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New Beginnings: A Reference Guide for Adult Learners (4th Edition) Paperback – February 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0137152308 ISBN-10: 0137152302 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (February 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137152302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137152308
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether choosing to attend school to pursue a new career or to seek advancement in a current career, students will find New Beginnings an invaluable resource to help guide their journey.  Providing much needed relevance to the adult college experience, this book focuses on adjusting to student-life, juggling responsibilities, maximizing resources, brushing up on basic grammar and math skills, and more.
 
As it builds on skills adults already use in their work and life, they hone many skills including...

  • Making successful oral presentations
  • Managing collaborative work projects
  • Conducting research on the Internet
  • Financing their adult education

 “I like this book. It is easy to read, covers relevant material and guides the student in a supportive manner.”

Bethany Marcus, Ph.D.
Southeastern Virginia Training Center


 "This is the book that provides opportunity for students to reflect upon themselves in terms of returning to an academic environment as a non-traditional student given the tools necessary for academic success.”

Deborah A. Herzog

Lewis & Clark Community College

 

Visit the Student Success Supersite (www.prenhall.com/success), where students and faculty will find an array of resources

 

Start strong. Finish stronger.

 

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About the Author

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.


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Linda Simon's books include biographies of Alice B. Toklas (Gertrude Stein's companion and famous cookbook author), Thornton Wilder (playwright who wrote Our Town), William James (founder of American psychology), Margaret Beaufort (grandmother of Henry VIII), and Coco Chanel. What do these men and women have in common? Defiance. Each of them fought against the life that they should have led to create their own bold path. That's why they made such fascinating subjects. In her biographies, Simon illuminates the struggles, challenges, self-doubts, and moments of pure luck that shaped their lives. She's now working on a history of the circus. After all, isn't running away to join the circus one way to defy the life other people have planned out for you?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ekman Fan on September 12, 2010
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Normally, I don't write reviews. A previous reviewer received a terrible copy of this book, most likely from a reseller. After balking on the purchase of this book, I finally broke down and, despite the negative review, purchased a new copy through Amazon. I'm glad I did!

As an adult learner going back to school (full-time), my anxieties are extremely high. New Beginnings offers a variety of ways to explain present day academia, college culture, classroom etiquette and suggestions to make the most of your study time. The chapters listed are:

1) Becoming a Student
2) Assessing Learning Needs and Course Requirements
3) Identifying College Resources
4) Strategies for Managing Time & Stress
5) Developing Note-Taking, Studying & Test-Taking Skills
6) Strategies for Reading
7) Strategies for Research
8) Strategies for Writing
9) Grammar Brush up
10) Math Brush-up, and
11) Financing your Education

In the past, I have taken on-line courses through an accredited university. All of my course's syllabi depicted course requirements (i.e. research paper) and outlined the professor's expectations. This text provides explanations of formulating a research question; primary & secondary sources; ways to find verifiable documentation; writing styles, etc.

The book is extremely comprehensive and well worth buying. I give five stars to the author with my appreciation!

Update 2014: This book certainly helped me. I graduated with a 3.66 GPA, soon to attend graduate school. The suggestions relating to organization are invaluable! I intend to keep using the same suggestions on this next journey.

Thanks for letting me share.
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By Abel Soto on December 15, 2013
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This IS the book that should've been bought for orientation class in Wayland instead of the other one which is a useless boring book not worth the time to read. This book IS the one to use throughout the entire journey from first course right to the last course. This book IS the guide for making it to graduation, not the other book which I'll happily throw away.
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By CrystalH on November 30, 2013
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The description said this book was used, but it looked brand new! I use it for school, and it was very informative.
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By Amy Renee Shults on March 13, 2013
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This book is easy to follow has helpful hints that can help you in all areas of your day to day task.
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