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College Success

Version 4.0
By Bruce Beiderwell and Tom Lochhaas

Key Features

  • Nearly 40 embedded hyperlinks to videos and webpages enrich hybrid and online courses, engage students, and reinforce or augment many of the presented topics
  • Practical, no-nonsense approach that is easily understood and can be successfully applied by students with any background or level of preparation
  • Clearly organized, consistent structure supports optimal learning
  • Stimulates and supports active reading, self-reflection, and critical thought
  • Engages learners with rich and insight-generating self-assessments woven throughout
  • Particularly strong coverage of adapting to college (Ch. 1 “Your and Your College Experience”), note taking (Ch. 3 “Listening, Taking Notes, and Remembering”), and financial literacy (Ch. 10 “Taking Control of Your Finances”)
  • Consistent and supportive framework reinforces learning:
    • “Where Are You Now?” assessments begin each chapter and help students gauge their present knowledge and attitudes about forthcoming chapter topics
    • “Where Do You Want to Go?” assessments immediately follow and build upon the preceding “Where Are You Now?” questions to help students determine what they want to get out of the following chapter
    • “How to Get There” bullet-point summaries connect what students discovered about themselves in the chapter-opening assessments to the material in the chapter to come
    • Interactive self-assessments, case studies, and tips for success are strategically placed throughout each chapter to engage students’ interest and take advantage of teachable moments
    • Additional interactive features throughout
      • “Make an Action List” at the end of every chapter encourages learners to turn thoughts and intentions into measurable progress
      • “Activities” provide brief opportunities for students to critically evaluate and process their own thoughts, actions, and behaviors to raise awareness that leads to self-improvement
      • “Exercises” prompt students to reflect on the material just read and take it to a new level by interacting with key concepts in written responses to prompts
    • “Key Takeaways” and “Checkpoint Exercises” at the end of every section reflect the section’s “Learning Objectives” and encourage students to consolidate what they just read while it is fresh to be best retained
    • End-of-Chapter material
      • “Chapter Takeaway” summaries
      • “Chapter Reviews” that call for written responses
      • “Outside the Book” sections that expand learning opportunities through activities such as journaling
      • “Make an Action List” that helps students transition from thinking to doing
      • “Class Discussion Questions” to connect with students and stimulate interaction
    • Customizable
    • Pricing: Online Access:  $24.95;  Color Printed Textbook with Online Access:  $34.95


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College Success is intended for courses that encourage first-year and at-risk college students to persist in their programs of study and achieve their educational goals. Courses are often called College Success, The College Experience, Succeeding in College, First-Year or Freshman Orientation, or similar titles. They may be offered for full, partial, or no credit and are found in most two- and many four-year colleges and universities.

College Success provides the crucial information students need to take control of their college experiences and meet or exceed their educational and life objectives. This book is not simply a collection of learning theories and extensive details that merely discusses student success. Rather, it is a straightforward, “how-to” approach for succeeding in college. College Success provides realistic, practical guidance on a range of topics, including study skills, personal health choices, test taking, online learning, using AI wisely and ethically, and managing time and money. Most importantly, College Success presents information in a simple, concise, and student-friendly format.

New in This Version

  • Learning Objectives and Key Takeaways consistently revised to better reflect surrounding content
  • New video content and outside sources in every section
  • Increased emphasis on succeeding in online learning, “flipped” classrooms, and other delivery modalities 
  • Increased coverage of math anxiety and strategies for math course success (Section 1.4)
  • Post-pandemic changes in education (Section 1.5)
  • New information on student persistence (Section 2.2)
  • New discussion of how students can use technology to their advantage (Section 2.3)
  • More on time management and realistic estimates of student tasks (Section 2.4)
  • Additional coverage of critical thinking with evidence, dealing with misinformation, and confirmation bias (Section 3.3)
  • New discussion of how to recover from a poor score on an exam (Section 6.7)
  • New section detailing online class strategies (Section 7.3)
  • New insights into communicating with online instructors (Section 7.4)
  • New section on the “dos and don’ts” of using A.I. to assist in writing papers (Section 8.3)
  • New section on “Staying Motivated” with exercise and fitness choices (Section 10.4)
  • New section on using Financial Aid wisely (Section 11.6)
  • New section on using Online employment applications (Section 12.8)
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Instructor’s Manual

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Bruce Beiderwell University of California - Los Angeles

Bruce Beiderwell (PhD University of California, Los Angeles) is former Director of UCLA’s writing programs. He regularly taught  developmental writing classes that served students who arrived at UCLA without the preparation or skills they needed to succeed. To further the writing program’s success, Bruce worked closely with colleagues in English as a Second Language, Library Science, Athletics, and Counseling to identify, place, and instruct at-risk students. Throughout his academic career, Bruce was integrally involved in student placement and curriculum development and consulted extensively on the development of teaching materials for use in business settings.

Tom Lochhaas

Tom Lochhaas (MFA University of Arizona; ABD Washington University) is a teacher, professional writer, editor, and consultant. Tom has taught at the University of Arizona, Otterbein College, Washington University, and UCLA. His teaching focus has been on first-year courses with an emphasis on reading, writing, and study and communication skills. He has a special interest in working with underprepared students and recent immigrants. As a college instructor, Tom has always stressed what students actually need—not necessarily what others might think they need—to succeed in their studies. He specializes in making textbooks accessible for students in many curriculum areas including communications, software and technical manuals, and public health information. In his work with public organizations such as the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council, Tom has applied a recognized expertise in language and reading to ensure a wide range of publications are appropriate for their intended audiences. This extensive writing background and student-centered teaching philosophy has shaped his approach to writing for the college success course.

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