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On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College, Career, and Life, 9th Edition
ON COURSE: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND IN LIFE, 9th Edition, empowers you with the tools you need to take charge of your academic and lifelong success. A self-assessment at the beginning of the text helps you identify behaviors and beliefs you may wish to change in order to achieve more of your potential in college and in life. Through short articles and distinctive guided journal entries, the author encourages you to explore and develop eight keys to your success: personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem. As you develop these skills, you’ll find yourself making more effective choices and achieving greater success in college and in life. “Healthy Choices” and “At Work” articles will teach you strategies for making wise choices in college and beyond.
On Course is intended for college students of any age who want to create success in college, in their career, and in life. Whether students are taking a student success or first-year seminar course, a career course, a writing course, a course in any discipline, or an “inward-looking” course in psychology, self-exploration, or personal growth, On Course is an instruction manual for dramatically improving the quality of their outcomes and experiences. Through self-assessments, articles, guided journals, case studies in critical thinking, and inspiring stories from other students, On Course empowers students with time-proven strategies for creating a great life—academic, professional, and personal. Online resources within MindTap additionally provide students with essential study skills.
Students learn the techniques that have helped hundreds of thousands of students create extraordinary success!
Since its first publication in 1996, On Course has become a market leader, standing out in the crowded field of student success texts. Increasingly, educators and researchers are finding (as we have) that engaging and empowering students to become active, responsible learners produces significant increases in both student academic success and retention. In addition, the process empowers them to create great things in their personal and professional lives. Our goal is to make this new edition of On Course even more helpful to the success of students and educators alike.
What’s New in This Edition of On Course: Highlights
■● On Course at Work. The ninth edition of On Course shows how all the skills learned in this course will help students succeed in their careers. Every career article in the book has been revised and greatly expanded to show students how the same skills that will help them excel in college will help them succeed in the work world. Topics include the contribution to career success of essential soft skills: personal responsibility, self motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence, and believing in oneself. The technical career preparation and employment skills addressed include choosing a major, selecting a career, résumé and cover letter preparation, seeking mentors, personal branding, interview preparation, performance reviews, networking, maintaining work-life balance, and employee engagement. Healthy Choices. Making healthy choices can be challenging, especially in college. Appearing in Chapters 2 through 8, these new articles discuss topics that directly affect students’ health—and their academic success. Topics include alcohol, drugs, smoking, food, nonalcoholic drinks, exercise, and sleep. Each article provides an overview of the latest scientific research on the topic and ends with wise choices students can make to ensure success—in college, in their career, and in life.
■● Six New “One Student’s Stories.” A popular feature in earlier editions, these short essays—now numbering 32 in all—are authored by students who used what they learned from On Course to improve the
quality of their outcomes and experiences in college and in life. Videos of many of the student-authors reading their essays may be viewed in MindTap.
■● Developing grit. This article explores the role grit plays in student success. It encourages students to take the Grit Scale, developed by psychologist Angela Duckworth, and offers strategies for how students can increase their grit and, thus, their perseverance in completing a college degree.
■● Discussion on hope theory. Researcher Charles Snyder has demonstrated that students with higher “hope levels” earn better grades and have higher graduation rates than students with low hope levels. This new content provides specific strategies students can use to raise their hope levels, increasing their motivation to succeed in college.
■● Developing a growth mindset. Psychologists, inspired by the work of Stanford’s Carol Dweck, have confirmed that mindsets influence the choices that learners make and thus shape students’ academic outcomes. This revised article guides students to choose a “growth” mindset, proven to help students excel as learners.
■● Information competency. This newly expanded article encourages students to apply the critical thinking skills they’ve learned in the book to distinguish between accurate and false information. The article discusses the importance of information competency, how to identify false information (especially from online or social media sources), how to avoid common scams that target college students, and how to improve one’s information competency. A revised journal entry asks students to reflect on and apply their new skills in information competency.
■● Tech Tips. Many websites and apps are available to help students achieve greater success. On Course features updated Tech Tips sections that identify free websites and apps that can help students employ the soft skills of personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence, and believing in oneself, as well as hard skills related to effective studying and learning.