Connections is an innovative program, built from the ground up with a growth-mindset approach to college and career success. Written by counseling psychologists, Connections shows students from day one how to be learners, whose mindset, drive, and strengths will help them meet any challenge on their way to college, personal, and career success. The expertly designed program is firmly rooted in the most current research in positive psychology, using self-reflection as a tool for goal-setting; goal-setting as a tool for imagining one's potential; and imagining one's potential as the motivation for realizing it. Connections puts students at the center of their own personalized learning path, facilitates their purposeful choice of an academic and career plan, and develops all the skills they need--cognitive and non-cognitive, academic and life--to foster their self-growth and success.This is an ideal text for first-year experience courses, freshman seminar courses and modules on Personal Development and Employability.Connections is available with LaunchPad. LaunchPad combines an interactive ebook with high-quality multimedia content and ready-made assessment options, including ACES (the Academic and Career Excellence System) student self-assessment. See 'Instructor Resources' and 'Student Resources' for further information.
Chapter 1: Building a Foundation for Success.- Chapter 2: Thinking Critically and Setting Goals.- Chapter 3: Motivation, Decision Making, and Personal Responsibility.- Chapter 4: Learning Preferences.- Chapter 5: Organization and Time Management.- Chapter 6: Reading for College Success.- Chapter 7: Taking Effective Notes.- Chapter 8: Memory and Studying.- Chapter 9: Performing Well On Exams.- Chapter 10: Information Literacy and Communication.- Chapter 11: Connecting With Others.- Chapter 12: Personal and Financial Health.- Chapter 13: Academic and Career Planning.- Chapter 14: Celebrating Your Success and Connecting To Your Future.
Dr. Paul Gore - Paul's efforts to promote college and career readiness, high school and college student persistence and academic success are informed by over 20 years of research, program development, implementation, evaluation, and teaching. Paul currently serves as the Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education at Xavier University in Ohio. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University - Chicago with an emphasis in student career development, academic success, and transition. Dr. Wade C. Leuwerke - Wade is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education, and Department Chair at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Wade has authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters, as well as national and international conference presentations. He focuses on academic and career success for students and adults. His research interests include the role of non-cognitive abilities in college and high school student success, factors that predict college major retention, the role of technology in the career development processes, and the roles and responsibilities of school counselors. Dr Aj.J. Metz - A.J. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. She earned a M.Ed. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Urban Education (specialization in Counseling Psychology) in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research examining factors related to academic and career success in underrepresented and underserved student populations has led to numerous journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, workshops, and faculty in-service trainings