"On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, Study Skills Plus Edition" was created for educators who would like to promote student growth and self-awareness, and whose goal it is to empower their students while providing more extensive instruction in study skills. "The Study Skills Plus Edition" engages students in a learner-centered construction of study skills knowledge, and gives students practice in applying empowerment strategies. "The On Course Study Skills Plus Edition" demonstrates the choices that successful students make. This new text highlights the very process of learning how to solve academic challenges with improved study skills so that students learn the empowering process of critical and creative problem solving that will enable them to achieve greater success in all parts of their lives. This is accomplished through case studies, where students can apply strategies they learn to scenarios before creating their own academic skills plan. A self-assessment tool at the beginning of the text helps students to identify behaviors and beliefs they may wish to change in order to achieve more of their potential in college and in life.
Students have an opportunity to revisit their self-assessment at the conclusion of the text. Written in a positive, motivational style, "On Course" empowers students with the tools they need to take charge of their success in college and in life. Downing's powerful guided journal entries are retained from the "On Course" text to help students develop essential life skills by encouraging exploration of personal responsibility, self-motivation, interdependence, and self-esteem.