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Book description

Shows how to make the most of the community college experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. GET AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  5. About the Author
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contents
  8. INTRODUCTION
    1. Why Choose a Community College?
    2. Why Is This Book for You?
  9. CHAPTER 1: EMBRACING THE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE
    1. The Popularity of Two-Year Schools
    2. The Typical Community College Student
    3. A Community College Success Story
    4. The Big Community College Secret
    5. Who This Book Is For
      1. Second-Time Student
    6. Making the Most of the Community College Experience
    7. The Bottom Line
  10. CHAPTER 2: GETTING STARTED AS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT
    1. Applying for Admission
      1. When to Apply
      2. Applying for Special Programs
    2. Taking Placement Tests
      1. Types of Placement Tests
    3. The Placement Test Scene
    4. Choosing an Academic Program
    5. Exploring Program Options
      1. Where to Get Program Info
        1. Catalog
        2. Class Schedule
        3. Student Handbook
    6. Registering for Classes
      1. Waiting to Register
      2. Registration Tips
    7. Getting Off to a Good Start in Your Courses
    8. The Bottom Line
  11. CHAPTER 3: PLAYING THE COMMUTING GAME
    1. The Cost of Commuting: Questions to Ask
    2. Playing It Smart with Transportation
    3. Taking the Stress Out of Parking
      1. Park Farther Away
      2. Follow Parking Regulations
    4. Cutting Down on Commuting Time
    5. Getting to Know Campus Security
    6. Planning for Contingencies
    7. The Bottom Line
  12. CHAPTER 4: STRENGTHENING ACADEMIC SURVIVAL SKILLS
    1. Coming to Grips with the Two-for-One Deal
    2. Taking Time Out for a Reality Check
      1. Limit the Number of Courses You Take
      2. Adjust Your Work Schedule
    3. Read, Read, Read
    4. Honing Writing Skills
    5. Making It with Math
    6. Focusing on Listening Skills
    7. Studying Effectively
    8. Thinking Like a Professor
      1. Five Don’ts in Dealing with Professors
    9. Doing the Work
    10. Staying the Course
    11. Getting Help
    12. Calculating Your GPA
    13. Student Success Courses
    14. Learning Communities
    15. The Bottom Line
  13. CHAPTER 5: RELATING TO FACULTY AND STAFF
    1. Understanding the Role of the Faculty
      1. Types of Professors
      2. Credentials
    2. Understanding the Role of Adjunct Faculty
    3. Understanding the Roles of Administrators and Support Staff
      1. President
      2. Vice President
      3. Dean/Division Chair
      4. Counselors and Advisors
      5. Support Staff
      6. Foundation Staff
    4. Getting Along with Faculty and Staff
    5. Following Policies
    6. The Bottom Line
  14. CHAPTER 6: MANAGING YOUR TIME
    1. Taking the First Step Toward Better Time Management
      1. Five Simple Time Management Tips
    2. Creating a Time Management Diary
    3. Learning to Say No
    4. Planning Ahead
      1. Two Rules for Organizing Your Work
    5. Time Management Dos and Don’ts
    6. The Bottom Line
  15. CHAPTER 7: TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CAMPUS RESOURCES
    1. Academic Advising
    2. Counseling
      1. Counseling Appointments
      2. Costs of Counseling
    3. Career Advice
    4. Tip: Testing Is Worth Your Time
      1. Tutoring
      2. Mentoring
    5. Writing Centers
    6. Math Centers
    7. Special Programs and Services
    8. Libraries
    9. Computer Access
    10. Where to Go for Assistance
    11. The Bottom Line
  16. CHAPTER 8: GETTING INVOLVED IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES
    1. Getting Involved
      1. The Club Scene
      2. Reasons to Join Clubs
    2. Sports Programs
    3. Service Programs
    4. Honors Programs
    5. Student Ambassadors
    6. One Student’s Story
    7. Study Abroad
    8. Something for Everyone
    9. The Bottom Line
  17. CHAPTER 9: COPING WITH COLLEGE STRESS
    1. The Good and Bad of Stress
      1. Recognizing Stress
    2. Reducing Your Own Stress
      1. Stress Buster 1: Take a Break
      2. Stress Buster 2: Get Some Exercise
      3. Stress Buster 3: Get Mental
      4. Stress Buster 4: Spend Time with Others
      5. Stress Buster 5: Do Nothing
      6. More Stress Busters
    3. Using Campus Resources to Reduce Stress
    4. Fighting End-of-Term Stress
    5. Getting Help
    6. Questions to Ask About Stress
    7. The Bottom Line
  18. CHAPTER 10: PREPARING TO TRANSFER
    1. Considering the Transfer Route
    2. Laying the Groundwork
    3. Taking the First Steps
    4. A Transfer Success Story and Advice from a Student
      1. Tips for Transferring
      2. Transfer True and False
      3. Answers to True-False Questions
    5. Ten Questions to Ask
    6. A Transfer Checklist
    7. Transfer Deadlines
    8. The University View
      1. September Through December
      2. January Through May
      3. June Through August
    9. The Bottom Line
  19. CHAPTER 11: PAYING FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    1. The Payment Process
      1. Tuition Fees
      2. Typical Fees
    2. Identifying Sources of Aid
      1. Federal Student Assistance
      2. Pell Grants
      3. Federal Work-Study Programs
      4. Student Loans
      5. FAFSA Is Your Friend
    3. Scholarships
      1. Types of Scholarships
      2. Award Amounts
      3. Advantages and Disadvantages
      4. Steps to Scholarship Success
    4. Other Funding Sources
    5. Dollars and Sense: Cutting Costs
    6. The Bottom Line
  20. CHAPTER 12: EARNING CREDITS CREATIVELY
    1. The Nontraditional Classroom
    2. Online Courses
      1. Succeeding in Online Courses
      2. Online Dos and Don’ts
    3. Dual-Enrollment Programs
      1. Eligibility Requirements
      2. Costs of Dual-Enrollment Programs
    4. Credit by Testing
    5. Apprenticeships
    6. Internships
    7. The Military Connection
    8. Student Ambassadors
    9. Credit for Fun
    10. Other Options for Earning Credit
    11. The Bottom Line
  21. CHAPTER 13: STAYING CONNECTED
    1. Get References
    2. Take More Courses
    3. Become an Active Alum
      1. Advantages of Membership
      2. How to Become a Member
    4. Give Back
      1. Program Advisory Committees
      2. Donors
    5. Work for a Community College
    6. The Bottom Line
  22. APPENDIX A: ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
  23. APPENDIX B: STATE HIGHER EDUCATION AGENCIES
  24. INDEX