I teach a First Year Seminar class at a community college. Someone else picked the textbook, but I think it's actually pretty good and we get a cheap custom edition.
I also teach a developmental version of a gateway science course at a residential college. We tossed around the idea of assigning a similar book and asking the freshman in the science course to do some assignments pertaining to study habits and meta-cognition, and self-authorship.
So I set about researching the options. There is a book called "Focus on College Success" The pages have lots of side bars, and it's full of pictures. It actually looks pretty good in that the readings wouldn't be so arduous that it would do more harm than good.
But here's what blows me away. There's not one, but (at least) TWO, independently produced, "guides". You know, in case the 20 pages that included 20 pictures and 30 side bars are too much to get through.