Chapter 1 Welcome to College
Attitudes and Actions for Success

What does college offer and expect of you?

The Culture of College
Independent learning
learn with freedom and independence
remember deadlines, keep up with reading, attend class, complete projects without much guidance
Fast Pace
college courses move faster
can energize and motivate you
Challenging work
more words per page, higher level terminology, more abstract ideas
opportunity to learn and grow
More out-of-class time to manage
manage your schedule
make use of days off and days when classes end early/start late for study time
Diverse Culture
can be challenging
peers may differ in age, ethnicity, values, etc.
Higher-level thinking
more than summarizing
interpret, evaluate, generate new ideas, and apply what you already know

Connect with People
Faculty and Staff and Mentors
faculty are among the most valuable
can help you learn more and more efficiently
mentor: a wise and trusted guide
can be part of an organized program
can be found more casually
takes interest in you and your growth

Connect with Technology and Written Resources
Class and Course Information
Calendar key dates
Spot time crunches
Get sense of how much time should be set aside for studying
Student Handbook and Course Catalog

Get started right away
Use the system
Stay on task

What thinking skills can help you achieve your goals?

The Three Thinking Skills
Critical Thinking
Engaging with information through asking questions

Creative Thinking
Generating new and different ideas and approaches to problems, and often, viewing the world in ways that disregard convention

Practical Thinking
Applying what you’ve learned

How Thinking Skills Move You Toward Your Goals
Use your thinking power to work towards your goals
Think critically
Think creatively
Think practically

How can a “growth mindset” help you succeed?

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