College and Career Success, 9th Edition Concise

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




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Brief Summary of What's New
Features of the Concise 9th Edition
Chapter Titles and Brief Content
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Resources: Instructor Manual, Student Learning Outcomes, Test Bank, Ppt.

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Brief Summary of What's New

The interactive online version can now be integrated with your course management system for ease of access and automated grading. This Concise version contains updated career information and trends for the next decade. The career portfolio contains updated assessments that have been renamed TruTalent Personality, Intelligences, Skills, and Learning Productivity.  

Features of the 9th Edition

Topics include college and career success.

Includes Concepts from Positive Psychology
Concepts from positive psychology are used to help students:

  • discover their strengths, interests, and values.
  • build on their strengths.
  • think positively about themselves and their future.
  • clarify what happiness means and work toward attaining happiness in life.

Helps Students Assume Responsibility for Their Own Success
Topics include motivation, positive thinking, locus of control, mindset, grit, future-mindedness, hope, belief, persistence, emotional intelligence, and learning positive behavior. 

Incorporates The Latest Research in Psychology, Education and Neuroscience
The suggested strategies in this textbook are all based on current research.  The latest research in neuroscience is translated into practical strategies for memory and study skills. 

Online Career Portfolio
The career material in the online portfolio helps students to make an informed choice of their college major and career.  It includes the TruTalent Personality, Intelligences, Skills, and Learning/ Productivity assessments. Note that these assessments are updated versions of the AchieveWORKS assessments. The results of these assessments are linked to the O*Net database of careers for career exploration.  It includes which helps students to find employment.  The material in the online portfolio is supplemented by The Interest Profiler linked in Chapter 3 which helps students to identify their vocational interests. 

Helps Students Find Employment after Graduation
This textbook includes:

  • information on career trends, the career decision-making process, educational planning, researching career information, and career outlook.
  • updated job search strategies, including the concept of online personal branding and using social media to find jobs. 
  • the basics of writing a resume and cover letter as well as interviewing tips.

Increasing Math Success
Since math is the gateway to high paying careers and is a challenging requirement for graduation, this edition has expanded material on how mindset, grit, and perseverance affect math success. Other topics include how to study math, take math notes, deal with math anxiety, how to be successful on math tests.

Tools for Student Engagement

  • Interactive activities within the text help students to practice the material learned. 
  • Frequent quizzes and answer keys within the chapters help students with reading comprehension and check understanding of key concepts.
  • Journal entries help students think critically and apply what they have learned to their personal lives. 
  • Individual and group exercises are included at the end of each chapter.

Resources at College Success 1

This website has additional materials to accompany the textbook. The Instructor Manual contains the PowerPoint Library, Test Bank, and over 500 pages of classroom exercises, handouts, and video suggestions. Word documents of the journal entries are provided for students. Links to these resources are at the bottom of this page.

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 the next decade. The updated TruTalent Personality and Multiple Intelligences Assessments are included. 

Chapter 3. Managing Time and Money
Topics include lifetime goals, using priorities, avoiding technology addiction, 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 (developing an interest, seeing the big picture, meaningful organization, the magical number seven theory, visualization, intent to remember, elaboration, distributing the practice, creating a basic background, managing stress), using mnemonics and other memory tricks, optimizing your brain power, and positive thinking. The section on optimizing brain power has been expanded to include stress, relaxation, and the importance of getting enough sleep. 

Chapter 5. Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
Topics include neuroscience and practical learning strategies (visual, audio, tactile, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory), 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, taking hand written notes, improving note taking efficiency, reviewing your notes, power writing (prepare, organize, write, edit, revise), writer's block, 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 thinking positively about your career, optimism, hope, future-mindedness, positive self-talk, affirmations, successful beliefs, and secrets to happiness. 

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Printed Edition

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Online Edition

If you are considering adoption of the interactive online version of College and Career Success Concise, contact Carla Lundman of HumanEsources at . She can work with your bookstore and email you instructions for an online demo. She can also arrange a Zoom Meeting to show the online text to your department. Here is a brief video introducing the online version.

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 printed copy at:  

Information for Bookstore Orders     

Printed Edition:

College and Career Success, 9th Edition Concise
Kendall Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-7924-6495-9
Author: Marsha Fralick

Online Edition:

College and Career Success, Concise Version,Online
ISBN: 978-1-7344-0097-7
Contact the Carla Lundman of HumanEsources at to set up your account and coordinate with your bookstore.

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

This textbook has many resources to make teaching easier.

The online edition has exemplary Customer Service to help you and your students get started using your account. Contact Customer Service for the online edition at 888-295-1520. You can also text 860-996-1143. You can email Customer Service at

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.

Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives, and Assessment
Download this document: Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives, and Assessment 9th Edition Concise.

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. The PowerPoint library is located in the Instructor Manual.

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 (Word Documents)