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10 Strategies for Your Success In College

by Professor Susan Brill de Ramirez

10 Strategies for Your Success In College

 

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Praise for 10 Strategies for Your Success in College

“An absolute must-read for every student in today's schools!”

“I highly recommend it for high school students, college students, and their instructors.”

 

Professor Brill de Ramírez’s book 10 Strategies for Your Success in College provides 10 essential tips that will help college students succeed and high school students prepare for success in college. 

Readers will learn about the importance of relationships, collaborations, teamwork, and strong networks for success in college, career, and life. Each chapter includes specific guidance to help students make good decisions, hyperlinks to important resources to help students be more informed, and a list of key chapter take-aways at the end of each chapter plus a list of the 10 Strategies at the end of the book.

Most important for readers is the vital fact that each student matters. Every person matters. Each person, YOU, can potentially contribute to the world in big ways. In order to do this, students need to discover and act upon the following:

  • Who you are and what your strengths are,
  • What you are interested in and what you want to see materialize in your life and career,
  • And what difference you want to make in the world.

No matter where you are right now, if you use this book as a guidepost for your academic, career, and life success, you will learn strategies that, when applied successfully, will make your life and career journey that much more rewarding and successful. 

Make College Work for You

by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Make College Work for You

Make College Work for You challenges students to become strategic and self-disciplined learners. You will learn to develop college success and behavioral skills. Through effective communication and clear reasoning, you will learn to develop and reinforce your ongoing growth forward to a great career and life.

MyStudentSuccessLab (www.mystudentsuccesslab.com) helps students to 'Start strong, Finish stronger' by acquiring the skills they need to succeed for ongoing personal and professional development.

Instructor's Manual for Make College Work for You

by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Instructor's Manual for Make College Work for You

The Instructor's Manual for Make College Work for You is freely available to faculty members at both the high school and college level for use with the student text Make College Work for You. Classroom exercises and assignments are provided for each of the chapters. The publisher's website includes a full set of Powerpoint slides and additional resources for instructor and student use.

Women Ethnographers and Native Women Storytellers

Relational Science, Ethnographic Collaboration, and Tribal Community

Women Ethnographers and Native Women Storytellers

This book focuses on the collaborative work between Native women storytellers and their female ethnographers and/or editors, but the book is also about what it is that is constitutive of scientific rigor, factual accuracy, cultural authenticity, and storytelling signification and meaning. Regardless of discipline, academic ethnographers who conducted their field work research during the twentieth century were trained in the accepted scientific methods and theories of the time that prescribed observation, objectivity, and evaluative distance. In contradistinction to such prescribed methods, regarding the ethnographic work conducted among Native Americans, it turns out that the intersubjectively relational work of women (both ethnographers and the Indigenous storytellers with whom they worked) has produced far more reliably factual, historically accurate, and tribally specific Indigenous autobiographies than the more “scientifically objective” approaches of most of the male ethnographers. 

This volume provides a close lens to the work of a number of women ethnographers and Native American women storytellers to elucidate the effectiveness of their relational methods. Through a combined rhetorical and literary analysis of these ethnographies, we are able to differentiate the products of the women’s working relationships. By shifting our focus away from the surface level textual reading that largely approaches the texts as factually informative documents, literary analysis provides access into the deeper levels of the storytelling that lies beneath the surface of the edited texts. Non-Native scholars and editors such as Franc Johnson Newcomb, Ruth Underhill, Nancy Lurie, Julie Cruikshank, and Noël Bennett and Native storytellers and writers such as Grandma Klah, María Chona, Mountain Wolf Woman, Mrs. Angela Sidney, Mrs. Kitty Smith, Mrs. Annie Ned, and Tiana Bighorse help us to understand that there are ways by which voices and worlds are more and less disclosed for posterity. The results vary based upon the range of factors surrounding their production, but consistent across each case is the fact that informational accuracy is contingent upon the the degree of mutual respect and collaboration in the women’s working relationships. And it is in their pioneering intersubjective methodologies that the work of these women deserves far greater attention and approbation. 

Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance

edited by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance

Native American writer from Acoma Pueblo, Simon J. Ortiz is widely regarded as one of the literary giants of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with more than two dozen volumes of poetry, prose fiction, children's literature, and nonfiction work.

This edited volume is devoted to the depth and range of Ortiz's contribution to contemporary Native American literature and literary scholarship. Including interviews with Ortiz, short creative nonfiction essays by Native women writers and scholars, and innovative critical discussions by a dozen scholars.

The range of scholarship herein sheds light on the larger historical, cultural, and political factors that have shaped Native writing over the last four decades.

Native America Life-History Narratives

by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Native America Life-History Narratives

Since the arrival of Europeans on American shores, Native peoples have recounted stories about their encounters with the invading and colonizing outsiders. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the published narratives about the colonization of Indian peoples and lands have been framed and controlled by European and, later, Euroamerican chroniclers.

Through close attention to over a hundred years of work among the Navajo recording life history stories, Brill de Ramírez helps us to understand Navajo ethnography in new ways to access and begin to listen to what generations of Navajo storytelling-informants tried to communicate in their rich (and often coded) stories.

The volume concludes with an introduction of ethnographic work in Navajo country that has been distinguished for its reliability, accuracy, and authenticity. These collections were primarily initiated from within the tribal community and produced through collaborative relationships.

Contemporary American Indian Literatures & The Oral Tradition

by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Contemporary American Indian Literatures & The Oral Tradition

Because American Indian literatures are largely informed by their respective oral storytelling traditions, they may be more difficult to understand or interpret than the more text-based literatures with which most readers are familiar. In order to fully understand American Indian literatures, Brill de Ramírez explains that the reader must become a listener-reader, an active participant in the written stories.

To demonstrate this point, she explores literary works both by established Native writers such as Sherman Alexie, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Luci Tapahonso and by less-well-known writers such as Anna Lee Walters, Della Frank, Lee Maracle, and Louis Owens. 

Through this innovative approach, Brill de Ramírez shows that literature is not a static text but an interactive and potentially transforming conversation between listener-readers, storyteller-writers, and the story characters as well. 

Wittgenstein and Critical Theory

by Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez

Wittgenstein and Critical Theory

The crucial point of this book is that of fit: which critical methods prove most useful towards opening up which texts? Close investigations into the parameters of the language games of texts, critics, and methods enable us to determine which paths to take towards more complete descriptive analyses, critique, and understanding.

The work of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein provides us with a strong means of developing such a method for literary criticism. In this way, scholars and readers will be able to escape the seemingly endless dialectic between modern and postmodern theory. Instead of debating which theory is theoretically best, we need to describe when theories and methods work—and when they do not.