Composing a College Career

Jeffrey Klausman

Composing a College Career speaks to first-year students as they are: intelligent, capable humans with the knowledge and skills to make the most of their higher education. Rather than telling students they must follow the “correct” way to learn or study, this text walks them through different concepts and approaches using the lens of relatable experiences, letting each student decide which strategies work best for them. Designed to support the First-Year Experience course, the concise chapter format of Composing a College Career is structured to leverage the way students read, gather, and apply information. Interactive content, informal (yet frequent) assessments, and active learning strategies encourage students to dive deeper into topics and, ultimately, ask themselves what an “effective” education will look like for them.

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Table of Contents for Composing a College Career

  • About this Course
  • Part I: Composing College Careers
  • Part II: Composing a College Mindset
  • Part III: Composing College Strategies
  • Part IV: Composing Career Strategies
  • Instructor Manual

Key features

  • Encourages a mindset for success and well-being through self-directed research and informal reflective writing, mimicking students’ real-world practices with college-level applications
  • Each chapter opens with a “Strength to Strength” section, leveraging prior knowledge and encouraging transfer-based thinking in students
  • Ability to personalize content with school-specific resources and activities, offering the right balance of support & flexibility to meet diverse campus and student needs