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New College Success Materials

Here are some new books with tips for studying, learning, and overall success in college!

Ready Study Go! Smart Ways to Learn

51oolq0fskl-_sx324_bo1204203200_By Khurshed Batliwala and Dinesh Ghodke
Call Number: BF201 .B38 2016
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Can studying really be interesting and enjoyable? This book explores attitudes towards studying and offers tips and techniques to turn studying into an interesting, enjoyable activity instead of the dull drudgery that it is for most people.

Learning from the Learners

9781442278615Edited by Elizabeth Berry, Bettina J. Huber, and Cynthia Z. Rawitch
Call Number: LB2395 .L385 2018
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This book turns the traditional approach to student success on its head by examining the learning habits of successful students based on what they have told us about their learning strategies, on what they do to succeed in college, and on the teaching practices they think best foster their learning. This approach is in stark contrast to most recent studies of learning at the college level which focus on what students need to do to succeed, but are written from the point of view of “experts” who provide advice to struggling students.

The Student Leadership Challenge

51kf0zr8til-_sx331_bo1204203200_By James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Call Number: LB2346 .K68 2018
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The Student Leadership Challenge tailors one of the world’s most respected leadership models to students’ unique needs, and provides a proven pathway to success. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this book merges solid research with personal stories from real-world student leaders to help students develop the critical skills they need to lead both now and after graduation. Useful from high school to graduate school and beyond, these lessons are reinforced by reflective and critical thinking activities to help students internalize important concepts while honestly assessing their own practices. Updated and expanded, this new third edition includes four extra chapters to allow deeper investigation, while broader, deeper, and more vivid examples from real-life students illustrate what student leadership looks like around the world. New discussion delves into the research behind the model, as well as the usefulness of leadership in the transition to post-graduate life.

The Freshman Survival Guide

51tolddsezl-_sx329_bo1204203200_By Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey
Call Number: LB2343.32 .F74 2016
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In the four years since its initial publication, The Freshman Survival Guide has helped thousands of first year students make a successful transition to college life. However, much has changed on campuses. The explosion of technology, ubiquity of social media, and culture changes have all added new layers of complexity to the leap from high school to college. This updated edition features new research and advice on issues such as mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance. It also features expanded sections on dating, money management, and an increased focus on how the over 1.5 million incoming freshman can prepare themselves for the biggest change they’ve encountered in their lives: heading off to college.

The Secrets of College Success

51euvhzinul-_sx327_bo1204203200_By Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman
Call Number: LB2343.32 .J35 2013
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The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal. The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to: Pick courses and choose a major; manage your time and develop college-level study skills; get on top of the core requirements; get good grades and avoid stress; interact effectively with the professor; match college and career, and more. New to this second edition are tips for: online courses and MOOCs; community colleges, engineering schools, and arts and design colleges; r-readers, tablets, and laptops; taking out student loans and paying them off, and more.

Teaching Millennials

Explore our newly acquired collection of books about Millennials. “The ‘Millennial Generation’ includes students enrolled in primary grades through high school. These students are also known as Digital Natives, Generation Why, the Net Generation, Generation Me, and i-Kids. The generation includes ages ranging from approximately 7 to 30. This is the generation who have always had technology integrated into their lives–they are connected 24/7. Their experience contrasts greatly with that of adults aged 35 and older, for whom technology is typically an add-on to life. The brains of Millennial students are wired differently–a fact that is important to be aware of and to address.” – From Teaching Millennial Students, Nikirk, Martin.

Ferguson’s Career Center – your questions answered!

Ivy Tech is comprised of a very diverse group of students from all walks of life, but you will find one attribute that ties all of them together—we are a community of career-focused learners. Whether gaining a skillset to enter the workforce for the first time, or continuing education in order to advance in the field, goal-oriented students are as much concerned about what comes next in their career as which assignments are due the next day. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an excellent choice for obtaining information to help students make the right career choices and keep them motivated.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features nearly every aspect of planning for and starting a career. The database has a number of articles that feature “Job Profiles” which feature detailed overviews of an occupation These include a detailed job description, the levels of education and certification required, the range of salary, and the outlook for the occupation going forward. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center can also help with educational goals toward a career with features that help you to plan out your college timeline, show the occupational possibility of different degree programs, and even a provide a comprehensive list of internship and work-study programs for those who want to start their work experience while still in school. When it comes time to actually enter the work force, Ferguson’s also has you covered. The database features articles on how to create the perfect resume, methods for more effective networking, and how to ace a job interview. You can even search job postings by location or type of position.

How to best use Ferguson’s database varies widely by which point in education and career you find yourself, but suffice it to say, there is something helpful for everyone. A student who is considering the field of nursing might take a look at the Registered Nurse job profile and start to plan the educational path he or she will have to take, as well as what to expect from the day-to-day work as a registered nurse. Perhaps a business student is far along in their education and wants to pick up some practical skills through work experience. By clicking the “Business” category under “Resources by Industry,” they are presented with a whole list of internships that are tailored to aspiring business students. Maybe a student has reached the end of their culinary program and is ready to apply their newfound skills to a job, but is worried their resume is too weak. They can browse a whole host of articles tailored to improving cover letters and resumes, including this article which details ways to better pitch oneself to a prospective employer.

Success requires planning, and having the resources to do that planning in one place is an invaluable asset. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center has what motivated students need to find the right career path and how to stay on that path they achieve their career goals.

By Library Clerk, David Winn