The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival and Success, 7th Ed.


Whether enrolling in college for the first time or returning after an extended absence, this motivational guide provides adult students with a wealth of practical guidance. This handbook covers both how returning students can succeed academically and how to handle non-academic challenges such as:

• Balancing family, work, and other important responsibilities;
• Confronting fears, increasing self-confidence, and developing resiliency;
• Creating support groups and working in learning teams;
• Financing education through loans, grants, and scholarships;
• Managing time, preparing for tests, taking effective notes, and using internet resources.

This one-stop reference also includes self-assessments and action review checklists, as well as a website with additional resources.

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New edition of the Award-Winning guide!


USA Book News Award Finalist graphicALERT: The ASG-6 was an Award-Winner Finalist in the Education/Academic category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Al Siebert, PhD, and Mary Karr, MS
ISBN-13: 978-0-944227-45-9
168 pages, $15.95 + shipping
© 2016 Practical Psychology Press

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We are proud to announce that The Adult Student’s Guide was picked by the (now defunct) Black Expressions Book Club as a Fall 2010 member offering.

eBook versions of The Adult Student’s Guide will soon be available! Check with your local independent bookshop or these outlets:

(Also available at other online ebook retailers.)

If you haven’t been in school for a while, you probably feel nervous and have doubts about your ability to succeed in college. Guess what? We felt the same way when we first started!

Table of Contents

  1. Lots of Help Is Available (Read it Online here or go to
  2. Fears and Concerns: How to Confront and Overcome Them
  3. How to Choose Your Program, Get Financial Help and Become Oriented
  4. Actions That Lead to Success in College
  5. Online Learning
  6. The Best Way to Study
  7. How to Get High Grades on Tests
  8. How to Write Excellent Papers
  9. Learning Styles and Teaching Styles: How to Influence Instructors
  10. How to Gain Support and Encouragement from Your Family
  11. How to Balance Going to College with Working
  12. How to Handle Pressure Well
  13. Resiliency in a World of Non-Stop Change

Includes Activities, Index, Additional Readings and Online Resources.


“This text has proved to be exactly what our students need. We are a two-year Ag and Tech college in the SUNY system, and as such, we have many adults who are re-training after downsizing. I also incorporate information from Siebert’s The Survivor Personality in our discussions. No other textbook comes close to the practical needs of our students.”
Kathy Sellars, Adult Students Services
State University of New York – Morrisville
“This is a practical book for helping students achieve a balance between their already existing life and the demands of attending college.”
Earl J. Gintner, Ph.D.
Journal of College Student Development
“This book is phenomenal! I haven’t taken classes for years but I’m getting all my papers in on time, getting A’s in my courses, and still have time for everything else!”
Mary Rotvold, student


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Additional information

Weight .7 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .5 in