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Thinking Student's Guide to College 75 Tips for Getting a Better Education

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ISBN-10: 0226721159

ISBN-13: 9780226721156

Edition: 2010

Authors: Andrew Lawrence Roberts

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Each fall, thousands of eager freshmen descend on college and university campuses expecting the best education imaginable: inspiring classes taught by top-ranked professors, academic advisors who will guide them to a prestigious job or graduate school, and an environment where learning flourishes outside the classroom as much as it does in lecture halls. Unfortunately, most of these freshmen soon learn that academic life is not what they imagined. Classes are taught by overworked graduate students and adjuncts rather than seasoned faculty members, undergrads receive minimal attention from advisors or administrators, and potentially valuable campus resources remain outside their grasp.…    
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Text Box: The Purposes of a College Education
How Universities Work
Text Box: The History of the University
Text Box: A Student's Guide to College Administration
Choosing a College
You Can Get an Equivalent Classroom Education at Most Reasonably Selective Colleges and Universities
Text Box: Nobel Prize Winners
The Key Distinction is between Small Colleges and Large Universities
Text Box: Where do Professors send their Children to College?
Reputation Doesn't Matter as Much as you Think
The Main Importance of Reputation is the Student Body it Attracts
Text Box: U.S. News Ratings
Text Box: Minorities and College Choice
Look for Signs of a Personalized Education
Consider the Cost
Differences in the Strength of Particular Departments are Not Usually a Good Basis for Choosing among Colleges
Text Box: Choosing a Foreign University
Consider the Different Varieties of General Education Programs
Don't Worry; Most Students are Happy with Their Choice
Choosing Classes
Consider Visiting Multiple Classes during the First Week of the Semester
Usually Trust Your First Impressions
Text Box: Priorities in Choosing Classes
Go for Variety, Especially Early On
At Least Once a Year Pick a Class That Doesn't Seem to Fit Your Interests
Take Classes with Heavy Writing Requirements
Take as Many Small Seminars and as Few Large Lecture Courses as Possible
Text Box: What does a Good Lecture Look Like?
Take Mostly Upper-Division Courses
Focus More on Methods than Topics
Seek out Classes that Provide you with Continuous Feedback and Take the Feedback Seriously
Know the Status of your Professors
Learn to be a Critical Reader of Student Evaluations of Faculty
Ask Professors you Know What Courses they would Recommend
Take Courses that Relate to Each Other
Study Abroad for at Least One Semester if Not an Entire Year
Don't Succumb to the "Two Cultures"
Don't Try to Get All of Your General Education Requirements out of the Way in Freshman and Sophomore Year
Audit Classes that you Don't Have Time to Take
Consider Independent Study Classes
Don't Take Too Many Classes with One Professor
Don't be Afraid to Exceed Requirements
Unless you Plan to Major in Chemistry or Biology, Leave Medical School Requirements until Later
Either Take Foreign Language Classes Seriously or Try to Place Out of Them
Be Discerning in Choosing Internships for Credit
Take Prerequisites with a Grain of Salt
Consider Graduate Courses
Choosing a Major
Sample a Lot of Different Departments
Choose a Major That you Love
Text Box: Some Neglected Majors
Find out what you are Good at
Don't Worry too Much about the Job Prospects of the Major
Choose Smaller Majors
Choose More Structured Majors
Text Box: Women and the Sciences
Go to an Academic Lecture Given in the Department
Be Skeptical about Double or Triple Majoring
Write a Senior Thesis
Don't Get Too Stressed out over your Choice
Being Successful
Manage your Time
Show Professors that you are Working Hard
Join a Small Study Group
Text Box: What Grades Mean
Ask for Help
Don't Let your Instructors Suspect that you are Taking Advantage of Them
Text Box: Grade Inflation
Learn the Rules of Critical Thinking and Apply them Constantly
Professorial Shortcuts for Writing
Professorial Shortcuts for Doing Research
Text Box: Self-Care
Interacting with Professors
Be Respectful
Be Curious about the Subject
Text Box: Interacting with Female Professors
Visit all your Professors during Office Hours at Least Once
Get to Know at Least One Professor Well
Find out what your Professors Research
Text Box: "Tenured Radicals"
Send E-mails Judiciously, Answer E-mails Promptly
Text Box: Writing an Effective E-Mail
Avoid Complaints about Grades
Become a Research Assistant
Ask for Recommendation Letters from Professors who know you well
Learning Outside the Classroom
Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Subscribe to an Intellectual Magazine
Read Academic Blogs
Text Box: Academic Blogs
Attend a Public Lecture Every Week
Spend Your Free Time in Coffeehouses
Make Friends with People who have Different Beliefs and Experiences
Get to Know Foreign Students
Going to Graduate School
There Seldom are Strong Reasons to Go to Graduate School Immediately after College
Learn More about the Career Graduate School is Leading to
Graduate School is not Just Advanced Undergrad
Text Box: Getting Fellowships
Ask your Professors' Advice about PhD Programs in Their Field
PhD Programs are not for Training Teachers
Text Box: Types of Graduate Programs
Prestige Does Matter for PhD Programs
Talk to Current Grad Students
Secrets of the Guild: Rules Professors Live by
Reduce Thy Teaching Load
Text Box: The Campus Novel
Publish or Perish
Pamper Grad Students
Limit the Effort you Devote to Undergraduates
Text Box: How to Improve your Professors
Play the Market
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