Chapter 1: Preparing for Success in College

Chapter 1: Preparing for Success in College




• The reasons you're in college.

• The advantages of a college education.

• The benefits of getting involved in your college community.

• Your school's resources and services.

• Transportation possibilities and backup plans.

• Ways to finance your education.

• Strategies for balancing school, work, family, and friends.

• Benefits and risks of online social networking.

  1. List you’re three most important reasons for attending college
  1. What are the advantages of a college education?
  1. Discuss the advantages of having an associate degree?
  1. List the five workforce competencies
  1. List the three-part foundation for workforce skills and personal qualities.
  1. How do you get more socially involved in college?
  1. How do you get more academically involved in college?
  1. What extracurricular activities would you like to get involved with in college?
  1. What can you do to be more thrifty with your money while attending college?
  1. How can you use the Internet to help you be more in your courses?



• What critical thinking is and why it's so important for school and work.

• The process and tools of critical thinking.

• Basic guidelines for becoming a critical thinker.

• How to become a critical reader.

• How to think critically about the media.

  1. What is critical thinking?
  1. What qualities do critical thinkers possess?
  1. Discuss the tools for critical thinking
  1. List three basic guidelines for critical thinking
  1. List the common thought patterns.
  1. In common thoughts, what are some things to look for?
  1. In common thoughts, what are some questions to ask?
  1. List at least three critical thinking questions to probe your reading?

9.What is the most important tool for critical reading?

10.List some recommended tips for thinking critically about the media.

Chapter 3- Presenting Your Best Work


• The basics of effective writing strategies.

• How to write a well organized research paper.

• Tips for producing quality memos, letters, and reports for work.

• Strategies for overcoming the fear of public speaking.

• Tips for making interesting, well organized oral presentations.

  1. List the five basic steps of good writing
  1. Is brainstorming more effective on an individual basis or with a group? Explain.
  1. List the components of organizing a paper.
  1. What two suggestions does the text give on taking a break while testing.
  1. List five tips for revising.
  1. Discuss the benefits of keeping a journal.
  1. List five tips to give to a new employee about writing for business.
  1. List six tips for preparing a presentation.
  1. List three features of a terrific speech.
  1. List six tips for making a making presentations.

Chapter 4 – Leadership, Ethics, and Responsibility


• Leadership.

• Different views of leadership.

• Leadership styles.

• Tips on developing leadership skills.

• Terms related to the discussion of ethics.

• Five generally accepted ethical principles.

• Ethical choices and challenges related to being on one's own for the first time.

• The Student Bill of Rights and student responsibilities.

  1. What makes a good leader?
  1. Why do certain individuals become leaders?
  1. What are the characteristics that make a leader?
  1. What role does power play in leadership?
  1. Why are qualities like integrity and courage important to the individual and to society?
  1. What moral beliefs and attitudes make up your value system?
  1. Who had the most influence on you in terms of shaping your ethics and value system?
  1. What ethical or moral challenges have you encountered on campus?
  1. What would you do if you knew a friend of yours was cheating?
  1. Why is attending class important?

Chapter 5 – Sharing Your World


• The advantage of our diverse world.

• Ways to overcome stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

• Tips for understanding and relating to students with diverse backgrounds.

• The significance of body language.

• Effective listening skills.

• How to communicate assertively.

• Strategies for dealing with sexual harassment.

• How to protect yourself from crime.

• Tips to protect yourself from rape and date rape.

  1. What is meant by "culturally diverse"?
  1. List the differences between stereotyping and discrimination.
  1. List the differences between prejudice and discrimination.
  1. List the differences between reflective listening and assertive communication.
  1. List the qualities of assertive, nonassertive, and aggressive styles of communication.
  1. What is sexual harassment?
  1. What procedures should you follow if you or someone close to you was a victim of rape?
  1. How can active listening build better relationships?
  1. How does critical thinking help you to be more assertive?
  1. How can you use assertive communication to deal with sexual harassment?

Chapter 6 – Making Healthy Choices


• Strategies for managing stress.

• Tips for healthy eating.

• Eating disorders and how to avoid them.

• Tips for developing an exercise plan.

• The options and risks of sex.

• Substance abuse and how to avoid it.

  1. Discuss the five stress coping strategies.
  1. Discuss three different ways that being assertive can help you prevent stress.
  1. Explain the benefits of a diet high in complex carbohydrates.
  1. Why don't crash diets work?
  1. In your opinion, what are the five best strategies for weight management?
  1. List four factors that contribute to eating disorders.
  1. How can you avoid sex when you don't want it?
  1. What are the five best ways to prevent STDs?
  1. What is responsible drinking?
  1. List ten ways you can put more laughter and humor in your life.

Chapter 7– Planning Your Career


• Your values, interests, occupational personality type, and skills, and how they relate to your

• Career choices.

• Career options based on your self-assessments.

• Job search strategies.

• How to market yourself for a job through resumes, portfolios, cover letters, and job applications.

• Online strategies for networking and job applications.

• How to make the most of the job interview.

  1. List the how values relate to interests. How are they different?
  1. What is your three-digit Holland's occupational code? Use the Dictionary of Holland's Occupational Codes (by John Holland and Gary Gottfredson) to identify five occupations that match your occupational code and that you would consider employment in.
  1. Explain what an informational interview is and its purpose.
  1. Describe a social media site and how it can be used for the job search. For an employer job candidate search?
  1. Explain what a resume is and its purpose.
  1. Thoroughly explain the differences and similarities between your "Qualifications" and your "Work Experience" categories on your resume.
  1. How do you communicate confidence in a job interview?
  1. How would you dress for a job interview in your field? (Discuss clothes and accessories.)
  1. What do you believe are the five most important things that you can do to prepare for your job interview?
  1. What type of individuals would you select for professional references?