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And You Thought Getting into College Was Hard . . .

Students who assume they can figure out college on the fly often learn things the hard way—they look back and think, “If only I’d known this from the start!” College Rules! will save you the time and trouble, setting you up for academic success from the get-go. Lesson #1: College is different from high school, and even those who were at the top of their class will need practical advice on how to successfully transition to college life. This updated and expanded third edition of College Rules! reveals strategies that aren’t taught in lectures, including how to:

 

Study smarter—not harder

Plan a manageable course schedule

Master e-learning technologies

Interact effectively with profs

Become a research pro—at the library and online

Organize killer study groups

Feel engaged—even in “yawn” courses

Survive the stresses of exam week

Succeed even as an alternative or adult student

Set yourself up for stellar recommendations

 

Saving time, energy, and aggravation by doing everything right the first time will free you up for that pizza break, ultimate frisbee game, or ski trip even quicker. Why? Because College Rules!

Synopsis:

An updated, expanded edition of the popular guide written by two college professors that gives students a crash course in college survival 101.

In a sink-or-swim environment, this handbook is a lifeline, helping students navigate the uncharted waters of university life. Now extensively revised, College Rules! shares essential advice and strategies that aren’t taught in lectures or seminars. Students learn how to study effectively, handle stress, prepare for tests, stay motivated, balance academics and a social life, and avoid common rookie mistakes. Offering much more than study tips, this go-to guide provides students with the tools they need to thrive, both in their classes and in the campus community.

About the Author

SHERRIE NIST-OLEJNIK, PhD, is a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and the former director of the Division of Academic Enhancement. An active researcher and sought after lecturer, she has published numerous articles and textbooks focused on studying and learning at the college level.

JODI PATRICK HOLSCHUH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University. An award-winning educator, she teaches undergraduate courses on building effective and efficient study habits, and also works with college instructors on enhancing students’ capacity to learn at the university level.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Introduction      1

 

Chapter 1   You’re in the Big Time Now     7

Doing College  •  But What If I Wasn’t the World’s Greatest High School Student?  •  Six Ways College Differs from High School  •  Start Off Strong

 

Chapter 2   Where to Find the Help You Need      21

I Need Help!  •  Getting Hassle-Free Help

 

Chapter 3   A Few Words About Professors     30

Just What the Heck Do Professors Do?  •  I Have an Appointment with One of “Them”--Now What?  •  Hangin’ with Your Profs  •  What Do Your Profs Think about You?

 

Chapter 4   Zen and the Art of Course Selection      41

Racking Up the Credits: How Many Courses Should You Take?  •  Ommmm: Creating a Balance  •  Working with Your Advisor  •  Choosing Your Professors  •  Making a Plan  •  Withdrawal Symptoms  •  Know Thy GPA

 

Chapter 5   Major Decisions: Selecting a Field of Study     56

Help! I Don’t Know What I Want to Do When I Grow Up  •  So Many Choices!  •  Double (or Even Triple) Majors  •  Major Assistance Is Out There  •  Why Choosing a Major ­ Choosing a Career

 

Chapter 6   Classes, Work, and Play: Adjusting to the      Demands of College      69

Lots of Changes  •  Characteristics of Well-Rounded Students

Chapter 7   Timely Tips: The ABC(&D)s of Time Management     82

 

The Forty-Hour Mindset  •  The Alphabet Approach: The ABC(&D)s of Managing Your Life  •  The Advantages of Excelling at Time Management

 

Chapter 8   “I Think I Can, I Think I Can”: Getting and      Staying Motivated     96

Setting Goals You Can Accomplish  •  Getting Motivated  •  And Staying Motivated  •  Reviving Your Motivation

 

Chapter 9   Igniting the Fire: Discovering Your Inner Learner     110

What Is Your Orientation?  •  Is Interest Really All It’s Cracked Up to Be?  •  Faking It  •  Who’s to Blame for Success and Failure?  •  Get Your Learning Groove Back

 

Chapter 10   Arrrrrrrgh! and Other Ways to Handle Stress     122

Good Stress/Bad Stress  •  What Causes College Stress?  •  Academic Stress  •  Nonacademic College Stress  •  What Does Stress Do to You?  •  Reducing Stress Levels

 

Chapter 11   What’s It All About? Understanding How You Learn     134

Profiles of Amazing Students  •  Learning Matters  •  How the Learning Thing REALLY Works

 

Chapter 12   Can You Believe That?     146

How Certain Are You?  •  Is It Really That Simple?  •  How Quick Should Learning Be?  •  Who’s in Charge?  •  Are You Math-Brained or English-Brained?  •  Transforming Your Beliefs

 

Chapter 13   Shhhhh . . . A Moment of Silence, Please:      Concentrating While You Study     157

Creating a First-Rate Learning Environment  •  Getting Rid of Distractions  •  Six Ways to Improve Concentration

 

Chapter 14   Your Course Syllabus Is Your Friend     169

Anatomy of a Syllabus  •  What Can Your Syllabus Do for You?

 

Chapter 15   What’s Up, Doc? Understanding Your      Prof’s Expectations      180

Why Bother Figuring Out the Tasks?  •  Figuring It Out  •  But What If You Still Don’t Get It?  •  Smart Strategy Selection

Chapter 16   Take Note!      192

 

Write On: Some Terrific Note-Taking Tips  •  Be Creative: Use the Split-Page Method of Note Taking  •  You’re Almost There: Self-Testing Using the Split-Page Method  •  Different Strokes for Different Folks: Modifying the Split-Page Method

Chapter 17   Words! Words! Words!     207

 

How Can I Be in College and Still Need to Learn New Words?  •  Building Your Vocabulary  •  Using Context  •  Using the Dictionary or Glossary  •  Using Word Structure  •  Knowing a Word

 

Chapter 18   Active Reading     219

Reading for Learning  •  Warming Up: Previewing Before You Read  •  Annotation: Text Messages for Active Reading  •  The Nuts and Bolts of Annotation  •  A Sample Annotation  •  Studying Your Annotations

 

Chapter 19   Three Rs and an M: Remembering What You      Have Read and Heard     234

Reflecting: Thinking About Information  •  Rehearsing: Getting Information into Your Memory  •  Reviewing: Keeping Information in Memory  •  Monitoring Your Learning

 

Chapter 20   Studying Smarter      251

Being Flexible: Selecting and Modifying Strategies  •  Acting like Einstein: Studying in the Sciences  •  Beyond Freud and Mead: Studyingin the Social Sciences  •  The Art of the Dance: Studying in the Humanities  •  Parlez-Vous Français? Studying Foreign Languages  •  X + Y = What? Studying Mathematics

 

Chapter 21   Learning 2.0: Technology, College, and You     266

Tech to Expect  •  Reading on the Screen  •  Taking Notes on Your Laptop  •  To Help or Not to Help: Online Lecture Notes  •  Classrooms Without Walls  •  Exams Go High Tech  •  Are You a PC or a MAC?  •  Password Protect Yourself  •  If You Wouldn’t Put It on Your Resume, Don’t Post It Online  •  Keep It Clean

 

Chapter 22   Everything You Wanted to Know About      Research and Presentations but Were Afraid to Ask      281

Finding Resources in the Library and on the Web  •  Forget the Five-Paragraph Essay  •  The Confusing World of Plagiarism  •  Creating First-Rate Presentations

 

Chapter 23   It’s More than Multiple Guess: Prepping for and      Taking Objective Exams      296

Studying for Objective Exams  •  Tips for Taking Objective Exams  •  Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe . . . If You Have to Guess  •  An A+ for You: Evaluating Your Test Performance

 

Chapter 24   Bluebook Blues: Prepping for and      Taking Essay Exams     309

Studying for Essay Exams  •  It’s All in the Way It’s Worded  •  Elements of a Good Essay  •  Put It in Writing

 

Chapter 25   Is That Your Final Answer?     322

Smart Exam Prep  •  A Word About Cramming  •  Surviving Midterms and Finals

Chapter 26   Just the FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions      331

 

One Final, Unsolicited Piece of Advice

 

About the Authors      336

Index      338

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607740018
Author:
Nist Olejnik, Sherrie
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Holschuh, Jodi Patrick
Author:
Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie
Author:
Various
Subject:
General
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Study Skills
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE COLOR
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 9 in 5.34 lb

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In a sink-or-swim environment, this handbook is a lifeline, helping students navigate the uncharted waters of university life. Now extensively revised, College Rules! shares essential advice and strategies that aren’t taught in lectures or seminars. Students learn how to study effectively, handle stress, prepare for tests, stay motivated, balance academics and a social life, and avoid common rookie mistakes. Offering much more than study tips, this go-to guide provides students with the tools they need to thrive, both in their classes and in the campus community.

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