College and real life aren't the distinct worlds they're often made out to be. With the proper skills, knowledge, and attitudes you can tackle college work and cope effectively with issues you'll encounter for the rest of your adult life, such as:

  • Learning in the most effective and efficient way
  • Figuring out the social scene
  • Defining your goals and accomplishing them
  • Creatively adapting to the changing world

Your Complete Guide to College Success is an up-to-date, evidence-based book that provides a roadmap for how to be successful in college — and afterwards. It covers a comprehensive set of academic and personal topics, and distills research results and advice into a student-friendly, readable package.

In this book, you'll get insider advice on how to get free tutoring on any topic, how to look for help with your courses before it's too late — and what to do if it is. You'll also get concrete recommendations for everything from selecting a major and an appropriate career to dealing with roommate problems and how to cope when personal matters go wrong.

This book incorporates interviews with students and key staff members at numerous colleges and universities, as well as the author's 25 years experience as an academic leader. It will show you the best, most practical ways to achieve college success while also giving you more time for fun.

Table of Contents


I. Orientation

  1. From Green to Grad
  2. The Mental Maps to Success: Space and Time

II. Acing Academics

  1. How to Study Effectively
  2. Strategic Reading
  3. Going to Class With Class
  4. Testing, Testing: Will This Be on the Test?

III. Mapping Yourself

  1. Self-Knowledge, Attitudes, and Excellence
  2. Your Interests, Your Major, Your Career

IV. Mastering the University's Resources

  1. How to Choose Courses and Get Free Tutoring
  2. Who's Who — and Who Helps You Be Successful

V. Conquering Challenging Courses

  1. Solving the Mathematics Course
  2. Comprehending the Writing Assignment

VI. Your Campus/Commuting Life

  1. Your Campus Life: The Dorm and the Drive
  2. More Campus Life: Steps to Social, Financial, and Physical Success

VII. Commencement



About the Author

Author Bio

Donald J. Foss, PhD, was the first in his family to go to college. He attended Hamline University and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he received both a bachelor's degree and a doctorate. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he joined The University of Texas at Austin, rising to be a professor of psychology and the chair of the psychology department.

Dr. Foss has also been on the psychology faculty at Florida State University, where he was dean of its College of Arts and Sciences. Presently, he is a professor of psychology at the University of Houston, where he also has served as senior vice president for academic affairs and as provost.

Dr. Foss enjoys teaching and interacting with students. He received an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas at Austin and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in cognitive psychology, specializing in how people comprehend both spoken and written language. He has published numerous professional articles and book chapters and has cowritten or coedited seven books.

More recently, he turned his attention to the factors that determine success in college. The evidence-based book in front of you is one result of that interest. It provides college students with the best current information and insights on how to succeed in college (and after).

Reviews & Awards
A practical, no-nonsense resource that backs up its advice with a wealth of references, Your Complete Guide to College Success is enthusiastically recommended especially as a gift to aspiring high school graduates!
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