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v 1.2 Dave Dillon Linda Bruce Hill, Alise Lamoreaux, Phyllis Nissila, Thomas
Priester Rebus Foundation Blueprint for Success in College and Career by Dave Dillon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
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noted. To view a copy of this license, visit . Dedication In memory of Carole Ann Molyneaux Dillon. Thank you
for everything Mom. Contents License ix About the Authors x Foreword xiii Preface xvi What to Expect for the Student xxiii Acknowledgements xxiv Introduction 1 UNIT 1: LAUNCH
Chapter 1: Passion 7 Chapter 2: What’s College For? 11 Chapter 3: Words of Wisdom: The Student Experience 16 Chapter 4: Choosing A College To Attend 21 Chapter 5: Words of Wisdom: Practice, Practice, Practice 32 Chapter 6: Evolution To College: Becoming A College Student 36 Chapter 7: Speaking The Language of College 45 Chapter 8: Words of Wisdom: Why So Many Questions? 50 Chapter 9: Planning A College Schedule 52 Chapter 10: Navigating The College Website 55 Chapter 11: Words of Wisdom: These Are the Best Years of Your Life 60 Chapter 12: Assessment Testing 62 Chapter 13: Words of Wisdom: With a Little Help from My Friends 66 UNIT 2: TIME, TOOLS, AND STUDY ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 14: Time Management Theory 70 Chapter 15: Words of Wisdom: Time Is on Your Side 86 Chapter 16: Time Management Reality 89 Chapter 17: World View and Self-Efficacy 96 Chapter 18: Procrastination 101 Chapter 19: Words of Wisdom: Can You Listen to Yourself? 106 Chapter 20: The Basics of Study Skills 108 UNIT 3: COLLEGE LEVEL CRITICAL THINKING AND READING
Chapter 21: Words of Wisdom: Thinking Critically and Creatively 117 Chapter 22: Comprehending College Level Reading by Using the
Reading Apprenticeship Approach 120 Chapter 23: Getting the Most Out of Your Textbooks 126 Chapter 24: Reading Textbooks 131 Chapter 25: Context Clues and Close Reading for Literature 135 UNIT 4: LISTENING AND NOTE-TAKING
Chapter 26: Preparation for Note-Taking 139 Chapter 27: Taking Notes in Class 145 UNIT 5: MEMORY PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES
Chapter 28: Memory 151 Chapter 29: Concentration and Distraction 155 UNIT 6: TEST-TAKING STRATEGIES
Chapter 30: Pre- Mid- and Post-Test-Taking Strategies 160 Chapter 31: Test-Taking Strategy Specifics 165 UNIT 7: CAREER EXPLORATION
Chapter 32: Words of Wisdom: Learn What You Don’t Want 175 Chapter 33: The Big Picture 178 Chapter 34: Career Paths 186 Chapter 35: Words of Wisdom: What Do You Enjoy Studying? 196 Chapter 36: College Majors 198 Chapter 37: Professional Skill Building 205 Chapter 38: Career Development 214 Chapter 39: Words of Wisdom: Transferable 220 Chapter 40: Networking 222 Chapter 41: Words of Wisdom: It’s Like Online Dating 231 Chapter 42: Résumés and Cover Letters 237 Chapter 43: Interviewing 247 UNIT 8: SOCIAL INTERACTION AND DIVERSITY
Chapter 44: Socializing 257 Chapter 45: Words of Wisdom: Fighting for My Future Now 265 Chapter 46: Diversity and Accessibility 268 Chapter 47: Campus and Student Life 278 UNIT 9: HEALTH
Chapter 48: Nutrition 286 Chapter 49: Exercise 290 Chapter 50: Sleep 299 Chapter 51: Substance Abuse 307 Chapter 52: Stress 319 Chapter 53: Mental Health 324 Chapter 54: Words of Wisdom: Failure Is Not an Option 334 Chapter 55: Sexual Health 337 Chapter 56: Safety 348 UNIT 10: FINANCES AND RESOURCES
Chapter 57: Words of Wisdom: Something Was Different 357 Chapter 58: Beyond Tuition: Understanding College Expenses 359 Chapter 59: Hidden Money: Scholarships 369 Chapter 60: College Resources 375 UNIT 11: CONCLUSION
Chapter 61: Conclusions 380 Appendix A Original Works 384 Appendix B Multimedia Links 385 Appendix C Commencement 392 Appendix D Study Skills Assessment 397 Appendix E Recommended Reading and Films 398 Appendix F Resources for Educators 400 Version History 401 Accessibility Assessment 402 Glossary 405 ©2018 Dave Dillon This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits. About the Authors Dave Dillon, Curator, Co-Author, and Editor of Blueprint for Success in College and
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.
This OER (Open Educational Resources) project has taken full advantage of the “5 R’s” or
permissions of OER, the ability to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute content for
educational purposes. It is with great gratitude that I introduce the authors of the OER texts whose
content was retained, reused, revised, and/or remixed in some way and contributed to this final
product. In a few instances, I have also included the rationale for their OER text. Links to each of
the original OER texts, their licenses, and peer reviews can be found in Appendix A.
Linda (Bruce) Hill, contributing author to College Success
Linda (Bruce) Hill is the director of distance learning at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland,
where she works with graduate students and faculty to help them thrive in a global learning
environment. Her career in education spans decades of technology growth and change, but
is centered on a love of teaching and learning and on the rewards of continuing education.
A lifelong learner herself, Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film at the
University of Maryland College Park, and a master’s in education and human development at About the Authors the George Washington University in a distance learning program that set standards for higher
education offerings. Outside of her full-time work at Goucher, Linda freelances as a writer and
instructional designer —pursuits that aligned her with Lumen Learning on the production of
their College Success course, built heartily with open education resources and original writing.
A favorite quote exemplifying her professional philosophy is from Arthur C. Clarke: “Before you
become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that
information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of
the other, and we need them all.”
Alise Lamoreaux, author of A Different Road To College: A Guide for Transitioning
Alise Lamoreaux has a long history of teaching non-traditional students who are preparing for
the GED and transitioning to college. She teaches a class called, “Everything You Want to
Know About College, Before You Start” along with Hybrid GED courses at Lane Community
College, in Eugene, Oregon. Alise is known for her willingness to learn and use new technologies
in the classroom, such as digital storytelling, learning management systems, and other online
resources. She is an advocate of student success. Throughout the years, she has demonstrated her
willingness to teach other professionals how they might also implement innovative technologies
in the classroom. This year, she took on the challenge of writing an open source textbook,
through a grant she received from openoregon.org, titled, A Different Road To College: A Guide for
Transitioning Non-traditional Students. This free resource is designed to engage students in seeing
themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives,
as well as helping to unlock the contextual complexities of the culture of college.
Phyllis Nissila, author of How to Learn Like a Pro!
Phyllis Nissila has taught Effective Learning and Study Skills classes in high schools and
community colleges for over twenty years. She also teaches writing and college preparatory
classes at Lane. Nissila has been a freelance and contracted writer for over thirty years, with
credits including newspaper reportage, feature articles, and human interest/inspirational magazine
articles and devotionals. She is an award-winning former humor (newspaper) columnist. She is the
author of Sentence CPR, Breathing Life Into Sentences That Might As Well Be Pushing Up Daisies!
(Prufrock Press/Cottonwood Press, grades 7-adult) and sells humor-based language arts lessons
and worksheets through TeachersPayTeachers.com.
Thomas C. Priester, editor of Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom
A hope-inspired educator dedicated to helping others interact with the future, Thomas C. Priester
holds a Doctor of Education degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, a Master
of Science degree in Student Personnel Administration from SUNY Buffalo State, and a Bachelor xi xii About the Authors of Arts degree in Secondary English Education from Fredonia (where he is also a member of
the Alumni Board of Directors). Having worked previously in the areas of academic success,
student life, student leadership development, orientation, academic advising, and residence life,
Dr. Priester currently serves as the Director of Transitional Studies/Assistant Professor at SUNY
Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY where he is also an advisor to the campus chapter
of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the chairperson of both the Academic Assessment and
the Transitional Studies Committees, and a member of both the Institutional Effectiveness and
the Academic Senate Curriculum Committees. Additionally, Dr. Priester is a faculty member in
the Higher Education Student Affairs Administration graduate program at SUNY Buffalo State
in Buffalo, NY, has taught conversational English at Fatec Americana in Americana, São Paulo,
Brazil, and Academic Success at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, NY. Dr. Priester has
served as a contributing chapter author for the books: Assessing Student Learning in the Community
and Two-Year College (Stylus, 2013) and Examining the Impact of Community Colleges on the
Global Workforce (IGI Global, 2015) and has most recently published the open access textbook:
Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom (Open SUNY Textbooks, 2015). Foreword The book you are reading is an open educational resource (OER). With the Creative Commons
by attribution license, the textbook is free to read online, can be downloaded for reading offline,
printed without violating copyright, or students can purchase a print version for only the cost of
printing. Students have access to OER from the first day of classes and can download or print a
copy to keep forever with no expiration date or restricted access. Other college success instructors
can make use of the open license on this book to customize, modify, adapt, or remix it. They can
then use and redistribute it in their own classes, so that their students can also use no-cost or lowcost materials.
I travel all over Oregon giving workshops about textbook affordability and I meet a lot of
people who teach college success classes. They are often guidance counselors, like Dave, but
they also sometimes teach in another discipline or within a First-Year Experience program. Their
courses might focus on study skills, “college knowledge,” or the science of learning. Their students
might have graduated from high school or they might be returning to college after a gap of many
College success courses are taught in many different ways, but one commonality that I hear
again and again is that students do NOT need an expensive textbook getting in the way of their
success in this class, of all classes.
That’s why it’s so important that Dave has published this book with an open license. Not only
that, but he made use of other openly licensed books in order to pull together the best of the best.
He has collected his own work here along with student voices, two Open Oregon Educational
Resources grantees from Lane Community College, and other materials from the open education
community, which is possible to do when the work is openly licensed. He has done this with great
care and consideration, consulting with colleagues and drawing on his depth of experience. I hope
it really will be a blueprint for your success in college.
— Amy Hofer
Coordinator, Oregon Statewide Open Education Library Services
To think creatively about the future is to risk ridicule. To create the future by acting decisively xiv Foreword is to guarantee opposition. The author of this book, Dave Dillon, and your instructor who has
assigned this book, have encountered both ridicule and opposition, in order for you to freely access
The book that you are reading is not only about college and career success. Rather, this book
demonstrates that the author and your instructor care enough about academic freedom and your
success that they have taken decisive action to break away from conventional and traditional ways
of packaging and providing textbooks to students. In other words, this book was not produced
by a traditional publisher that would have created a product that costs more than you care to
think about. Nor was it produced by a traditional publisher far away from your classroom, your
concerns, and your way of learning. Instead, this book was created by Dave Dillon, writing and
editing and collecting his own words and those of other dedicated teachers. It is presented to you
as an Open Educational Resource—a creative work that is licensed so that it can be used, shared,
and re-mixed freely and legally.
All of this means that you can focus on learning, not on student debt; you are learning with
materials carefully selected by teachers who care about your success; and you can keep the book,
share it, and even re-mix it (with proper attribution). Perhaps, after all, this book is about making
good choices in one’s college and career experiences.
Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning
Co-Coordinator, Technical Assistance, CCC Zero Textbook Cost Degree program
Treasurer and Past President of the Board, Open Education Consortium
College of the Canyons
To repeat a quote from this Open Educational Resource textbook, the pursuit of higher
education is a “journey not a destination”—a daunting endeavor for any new student. The good
news, the author, Dave Dillon, has captured some of the essential ideas, concepts and foundations
for students who have chosen to start their path towards higher learning.
It has been my pleasure to have Dave as a colleague. Our combined years of teaching various
personal growth and development courses spans approximately 50 years. Generally, these types
of courses are not deemed “required” at many colleges and universities. However, our experience
informs us that these courses are often filled to capacity because the student pursuing their new
educational journey knows that it takes more than “wishing and hoping” to be successful. It takes
Dave asks you, the student, to consider your passions. Inside you will find quotes, objectives,
goals and also a relevant story or two from Dave’s personal life. He shares some of his life as an
open invitation for you to not be afraid to question, to make mistakes, to trust, to learn, and
ultimately continue your journey towards becoming a better student.
He challenges students to meet, know, and expect obstacles. The journey is not a straight path.
But one must persist and “Press On.”
Enjoy your journey. Foreword T. Ford
Grossmont College xv Preface Why I Wrote This Book [A
A Different Road to College: A Guide for Transitioning
Students] – Alise Lamoreaux
Most textbooks available on the topic of college transition/success today focus on the traditional
18-year old student, and the needs of someone living away from home for the first time. The desire
to create this textbook comes from years of experience helping GED and other non-traditional
students transition to community college and beyond. For over a decade, I have taught a class
designed to specifically help non-traditional students build the contextual knowledge of college
systems to help them be able to advocate for themselves and navigate the world of college. I have
witnessed the struggle and confusion on the part of students trying to understand the contextual
aspects of college and develop the confidence needed to take the transitional step. The content of
this textbook will not focus on the needs young adults living away from home for the first time.
There will be no shopping list for dorm supplies.
The goal of the book is to help students understand how to select the right college for them and
then become acquainted with the inner workings and language of college. The content will be
infused with stories about students who have successfully made the transition to college and their
Today’s classrooms are increasingly becoming more diverse by age, ethnicity, and life
experience. While their preparation and pathway to college may have been non-traditional, they
are all “students” once they have enrolled in college.
Preface to Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom – Thomas C. Priester
“Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.” This quote by Dr. Marva Collins sets the stage for
the journey you are about to take. Your success, however you choose to define it, is waiting for
you, and Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom (FAS: WoW) is your guide to your
success. Some may believe that success looks like a straight and narrow line that connects the dots
between where you are and where you are going, but the truth is that success looks more like a
hot mess of twists and turns, curves and bumps, and hurdles and alternate pathways.
Putting this textbook together was challenging because there is so much to tell you as you Preface embark on your college journey. I have worked with college students on academic success at a
number of college campuses, and have hunted for the most effective and most affordable college
student academic success textbook but could never find everything I wanted to teach in one book.
So, I figured the answer was to write my own textbook!
Like any good research project, the outcome was not exactly what I expected. In addition to
a host of true-to-life stories written by real people who have successfully navigated the journey
through college, the first draft of the textbook included everything (and m...
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