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Keys to College Success, 8th edition

  • Carol J. Carter
  • Sarah Lyman Kravits

Published by Pearson (August 24th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

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For First Year Experience, Student Success, and Introduction to College courses for students attending four year programs.

Keys to College Success sets the standard for connecting academic success to success beyond school, showing students how to apply strategies within college, career, and life. This Eighth edition retains Keys' tried-and-true emphasis on thinking skills and problem solving, re-imagined with two goals in mind: One, a risk and reward framework that reflects the demands today's students face, and two, a focus on student experience specific to four-year schools with a more extensive research base and increased metacognition.


Keys to College Success helps students take ownership, develop academic and transferable skills, and show the results of commitment and action so they are well equipped with the concentration, commitment, focus, and persistence necessary to succeed. MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) helps students to 'Start strong, Finish stronger' by acquiring the skills they need to succeed for ongoing personal and professional development.


Teaching & Learning Experience: Strategies for College, Career, and Life Success

Keys to College Success provides the established KEYS set of tools for success — an understanding of how coursework connects to career and life goal achievement, and analytical, creative, and practical thinking coverage that empowers a range of cognitive ability. This program provides:

· Personalized Learning with MyStudentSuccessLab: Whether face-to-face or online, MyStudentSuccessLab helps students build the skills they need through peer-led video interviews, interactive practice exercises, and activities that provide academic, life, and professionalism skills.

· College Connection to Career and Life Goals: Infused with a fresh focus on risk and reward, showing that the reward of success in the modern world demands a risk of vision and persistent effort over time. It raises the bar to show students that they must risk action to grow, thrive, and contribute in order to make their college investment pay off in gainful employment, meaningful work, and community involvement.

· Thinking Skills coverage:Comprehensive content with research references lend credibility and perspective to concepts, targeted exercises that explore personally relevant situations in context, and sustained focus throughout each topic.

· Tailored to the Four Year Program experience: Acknowledges global economic change and instability and hones in on student concerns about employability skills and debt management so the four-year college experience is framed in practical, work-relevant ways even as it supports the value of a liberal education. New coverage of resources, topics, and research support concepts.

Table of contents

Quick Start to College: Helpful Information and Advice as You Begin

1. The Rewards of College: What Are You Willing to Risk to Reach Your Goals?

2. Goals, Time, Stress Management: What Trade-Offs Are You Willing to Make?

3. Emotional and Physical Wellness: How Healthy Are You Willing to Be?

4. Personality and Learning Preferences: Who Are You and What Makes You Unique?

5. Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking: How Can You Maximize Brain Power?

6. Reading, Research, and Writing: How Can You Develop Deep Understanding?

7. Note-taking, Memory, and Studying: How Can You Retain What You Learn?

8. Test Taking: How Can You Show What You Know?

9. People, Resources and Opportunities: How Can You Make the Most of College Life?

10. Plan for Career Success: What is Your Purpose and Your Passion?

11. Mathematical and Financial Literacy: How can You Be Money Smart?

12. Thriving in a Diverse Global Community: How Can You Communicate Effectively and Make a Difference?

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