On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life

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Written in a positive, motivational style, On Course empowers students with tools they need to take charge of their success in college and life. Downing's distinctive guided journal entries help students develop essential life skills by encouraging exploration of personal responsibility, self-motivation, interdependence, and self-esteem. Extensive coverage of study skills—including reading, note taking, memorizing, and test taking—provided in the Wise Choices in College sections help students excel in all of their college courses.

  • Coverage of stress management helps students understand the nature of stress, its consequences, and strategies for overcoming it.
  • A section on distance learning addresses the special needs of students learning in an online environment.

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Skip Downing is Professor of English and Coordinator of the College Success Learning Communities at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both psychology and English. The American Community College Trustees organization has recognized Dr. Downing as its Northeast Region teacher of the year. He is a recipient of the NISOD Community College Leadership Award for teaching excellence, and he was named in USA Today as one of the fifty best community college teachers in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Downing designed the curriculum for the BCCC College Success Program. This program, utilizing learning communities, teaches students how to apply recognized strategies of success to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program has resulted in greater student success and retention.

An international faculty development consultant, Dr. Downing is the founder and executive director of The Wisdom Institute which offers, among other courses and workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators focusing on proven strategies for empowering students to achieve greater success in college and in life Dr. Downing's teaching, writing, and consulting are all guided by his belief that the greatest mission of any educational institution is empowering its students to live rich, personally fulfilling lives.

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