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Choosing Success
Choosing Success

Choosing Success, 3rd Edition

ISBN10: 1259924955 | ISBN13: 9781259924958
By Rhonda Atkinson and Debbie Longman
© 2019

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Choosing Success focuses on how good decision-making skills determine success in all aspects of life. From study skills to money management, Choosing Success applies active and service learning techniques as well as the 5C decision-making model to prepare students for success.

By incorporating a decision-making focus into every chapter, Choosing Success emphasizes accountability and conveys to students how important they are in their own success. Students do not merely become successful, but rather they choose to be successful.

Choice starts with the decision to acquire a secondary education, and from then on everything students do is based on their decision-making skills. The more they practice good decision making, the more control they have over their successes and failures. Choosing Success is unique in that it provides students with a process for decision making as well as numerous opportunities to think through the choices and decisions they face as a college student-and beyond.

CHAPTER ONE: First Steps to Choosing Success  
Module 1.1: The First Week of Class 
Module 1.2: How College Is Different 
Module 1.3: 5C Approach for Decision Making
Module 1.4:Learning as an Active Decision 
Module 1.5: Maximizing Your Use of Choosing Success
CHAPTER TWO: Interacting with Your College Community 
Module 2.1: Understanding the Language of Your School: Catalog and Website Content 
Module 2.2: Campus Offices, Resources, and Services 
Module 2.3: Experiencing Campus Diversity 
Module 2.4: Getting Involved: Joining Campus Groups
Module 2.5: Working with Faculty
Module 2.6: Communication and Conflict Resolution
CHAPTER THREE: Deciding to Know Yourself  
Module 3.1: Aptitudes and Abilities  
Module 3.2: Values 
Module 3.3: Environmental Preferences 
Module 3.4: Sensory Preferences  
Module 3.5: Processing Preferences  
Module 3.6: Your Multiple Intelligences  
Module 3.7: Your Personality Type  
Module 3.8: Your Instructor’s Style  
CHAPTER FOUR: Choosing Goals for College and Life  
Module 4.1: Identifying Goals  
Module 4.2: Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals 
Module 4.3: Locus of Control 
Module 4.4: Myths and Realities of Achieving Goals 
Module 4.5: Mind Growth and Staying On Track
Module 4.6:Grade Point Average 
CHAPTER FIVE: Decisions for Managing Time  
Module 5.1: Overcoming Procrastination 
Module 5.2: Managing Your Term and Week 
Module 5.3: Daily To-Do Lists
Module 5.4: Choices about Self-Talk  
Module 5.5: Achieving Balance  
Module 5.6: Using Digital Time Management Tools 
Module 5.7: Living Arrangements and Time Management
CHAPTER SIX: Choices for Succeeding in Class and Online Courses
Module 6.1: Choosing to Become an Active Listener in Class
Module 6.2: Listening in Different Learning Situations  
Module 6.3: Taking Good Lecture Notes 
Module 6.4: After-Class Follow-Through 
Module 6.5: Digital Notetaking Tools 
CHAPTER SEVEN: Choosing to Read Actively  
Module 7.1: Preparing to Learn  
Module 7.2: Reading Textbooks 
Module 7.3: Course Readings in Nontraditional Text Formats 
Module 7.4: Reading Math and Science Textbooks 
Module 7.5: Online Reading Techniques 
Module 7.6: Critical Reading and Thinking
CHAPTER EIGHT: Decisions about Study and Test Taking  
Module 8.1: Decisions about Study Preparation  
Module 8.2: Organizing Study Materials  
Module 8.3: Choices for Practicing and Remembering Content
Module 8.4: Using Online Tools for Test Preparation
Module 8.5: Overcoming Test Anxiety  
Module 8.6: Choices for Exam Success
Module 8.7: After-Exam Analysis  
CHAPTER NINE: Making Choices about Today’s Technology
Module 9.1: Learning in the Digital Age 
Module 9.2: Choices for Successful Use of the Internet and the Web
Module 9.3: Evaluating Worth 
Module 9.4: Choices in Electronic Access 
Module 9.5: Rights and Responsibilities of Digital Citizenship
Module 9.6: Deciding to Become a Distance Learner
CHAPTER TEN: Making Financial Decisions
Module 10.1: Budgeting  
Module 10.2: Financing Your Education
Module 10.3: Managing Your Credit, Debit, and other Financial Decisions
Module 10.4: Protecting Your Digital Identity and Financial Reputation
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Choosing Health and Wellness
Module 11.1: What Is Stress? 
Module 11.2: Coping with Stress and Crisis Situations
Module 11.3: Physical Fitness
Module 11.4: Making Decisions about Health Problems 
Module 11.5: Safer Sex 
Module 11.6: Staying Safe 
CHAPTER TWELVE: Exploring Career Options and Opportunities
Module 12.1: Choosing a Major 
Module 12.2: Degree Options 
Module 12.3: Scheduling Coursework 
Module 12.4: Planning for a Career
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About the Author

Rhonda Atkinson

Rhonda Holt Atkinson is originally from Arkansas. She taught first-year students at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge for 20 years, at Central Missouri State University (CMSU) for about 7 years, and is now a professor of education at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. In addition to this textbook, she has written many other college textbooks in reading and study skills with Debbie Guice Longman and worked on a variety of other writing projects, such as workplace learning in industrial construction trades, ESL health curricula for low-literate adults, after-school programs on museums in Louisiana for middle school students, and curriculum evaluation projects for the U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman.

Debbie Longman

Debbie Guice Longman hails from Louisiana. She taught first-year students at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge for about 10 years, where she met Rhonda Holt Atkinson. She is currently a professor at Southeastern Louisiana
University in Hammond, Louisiana, about 45 miles from New Orleans, where she has taught for almost 20 years. In addition to this textbook, she and Rhonda Atkinson have co-authored many other college textbooks in reading and study skills and consulted on a variety of other projects, including high school and university curricula, workplace learning in industrial construction trades, and career school in- services. Dr. Longman is a certified Quality Matters (QM) Master Trainer.


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