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On Course: Stategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (Textbook-specific CSFI) 6th Edition

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"One of the things that I like about On Course (in addition to its' compact size) is that the concern is with students knowing themselves as learners, as well as, human beings….On Course has helped me in relaying this fact to the many students who have passed through my classroom doors. Thank you!" --Josephine Adamo, State University of New York College at Buffalo

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Skip Downing is an international consultant in the field of faculty development and student success strategies. Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both English and counseling psychology. He was professor of English at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for 32 years. In addition to his role as an academic instructor, Dr. Downing created and coordinated BCCC's Student Success and Learning Community Programs. These programs teach students how to apply proven success strategies to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program resulted in a significant increase in both student academic success and retention. Dr. Downing has made numerous presentations at national conferences and conducted faculty development workshops at many two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Downing's teaching, writing, and consulting are all guided by his belief that the greatest mission of any educational institution is to empower its students to live rich, fulfilling lives. Since 1996, he has facilitated the On Course Workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators focusing on proven strategies for helping students become active, responsible partners in their education and achieve greater success in college and in life.
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Product Details

  • Series: Textbook-specific CSFI
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6th edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439082170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439082171
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in my early forties and wish this book was around when I was originally in college earning my BA. I had to figure out a lot of organizational and academic strategies on my own, mostly through trial and error. I'm furthering my education and this book was required for a class that I had to take. It is filled with awesome information. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is planning to attend college at any stage in their life. I think this would be great for high school students as well. A must read for Seniors in High School who are prepping to begin college. I also think this is good for anyone who is not naturally good at organizing or time management. Very insightful and an invaluable book!
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After reading this book, it was a great way to relate to others going through similar experiences. Life events are not always as simple as what is described it this book. Getting started is sometimes the most challenging part.
The information was useful and effectively helps students to receive a higher college grade, while giving examples of what to do with their lives at the same time. It may seem unnecessary to some, yet I recommend taking the time to read through this fully, especially if you are already a student having difficulty progressing, and try and complete all the activities to the best of your ability.
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I bought this as my first used academic book for College and I was pleasantly surprised at how good of a condition it was in. Very little marking in the book itself and only light ware on the outside of the book. The seller described the book perfectly.

As for the book, I have learned quite a bit from it over this course and have found some of the information can be applied to everyday life as well as your professional and academic lives.
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I really enjoyed this book because I was able to graduate this summer from college. The study tools and strategies is awesome! The only bummer is that my classmate had the 5th ED, with the same information and she paid a cheaper price.
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a professor and never made time for it. I sure wish I had! This book is amazing. My book has so many highlights and personal notes that I will not be selling this back. Every page has a goldmine of information. The biggest takeaway is that success is achievable - successful people make successful choices. Successful choices become a habit of success. Success is not elusive, just for the chosen few. Anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, or nationality, or age can be a success.

I will definitely be keeping this book as a reference.

The quotes are fun and the real life examples are relatable.

5 stars
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This is a must read for the college and an excellent read for any employee. The book really brings the student to know themselves first. This is because the student needs to know how they respond in several situations in order to be a better than average student.
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The only thing is I used this book in replacement of the next edition. A bit does change from the next edition jus a heads up. The book was practically new! Got a mint condition book for the fraction of the price!!
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If you want a total makeover on self this is the book to help you. This book was awesome to read and is definitely a keeper. On Course not only helps you as a college student but it also helps you personally as well. This book helped me to see some things within me that were show stoppers in me moving into another season.Be prepared if you read this to see some things about yourself that you won't want to see but then the change can begin.
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