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The Secrets of College Success

The Secrets of College Success
Author: Lynn F. Jacobs - Jeremy S. Hyman
ISBN 13: 9780470874660
ISBN 10: 47087466
Edition: 1
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2010-07-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $15.95

"It would be impossible not to learn something important from this book." —J. Steven Reznick, professor and associate dean for first year seminars, University of North Carolina

If you're currently a college student, or plan on being one, you need to check out this book.

Written by award-winning professors Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman, it's loaded with insider information that only professors know — but few are willing to reveal.

"I laughed, I took notes, I loved every page. And I'm not even in college. If you are, don't even think about not buying this book. It will be the best thing you ever did for yourself."—Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

The over six hundred tips in this book will show you:

  • How to pick good courses and avoid bad professors
  • How to develop "college-level" skills and habits that'll put you ahead of the pack
  • How to get through the freshman comp, math, language, and lab science requirements — in one try
  • How to figure out what's going to be on the tests, and what professors are looking for in papers and presentations
  • How to pick a major you'll really like — and be good at
  • How to get the edge for graduate school — or the inside track to a really good job
  • and much more

The tips are quick and easy-to-use, and the advice is friendly and supportive. It's as if you had your own personal professor guiding you on the path to college success.

Library Journal

Wife-and-husband coauthors Jacobs (art history, Univ. of Arkansas) and Hyman present the second book in their "Professors' Guide" series and cover some of the same territory as their first effort, Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College. The sections on picking courses, the importance of attending class and taking good notes, how professors grade, writing a great paper, and acing exams will look familiar to readers of the first book. The style is also similar—lots of easy-to-read lists interspersed with tips and pointers and sprinkled with what adults think of as "kidspeak" (sweet, bummer, and texting abbreviations like IOHO and BFF).Verdict Though this book does not break new ground in the popular college prep genre, it is a well-organized, quick read. Not likely to be examined cover to cover by your average 18-year-old, it will be appreciated by keen yet nervous soon-to-be college students and their parents.—Sara Holder, McGill Univ., Montreal