Blueprint for Success in College and Career

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Dave Dillon, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Pub Date: 2018

ISBN 13: 978-1-9890140-4-2

Publisher: Rebus Community

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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Launch

  • Chapter 1: Passion
  • Chapter 2: What's College For?
  • Chapter 3: Words of Wisdom: The Student Experience
  • Chapter 4: Choosing A College To Attend
  • Chapter 5: Words of Wisdom: Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Chatper 6: Evolution To College: Becoming A College Student
  • Chapter 7: Speaking The Language of College
  • Chapter 8: Words of Wisdom: Why So Many Questions?
  • Chapter 9: Planning A College Schedule
  • Chapter 10: Navigating The College Website
  • Chapter 11: Words of Wisdom: These Are the Best Years of Your Life
  • Chapter 12: Assessment Testing
  • Chapter 13: Words of Wisdom: With a Little Help from My Friends

Unit 2: Time, Tools, and Study Environment

  • Chapter 14: Time Management Theory
  • Chapter 15: Words of Wisdom: Time Is on Your Side
  • Chapter 16: Time Management Reality
  • Chapter 17: World View and Self-Efficacy
  • Chapter 18: Procrastination
  • Chapter 19: Words of Wisdom: Can You Listen to Yourself?
  • Chapter 20: The Basics of Study Skills

Unit 3: College Level Critical Thinking and Reading

  • Chapter 21: Words of Wisdom: Thinking Critically and Creatively
  • Chapter 22: Comprehending College Level Reading by Using the Reading Apprenticeship Approach
  • Chapter 23: Getting the Most Out of Your Textbooks
  • Chapter 24: Reading Textbooks
  • Chapter 25: Context Clues and Close Reading for Literature

Unit 4: Listening and Note-Taking

  • Chapter 26: Preparation for Note-Taking
  • Chapter 27: Taking Notes in Class

Unit 5: Memory Principles and Techniques

  • Chapter 28: Memory
  • Chapter 29: Concentration and Distraction

Unit 6: Test-Taking Strategies

  • Chapter 30: Pre- Mid- and Post-Test-Taking Strategies
  • Chapter 31: Test-Taking Strategy Specifics

Unit 7: Career Exploration

  • Chapter 32: Words of Wisdom: Learn What You Don't Want
  • Chapter 33: The Big Picture
  • Chapter 34: Career Paths
  • Chapter 35: Words of Wisdom: What Do You Enjoy Studying?
  • Chapter 36: College Majors
  • Chapter 37: Professional Skill Building
  • Chapter 38: Career Development
  • Chapter 39: Words of Wisdom: Transferable
  • Chapter 40: Networking
  • Chapter 41: Words of Wisdom: It's Like Online Dating
  • Chapter 42: Résumés and Cover Letters
  • Chapter 43: Interviewing

Unit 8: Social Interaction and Diversity

  • Chapter 44: Socializing
  • Chapter 45: Words of Wisdom: Fighting for My Future Now
  • Chapter 46: Diversity and Accessibility
  • Chapter 47: Campus and Student Life

Unit 9: Health

  • Chapter 48: Nutrition
  • Chapter 49: Exercise
  • Chapter 50: Sleep
  • Chapter 51: Substance Abuse
  • Chapter 52: Stress
  • Chapter 53: Mental Health
  • Chapter 54: Words of Wisdom: Failure Is Not an Option
  • Chapter 55: Sexual Health
  • Chapter 56: Safety

Unit 10: Finances and Resources

  • Chapter 57: Words of Wisdom: Something Was Different
  • Chapter 58: Beyond Tuition: Understanding College Expenses
  • Chapter 59: Hidden Money: Scholarships
  • Chapter 60: College Resources

Unit 11: Conclusion

  • Chapter 61: Conclusion

About the Book

Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a remix of four previously existing OER (Open Educational Resources): A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning To College For Non-traditional Students by Alise Lamoreaux, How to Learn Like a Pro! by Phyllis Nissila, Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom, edited by Thomas Priester, College Success, provided by Lumen Learning, and one previously copyrighted textbook with content that is now openly licensed: Blueprint for Success in College: Indispensable Study Skills and Time Management Strategies by Dave Dillon. A free OER, (Open Educational Resource), Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a students’ guide for classroom and career success. This text, designed to show how to be successful in college and in career preparation focuses on study skills, time management, career exploration, health, and financial literacy.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Dave Dillon earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of San Diego. His first career and passion was coaching basketball which he did for seven years at the University of California at San Diego. Following a year of substitute teaching (K-12), four years working in the entertainment department for the San Diego Padres major league baseball organization, and a year as a product analyst in the video game industry, Dave continued to pursue his passion of counseling and teaching at the community college level.

As a tenured professor and counseling faculty at Grossmont College, Dave enjoys connecting with students. He does his best to keep up with the next generation and their use of technology in and out of the classroom. His passion has not ceased from his UCSC commencement speech to presenting at local and national conferences. Dave resides in Carlsbad, California, with his wife, two daughters, and yellow labrador, Lucy.