- Series: MindTap Course List
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 8 edition (January 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1305397479
- ISBN-13: 978-1305397477
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 390 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (MindTap Course List) 8th Edition
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Get Ahead with Downing's On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life
Toolbox for Active Learners
Unlike texts that present a long menu of study options, On Course organizes study skills based on the logical learning steps as identified by research on the brain and effective methods for learning. The strategies are all collected here so you can easily refer to this section. The section also includes a new Study Skills Self-Assessment that you can take before learning about study skills to discover areas where you can improve. At the end of the course, retake the self-assessment to see how far you've come.
Guided Journal Entries
A guided journal entry immediately follows each article about a success strategy, giving you an opportunity to apply the strategy you have just learned to enhance your results in college and in life. Many instructors of the course say the guided journal writings are extremely powerful in helping students make new and more effective choices, thus improving their academic success and persistence.
Case Studies in Critical Thinking
Case studies help you apply the strategies you are learning to real-life situations. As such, they help prepare you to make wise choices in the kinds of challenging situations you will likely face in college. Because case studies don't have 'right' answers, they'll help you develop your critical and creative thinking.
One Student's Story
These 28 short essays are authored by fellow students who used On Course strategies to improve the quality of their outcomes and experiences in college. These stories show the positive and dramatic results possible when you apply what you learn in this course to overcome the multitude of challenges that can sabotage your success in college, and beyond.
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MindTap empowers you to produce your best work—consistently. MindTap shows where you stand at all times—both individually and compared to the highest performers in class.
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"Using the ON COURSE curriculum has impacted retention in a positive direction at our school. The textbook is engaging and diversified, and the format appeals to students at all levels of collegiate study. The topics are relevant to "real life," and students readily see the value of applying ON COURSE principles in their lives--from a personal, academic, and/or career-related perspective. ON COURSE provides valuable tools for pursuing success, and the textbook is replete with visuals, cartoons, quotes, tips, and testimonies that the students love."
"ON COURSE is life-changing for my students. I have seen students evolve in ways they never imagined in a matter of a semester thanks to ON COURSE. I cannot imagine using another book. No other book encompasses the reflective, introspective, and success attributes that ON COURSE does. ON COURSE walks students through their journey of self-discovery and allows them to grow into the student they have always wanted to become."
About the Author
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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Also, the book itself is classic College 101 BS material. Become accountable! Be a better person! Do your homework! Thanks, I really needed to pay for a $150 class + Book + Mindtap TM subscription just for you to tell me that.
Shove off, Skip. Hope you have fun with the money. Buy yourself a Porsche or something, Mr. Successful Pyramid-Scheme-Man.