College and Career Success, 8th Edition Concise

The Concise Edition is for shorter 1-2 unit courses or developmental students who need more time for reading.




Now Available Spring 2018

Brief Summary of What's New
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Information for Bookstore Orders
College and Career Success Online
Resources: Instructor Manual, Test Bank, Ppt
Chapter Titles and Brief Content


Brief Summary of What's New

Chapter 1, Understanding Motivation, contains new material on mindset and grit to help students improve success and retention. Chapter 2 is now titled "Choosing a Major" and has more streamlined information on personality and added information on multiple intelligences, interests, values, and updated career trends. Additional material on math success has been added. Life stages has been removed from Chapter 8 to leave room for updated material without increasing the cost of the textbook.

Order Instructor Copies

To order instructor copies for spring 2018, please ask your department chair to order copies from Deb Roth of Kendall Hunt Publishing at Please provide this information:

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Reserve a Complimentary Review Copy

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Purchase a Resource Copy

If you are using this text as a resource in your class or at your college, and not considering adoption, you can purchase a copy at: 

Information for Bookstore Orders    

College and Career Success, Concise 8th Edition
Kendall Hunt Publishing
ISBN 978-1-5249-4534-3
Author: Marsha Fralick

College and Career Success Concise Online

An interactive online edition is available, College and Career Success Concise Online. Contact me at for an online demo.

Resources: Instructor Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint Presentations, Journal Entries, Student Learning Outcomes

College and Career Success includes many resources to make teaching easier.

The Instructor Manual contains over 500 pages of interactive exercises, classroom handouts, and techniques for engaging students in learning. Here is a sample of the Instructor Manual for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation.

The Test Bank includes a bank of questions for each chapter as well as section, mid-term and final exams. The Test Bank is located in the Instructor Manual.

The PowerPoint Library contains a slide for every topic in the textbook. Select the slides that match your student learning outcomes. Here is a sample PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation.

Note that a user name and password are required to access the full Instructor Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoint Library. Login information is provided for faculty who have ordered textbooks for their students. If you have ordered texts, contact me at for the login information.

Journal Entries for Students

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for Syllabus (Brief)


  • incorporates the latest research on motivation, positive psychology, mindset, and grit to improve the persistence rate of college students.
  • helps students choose a major by assessing their personality types, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, interests, and values.
  • includes an online portfolio with career assessment results and links to the O*Net database of careers for career research.
  • translates the latest research in psychology, education, and neuroscience into practical learning strategies for students.
  • emphasizes the need for math success and provides practical strategies for studying math.
  • helps students think positively about the future, clarify what happiness means to them, and work toward attaining happiness in life.
  • has an interactive online edition, College and Career Success Online, Concise Edition
  • engages students in learning through interactive activities.
  • reinforces material through frequent quizzes and answer keys.
  • helps students apply the information to their personal lives through journal entries.
  • contains faculty resources on this website including interactive classroom exercises, handouts, video suggestions, PowerPoint, test bank, Word documents for journal entries, Internet links to supplemental content, and much more.

Chapter Titles and Brief Content

The Concise Edition focuses on college and career success with only 8 chapters as compared to the 14 chapters in the full edition.

Chapter 1.  Understanding Motivation
Topics include the value of a college education, how to choose a major, how to be motivated, using a growth mindset, grit, persistence, and developing habits that lead to success. 

Chapter 2.  Choosing Your Major
Topics include making a career decision, choosing a major that matches your gifts and talents, understanding personality types (extraversion, introversion, sensing, intuition, thinking, feeling, judging, perceiving), personality and career choice, personality and preferred work environment, exploring your personal strengths, building on your strengths, using emotional intelligence in your personal life and career, exploring your interests (realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, conventional), using values to make important life decisions, developments affecting future careers, and career trends for 2020. Personality and multiple intelligences assessments are included. Note that the Do What You Are and the MI Advantage assessments have been revised and updated and are now titled the AchieveWORKS Personality and Intelligences.

Chapter 3.  Managing Time and Money
Topics include lifetime goals, using priorities, estimating study and work time, schedules, time management techniques, dealing with procrastination, and money management.

Chapter 4.  Using Brain Science to Improve Memory
Topics include improving your memory, practical memory techniques based on brain science, using mnemonics and other memory tricks, optimizing your brain power, and positive thinking.

Chapter 5. Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
Topics include neuroscience and practical learning strategies, applying memory strategies to reading, how to be successful in your math course, and creating your success.

Chapter 6. Taking Notes, Writing and Speaking
Topics include taking notes on the college lecture, note taking systems, improving note taking efficiency, reviewing your notes, power writing, and the basics of public speaking.

Chapter 7.  Test Taking
Topics include test preparation, dealing with test anxiety, studying for math tests, tips for taking tests, and how to prepare for tests.

Chapter 8. Thinking Positively about the Future
Topics include positive thinking, thinking positively about your career, optimism, hope, future-mindedness, positive self-talk, affirmations, successful beliefs, and secrets to happiness.