Excelling in College

Strategies for Success and Reducing Stress (Second Edition)
Jeffrey A. Kottler
©2020, 362 pages

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    Dealing with stress is the single most frequently mentioned challenge for college (and life) success. Excelling in College: Strategies for Success and Reducing Stress equips students with the ideas and skills needed to excel in higher education and beyond. This unique resource not only helps students to master key academic strategies, but also offers practical approaches for managing stress to support optimal performance and increased enjoyment of the collegiate experience.

    Students learn how to make the most of learning experiences, capitalize on available resources, set priorities and goals, and make healthy lifestyle choices. Dedicated chapters share approaches for managing anxiety, writing and speaking effectively, and identifying difficulties before they become major obstacles. The text nurtures the development of students' goals, dreams, and strategic career plans. Reflective exercises, experiential activities, and stress reduction methods personalize and deepen the learning experience. Throughout, stories from students highlight the unique joys and challenges of campus life.

    This new and completely updated edition includes expanded information on the symptoms and causes of stress, as well as proven pathways for dealing with these issues. Updated content throughout reflects the growing diversity of academic institutions and advances in technology, as well as contemporary social and political developments.

    Excelling in College is an exemplary text for first-year orientation and success courses and programs.

    For a look at the specific features and benefits of Excelling in College, visit cognella.com/excelling-in-college-features-and-benefits.

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    "Vince Lombardi said 'Perfection is not obtainable, but if we chase perfection, we can obtain excellence.' Excelling in College provides crucial information to help college students lay a foundation for student success."
    Agatha O’Brien-Gayes, Director of Academic Advising/First-Year Experience, Coastal Carolina University

    "Excelling in College offers first-year college students valuable information and advice for both academic and personal success."
    Amy Colon, Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Health Sciences, SUNY Sullivan

    "Excellent job of presenting a realistic view of college, including the challenges students will face. Also excellent job of presenting strategies for success in college. All written in highly readable, relatable, and trustworthy fashion. I wish I had had this information available."
    Beth Venzke, Professor of Psychology, Concordia University Chicago

    "Dr. Kottler and I share an academic history of being academically challenged in high school; however, both of us went on to become college professors with a passion to help other students. Dr. Kottler’s qualifications are not dependent upon his degrees and experience, but that he too was a student at-risk and in need of a helping hand. This textbook will help students who read its pages with an open and reflective mind."
    David Martz, Adjunct Professor, North Central Texas College

    "The graphic organizers in each chapter are very helpful for students to apply the content in meaningful ways."
    Heather Garrison, Associate Professor of Special Education and Rehabilitation, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

    "For the new college student, this helpful book can help you navigate your new world."
    Heather Hollandsworth, Radford University

    "A first step to student success is through empowerment. This text stands to empower students by addressing essential and relevant topics in a conversational manner. This text is an excellent resource to acquaint students with postsecondary environments, cultivate self-awareness, and promote agency."
    Laurie Sharp, Dean of University College, Tarleton State University

    "This text addresses many of the issues college students face head-on. Information is presented clearly, and it does not avoid the 'tough issues' like diversity and health."
    Maria Gaylon, Jefferson Community and Technical College

    "The Kottler text is the perfect resource for an instructor teaching a first year seminar. It provides everything students and instructors need in an easy to read textbook."
    Michael Cross, Professor of Chemistry, Northern Essex Community College

    "A thorough book, full of reflections exercises which are crucial to the success of new college students."
    Virginia Granda-Becker, Academic Affairs Coordinator, The University of Texas at El Paso