
1. Identify a source of comfort.
2. Try relaxation techniques.
3. Use exercise.
4. Try imagery.
5. Find an anchor.
6. Connect with your support system.BOX: Relaxation Exercise. 5. Developing Note-Taking, Studying, and Test-Taking Skills.
Taking Notes from Different Kinds of Instructors.
The Organized Lecturer.
The Discusser.BOX: General Pointers for Taking Class Notes.
How to Prepare for Tests.
Preparing for a Multiple-Choice or Short-Answer Test.
Preparing for an Essay Test.
Test-Taking.BOX: Types of Essay Questions.
Understanding Your Grade.Additional Resources. 6. Strategies for Reading.
Taking an Active Approach to Reading.
Reading a Textbook.
Reading a Theoretical or Critical Book or Article.
Reading Poetry.BOX: Analyzing Your Reading Assignments.7. Strategies for Research.
Choosing a Research Topic.
Formulating a Research Question.
Distinguishing Primary and Secondary Sources.
Professional and Scholarly Journals.
Dissertations. Book Review Digest. Biographical Indexes.
Newspaper Indexes. On-line Databases. CD-ROM. Using the Internet
for Research. Evaluating Internet sites. BOX: Internet
Lingo. Taking Notes Based on Your Research. Using Quotations.
Paraphrasing. Summarizing. Documenting Sources. Styles of
Documentation. Organizing Your Notes. Index Cards. Notebooks. Tape
Recorders. Computer Files. Plagiarism and Overdocumentation. What
is Plagiarism? When Does Plagiarism Occur? How Can You Avoid
Plagiarism? Are You Overdocumenting? BOX: Useful Guides to
Research. Additional Resources. 8. Strategies for Writing.
Writer's Block: What Is It and What Causes It? BOX: Writing
Assignment Checklist. Generating Ideas. Journal Writing.
Freewriting, Brainstorming, and Mind-Mapping. BOX: An Example of
Freewriting. Starting with Passages from Source Material.
Outlining. BOX: Sample Paragraph Outline. Visualizing a
Reader. Planning. Drafting. Writing an Introduction. Developing
Paragraphs. Writing a Conclusion. Revising. BOX: Revision
Checklist. Three Qualities to Aim for in Your Writing. Conciseness.
Clarity. BOX: Eliminating Unnecessary Words. Coherence. Appendix A:
Grammar Brushup. The Parts of Speech. What Is a Sentence?
Pronoun Protocol. Handling Verbs. Placing Phrases and Clauses
Logically. Punctuation. Using the Active Voice. Possessives. Common
Usage Errors. Additional Resources. Appendix B: Math Brushup. Math
Anxiety Is a Learned Behavior. Overcoming Mathematics Anxiety. The
Language of Mathematics. Arithmetic. Multiplication. Fractions.
Decimals and Percentages. Scientific Notation. Algebra. Some Rules
of Algebra. The Order of Operations. Negative Numbers. The Number
Line. The Real Number System. Commutative Property. Associative
Property. Identity Properties. Inverse Properties. Distributive
Property. Expressions and Equations. Properties of Equality. Linear
Equations. Prime Numbers and Factoring. Working with Exponents. The
First Law of Exponents. The Second Law of Exponents. The Third Law
of Exponents. Nth Roots and Rational Exponents. Ratios. A Method
for Dealing with Word Problems. Appendix C: Financing Your
Education. WORKSHEET: Assessing Your College Expenses. How
to Find Financial Aid. Scholarships and Grants. Loans.
Assistantships, Internships, and Work-Study Plans.
On-Line Resources. Index.
Adults who enter college have unique challenges and concerns. New Beginnings is entirely devoted to helping adults develop skills to succeed in college from how to manage time and stress to how to develop strong writing and study skills. Specifically addressing adults by building on skills they already use in their everyday work and lives, this friendly, accessible, and supportive guide shows readers what to expect and how to create success in college. The 4th edition offers an expanded section on internet research and writing with a word processor. Eight chapters include information on test-taking, note-taking, classroom protocol, resources for help, strategies for reading and thinking critically; plus a basic grammar and math review.
Linda Simon is Professor of English at Skidmore College. She has taught adult learners in Harvard University's Extension School. Her latest book is The Critical Reception of Henry James: Creating a Master; she also has written biographies of Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, and William James.