College Success: A Concise Practical Guide--Sixth Edition Textbook Release

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BVT Publishing, a national publisher of affordable college textbooks, has released a new edition of its flagship student success textbook, College Success: A Concise Practical Guide, sixth edition, by Strickland and Strickland.

College Success: A Concise Practical Guide, by education experts David and Carol Strickland, has helped more than 10,000 students make the transition from high school to college. Now in its sixth edition, this text has been perfected over almost a decade with excellent results. It is primarily designed for a full-semester freshman course, but can also be used effectively as part of an orientation program, or even by the individual student. With its student-friendly format and learner-centered approach, College Success captures the interest of students and keeps them engaged throughout the semester.

College Success ( is accompanied by a host of instructor ancillaries and student resources, and can be easily customized for the specific needs of any campus. The 356-page, full-color textbook is available in either soft-cover or loose-leaf format, the latter being more popular (making it easier to hand in the worksheets and assignments built into every chapter). In keeping with BVT’s mission, the loose-leaf format (including full access to the lab and online student resources) is priced under $40 to the bookstore, with the eBook being under $30.

“The entire area of mandatory freshman courses for student success is exploding,” says David Strickland, lead author. “Both two- and four-year campuses are realizing that when every freshman takes a ‘success’ course, the retention and graduation rates go up significantly.”

The underlying educational goals aim to help students:

  •     Make the all-important transition to a university culture of scholarship
  •     Adopt the role of life-long scholar as their predominant identity
  •     Take responsibility for their own learning outcomes
  •     Develop high-level skills in comprehension and analysis
  •     Learn how to create effective study materials from stated learning objectives
  •     Develop the habit of properly preparing for class
  •     Become comfortable and effective interacting in a higher-education setting
  •     Develop critical thinking skills beyond the high school level

Brief Table of Contents

1.    Adjusting to College: We’re Not in High School Anymore!
2.    Organizing: Plan Your Work and Then Work Your Plan
3.    Listening and Taking Notes: Do You Hear What I Hear?
4.    Reading: What They Never Taught You in Kindergarten!
5.    Focus on Learning: Why Am I Really in College?
6.    Learning Styles: How Do I Learn Best?
7.    Writing College Papers: I Have a Paper Due!
8.    Connecting to Resources: People, Places, and Things
9.    Balancing College Life: Walking the Tightrope
10.    Planning for the Future: What Courses Should I Take?

About the Authors

David Strickland, MA, is director of the Student Success Program and an associate professor of sociology at East Georgia State College (EGSC). In addition to writing, he has taught college courses for more than 19 years, and has been involved in student success for more than a decade. Strickland credits some of his insights into college success to the fact that he—like a large number of his students—was a first-generation college graduate.

Carol Strickland, PhD, RN, served for 23 years as a nursing educator, most recently as an associate professor of nursing and director of nursing research at the Georgia Southern University School of Nursing. Prior to that, she was an as assistant professor of nursing and an instructor of the first-year experience course at the University of Rochester.

About BVT Publishing

BVT is a California-based publisher of college textbooks. BVT's mission is to provide quality, affordable textbooks accompanied by extensive support materials, resources and lab content for both students and instructors.

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