Making the Most of College Students Speak Their Minds

ISBN-10: 067401359X

ISBN-13: 9780674013599

Edition: 2001

Authors: Richard J. Light
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Description: Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students' experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? And how is greater diversity on campus--cultural, racial, and religious--affecting education? How can students and faculty benefit from differences and learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness? Two Harvard University Presidents invited Richard Light and his colleagues to explore these questions, resulting in ten years of interviews with 1,600 Harvard students. Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life. The stories that students shared with Light and his colleagues about their experiences of inspiration, frustration, and discovery fill the book with spirit. Some of the anecdotes are funny, some are moving, and some are surprising. Many are wise--especially about the ways of getting the best, in classroom and dormitory, from the new racial and ethnic diversity. Filled with practical advice, illuminated with stories of real students' self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, Making the Most of College presents strategies for academic success.

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 4.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Richard J. Light is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Introduction
Powerful Connections
Suggestions from Students
The Most Effective Classes
Good Mentoring and Advising
Faculty Who Make a Difference
Diversity on Campus
Learning from Differences
What College Leaders Can Do
The Assessment Project
References
Acknowledgments
Index
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